• Friday, June 25, 2021 7:34 PM | Anonymous member

    Job Description:

    This position is a part-time opportunity serving as the Norris Gaynor Intern assisting the Education Department at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida. This position supports a variety of on and off-site educational programs delivered to audiences of all ages. The prospective Intern need not be an education nor science major – art, English, computer majors, etc. could possess skills to aid the education department. Any outgoing person with an interest in education or the environment is encouraged to apply. Working with staff at the Reserve virtually may be a component of this internship, so computer skills are required. Reliable internet connection and a computer with a camera are ideal for this position. The Intern is expected to work during the times they are scheduled and successfully complete assigned tasks within a reasonable time frame. The Intern should be prepared for work both indoors and outdoors. Skills preferred include: ability to follow directions, ability to manage time appropriately, ability to communicate effectively and appropriately to a variety of age groups, ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    Responsibilities: Primary duties include assisting with delivery of programs for 4th grade, 7th grade and high school/college students. The Education Intern will also deliver programs and presentations to the general public whether it be in-person or virtually. These could take place on-site at our Environmental Learning Center or offsite at Outreach events. Based on the applicant's interest and availability, other responsibilities may include: interactive surveys, photography and video production, aquarium assistance, and the handling of live marine animals. The Intern will be highly encouraged to observe/participate in field work with other Reserve departments to enhance their understanding of the variety of work that takes place within Reserve boundaries.

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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:50 PM | Anonymous member

    More Content, More Flexibility 

    July 26–30
    Register for a full week of exciting sessions, workshops, speakers, and virtual site tours. Yearlong access and pay-what-you-can pricing available.

    Join us July 26-30 for more than 50 interactive live sessions, enjoy 24 hour on-demand access to more than 60 sessions throughout the conference week, and access all of the sessions for up to one year.

    Professional development certificates are available for all sessions.

    More Information

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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:48 PM | Anonymous member

    How do we demonstrate evidence-based outcomes of environmental education (EE) without letting go of the passion that breathes energy into the field? 

    Whether you are an educator, EE provider, funder, or advocate, learn how to use the data from eeWORKS to back up the feel-good EE stories you hear about to support your work. You will hear from researchers and learn about communications tools you can use to help you structure and evaluate programs, provide professional development, apply for funding opportunities, make the case for EE to policymakers, and more.

    Learn More

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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:46 PM | Anonymous member

    We need your help and input!!! The Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence were first published in 2004 and have been updated about every five years since then. We are in the process of revising these guidelines once again. The process is iterative. Our writing team developed a first draft. We invite you to review this draft and provide comments that will be used in the revision process. 

    This set of guidelines describes recommendations for developing and administering high quality environmental education programs. These recommendations provide a tool that can be used to ensure a firm foundation for new programs or demonstrate program value and trigger improvements in existing ones.  

    How You Can Help:

    Please feel free to let others know about the opportunity to comment. Thank you in advance for your work. Your participation is essential to the process. 

  • Monday, June 21, 2021 5:47 PM | Anonymous member

    We invite you to join our new, 5-week, online course--E-STEM Education--starting July 5! And share the link with your friends, family, colleagues, and students--anyone from 15-95 years old, who is interested in helping the environment. 


    Cornell University 

    E-STEM Education

    5-week Online course
    July 5 – August 8, 2021


    View the course trailer.

    Learn More & Register


    E-STEM Education is designed for teachers and nonformal educators who want to help youth become scientifically literate, environmental citizens. Teachers will learn how to integrate environmental education into STEM classes such as biology and earth science, and non-formal educators will learn how to make science part of nature and environmental education programs. You will also learn about inquiry-based and project-based learning, and other active learning strategies, and apply what you learn to develop your own E-STEM lesson plans. 

    In this course, you will:

    1.    Understand the connection between environmental education and science education.

    2.    Learn about different outcomes of E-STEM education.

    3.    Explore different learning approaches including problem-based, inquiry-based, project-based, and place-based learning.

    4.    Develop an E-STEM lesson plan for your classes, programs, families or communities.

    5.    Participate actively in a global online community of E-STEM educators.

    Participants who complete the course are awarded a Cornell University certificate (PDF). 


    Cost is $60 (strongly encouraged). We accept participants who are only able to pay less or who are not able to pay.  


    Questions: Email us at CivicEcology@cornell.edu, Use “E-STEM” in the subject line.


    Anne Armstrong and Marianne Krasny

    Civic Ecology Lab

    Cornell University

  • Monday, June 21, 2021 2:55 PM | Anonymous member

    by Kasamba Kokayi, Special to Gainesville Sun USA TODAY NETWORK

    Florida depends on water. Just like anywhere else, water is essential for life.

    Here, the beauty of the water and nature around it are essential for tourism and agriculture. The question is: Who decides how the water is distributed, who can do what with the water, and what are the laws surrounding water and the environment?

    It's surprising that in a state that depends on its water so much, most of its citizens can't answer those questions. The answer is the water management districts. For decades these organizations have made the decisions regarding water in Florida. The problem is most people still can't tell you much about them.

