• Monday, August 03, 2020 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Central/South Trail Program Manager, Jenna Taylor, writes:

    Florida is home to over 500 invasive species that impact both our waters and lands. The University of Florida is asking for help in tracking these invasive species throughout Florida.

    The UF Invasive Species Program focuses on educating the public, collecting data on the spread and impact of invasives, and coordinating efforts for safe and effective removal. They encourage individuals to get involved in the following ways:

    1.) Use the IveGot1 app- Developed through a collaborative agreement with the National Parks Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida to report invasives. The aim is to better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become a problem. It also allows researchers to seek out outliers, a species popping up where it has never been before, so it can be addressed quickly before further spreading. The app is easy to use and allows a hiker to upload a gps location, description and photo. Hikers may also call 1-888-IveGot.

    2.) Get involved with a local IFAS Invasive Program- Every county in Florida hosts a local UF IFAS Extension office where they tackle statewide issues at the local level.

    3.) PlayCleanGo - This campaign focuses on reminding hikers and visitors of natural lands to always remember to clean gear,clothing and pets when moving from one location to another to prevent transfer of invasives. Long distance spread can place an invasive into a new environment without natural enemies where the aggressive species can rapidly take over.

    As you return to the Trail, keep these simple opportunities in mind to help protect Florida’s native ecosystem. Everyone can play a role in the prevention and eradication of invasive species along the Florida Trail!


  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 5:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    15 Strategies for Communicating Science and Data to Non-Scientists:

    Learn how to engage your audience and design effective PowerPoint slides


    AUGUST 20, 2020

    Do you speak at conferences, public meetings, or other events where you need to convey a specific message? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t quite hold the attention of your audience members? Would you like to learn a simpler, more effective way to design your slides? Join presentation coach and trainer, Cathy Angell, for a fast-paced and entertaining class that will show you how to:

    • Present visuals that have impact
    • Deliver data in a way that sticks in people’s brains
    • Transform the way you do PowerPoint

    More Information

    Register Here


  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 6, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

    Join us to understand how scientific research and community volunteers have increased protection for nesting shorebirds in Southwest Florida.

    During this one-hour webinar you will have the opportunity to ask live questions of the presenters. Presentations will cover:

    • How shorebirds are protected by the award winning volunteer group Team OCEAN
    • What a critical wildlife area is and how they are established in Florida
    • How long-term monitoring was key to influence policy change

    Learn more!

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hi, LEEFers:

    We want to personally reach out and let you know that we're thinking of you throughout the COVID-19 crisis.  Even though we may no longer be able to meet in person, we're still doing all we can to provide value to our members.

    In July, there's a great opportunity to participate in LEEF's new virtual book club and become familiar with the memoir of plant scientist and researcher Hope Jahren.

    "In this enthralling memoir, Hope Jahren—a professor of geobiology at the University of Hawaii—combines a celebration of scientific curiosity, a detailed account of what it’s like to be a working research scientist, and a surprisingly moving personal story of friendship in unexpected places."

    • You are encouraged to join LEEF's book club.  
    • Registration will be limited so register now.
    • Meetings will be held in the evening from 7:30-8:15 on Tuesday evenings via Zoom.
    • In July, the dates are July 14, 21, and 28.
    • Best of all--the first 10 who register will receive a free Kindle download of Lab Girl!
    • Other participants may order this bestselling book in digital or hardback from several different vendors at a reasonable price.
    • Together we will select the next book to read for August.

    This is a difficult time for all of us, but you're not alone: we're committed to helping you feel connected during our forced pandemic separation.


  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Application Window: May 25th - June 29th, 2020

    Notification of Acceptance: July 20th, 2020

     

    Start Date: September 7th, 2020

    End Date: December 19th, 2020

    Position Start Date:

    Monday, September 7, 2020

    Job Duration:

    Temporary

    How to Apply:

    To apply: please go to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/crfintern(link is external)

    Job Compensation:

    Stipend

    Compensation Information:

    Interns are given a moderate monthly stipend.

    Contact Name:

    JD Reinbott

    Contact Phone:

    (305) 453-0730

    Contact Email:

    jd@coralrestoration.org


    Interns can expect to gain a vast amount of experience both on the water and in our Education Center (EC). In the EC, interns will learn a range of tasks including answering phones, greeting and engaging visitors, processing field data, and performing aquarium maintenance. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to work closely with CRF staff members on a variety of projects related to conservation and non-profit administration. Diving takes place 1-4* times per week, with interns assisting CRF staff and volunteers in the management of CRF’s offshore coral nurseries, the out-planting of coral colonies, and the monitoring of reefs throughout the Florida Keys. Interns will also play a crucial role as the team leaders for the groups of recreational divers that participate in CRF’s dive programs throughout the year. On these programs, interns will be expected to lead divers of varying skill levels through basic nursery and out-planting tasks. Interns are also asked to present to the community on several occasions, assist at outreach events, and participate in important discussions within the foundation. Internship positions generally last four months and are full-time positions (40hrs/wk).

    *Diving is weather dependent, and can cause fluctuation in days on the water, sometimes resulting in weeks where there is zero water time.

    For more information, click here.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Jennifer Macbeth is an Instructor II in the Department of Integrated Studies. Ms. Macbeth was recently highlighted as a Course Hero for her work in promoting sustainable eating with an innovative Food Footprint Portfolio project in her course, Beans and Bugs: Impacts and Solutions in Food Production.  The primary goals of her teaching philosophy are to enhance environmental awareness, create service-oriented citizens and develop student's ability to critically analyze information and communicate it effectively. She uses high impact practices and skillfully integrated technology to enhance student's critical thinking, understanding of content, and brings magic back into learning for all of her students. 

    Read more about Ms. Macbeth’s creative Food Footprint Portfolio in Course Hero.


  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    LEEF Mini Grant Program

    LEEF's mission is to advance environmental literacy and promote stewardship through excellence in environmental education. None of that is possible without educators who are empowered with the resources and tools that they need so we're here to help with the LEEF Mini Grant Program.


    The LEEF Mini Grant Program was established to promote environmental education and conservation through projects of formal and non-formal educators and organizations. Members, both individuals and organizations, are invited to submit grant proposals for consideration.


    Please note that the LEEF Mini Grant is limited to no more than $750 and applicants must have been LEEF Members for at least one year. A project summary report and poster presentation at the 2021 LEEF Conference is required of recipients. For all details and requirements, please review the "LEEF Mini Grant Guidelines".


    If you would like to apply for this wonderful opportunity, please complete this application. You will also need to complete this Project Budget form and email it to director@leef-florida.org no later than June 30, 2020.


  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The 2020 Florida Envirothon was done a little differently this year due to COVID-19. We, the board of the Florida Envirothon, decided that high school students were missing out on too much this year due to the home sequestering and social distancing. We also all agreed that the environmental competition is valuable enough for us to step out of our comfort zones and go digital! For many of us, learning how to take an in-person competition that has been going on for over 20 years and turn it into an online competition took a lot of time, ingenuity and a fast learning curve, but we knew it was worth it. The 10 teams that competed were very thankful – especially the handful of seniors that have competed all four years in high school and didn’t want to miss out on their last year. We also received comments of how great it was to have some normalcy in their lives – even though it was done so differently. All in all, it was a better turnout than we expected on such