    In 2003, the Suwannee River Water Management district reached out to the University of Florida's Samuel Proctor Oral History Program with a solution: an oral history project dedicated to telling the history of Florida's unique situation with water management and its inner workings from some of the most influential people in Florida water management. The Florida Water Management Project is a collection of 58 interviews, giving intimate details of how water management in Florida began and the laws and concepts surrounding it.

    During its inception, one of the project's goals was to educate the people of Florida and to create some sort of resource website for the project. That has long since been forgotten, but now the project is online and available to the public via the University of Florida Digital collections. Anyone in the state can now access this wonderful wealth of information.

    As Floridians we all have a duty to be a part of what happens to our water. Not only does the state depend on the water economically but so does its environment and citizens. We all need to be a part of the process of what happens with our water. Otherwise, it can fall into the hands of corporate interests.

    The Florida Water Management Project was intended to educate the people of Florida, but in 2010 when Rick Scott came into office he put an end to that. The project was left in limbo for almost a decade.

    Some of the people in our government don't want us to know the details of water management, and they don't want us to know what they are doing with our money. Even recently, Seven Springs Water Co. got a renewal on their contract to pump water out of Ginnie Springs, even though the Suwannee River Water Management District initially did not approve of it. Now Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed two new members to the Suwannee River district board, members who represent his interests.

    Water management in Florida has been historically led by environmentalists. Those who worked on the boards for the water management districts were never paid. When people tried to abuse the power of their positions, they were swiftly removed. This was done to protect the land and the water of our beautiful state.

    To continue protecting our state and our water all citizens should understand the water management districts and what they do.

    When you let your grass grow tall, it's easy for vermin to make their way into your yard.

    I encourage anyone who reads this to visit https://bit.ly/floridawatermanagement and read or listen to some of the interviews in the Florida Water Management Project.

    Kasamba Kokayi is a UF graduate and the coordinator for the Florida Water Management Project at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

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  • Monday, June 21, 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous member

    August 5, 2021 at 7pm

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    Ron Magill, Communications and Media Relations Director for Zoo Miami, recently was fortunate to be able to travel to Michoacán, Mexico to witness the incredible migration of the monarch butterflies. This is something that has fascinated him ever since high school when it was featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. For many years, no one knew where all of the monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains disappeared to every Fall. Through a series of many images, he will tell the story of the monarch butterflies and why it is so important to understanding the health of our environment.

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:46 PM | Anonymous member

    2021 Florida KidCare Back-to-School Mini-Grants Program

    Call for Grant Proposal (CGP)


    The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation (Corporation) is announcing a Call for Grant Proposal (CGP) for its 2021 Florida KidCare Back-to-School Mini-Grants Program.


    This is a competitive opportunity for qualified entities and organizations ("Respondents") to submit proposals. Respondents located in any Florida county are eligible to respond to this statewide CGP. Florida KidCare has an extensive network of existing community- and school-based partners throughout the state, and is looking for Grantees who can complement these existing efforts and expand into other Florida counties to access more uninsured child populations.


    Up to 8 Back-to-School Mini Grants are available in the amount of $6,000 each. The CGP explains in detail the deliverables and activities required. The anticipated campaign timeline for when all activities and deliverables must be conducted is June 28, 2021 - October 31, 2021.


    The Corporation will accept questions about this CGP from potential Respondents until 5:00 p.m. ET on June 11, 2021. They may be submitted to the Issuing Manager at outreach@healthykids.org with "CGP Question" in the subject line of the email. Responses to any questions will be publicly posted on June 15, 2021.


    To be considered for an award, all electronic proposals in PDF format (see CGP for instructions) must be submitted to the Issuing Manager by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 21, 2021.


    The anticipated Notice of Contract award will be publicly announced and posted on June 25, 2021, via the Healthy Kids website at: healthykids.org/news/calendar/procurement/.


    Click here to view the CGP


  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member


    Learn about the Sarasota County environment in a fun, action-packed camp.

    The 4-H Youth Development Program provides educational experiences through a "learn by doing" approach and helps youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of society. Through 4-H experiences and relationships, youth build better lives and become better stewards, employees, community citizens, and leaders.

    This five-day, 4-H camp adventure—open to any youth age 10-14—combines classroom experiences with field trips to natural areas around Sarasota County.

    Participants will learn about the environment and ecosystems, make scientific inquiries and observations, and get hands-on learning and experience in environmental science and education.


    • June 28 to July 2
    • 9 am - 4 pm daily


    • UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County at 6700 Clark Road, Twin Lakes Park, Sarasota
    • Field trips to Oscar Scherer and Myakka River state parks, Siesta Key Beach, and Florida House Institute


    • $185 for the week
    • Before-/after-care available for additional fees

    *Scholarships available


    Register here: https://v2.4honline.com

    For more information...

    Email: 4h@scgov.net

    Phone: (941) 861-9833

    Need help registering? Fill out our form to get in touch with an agent.

    Register Here

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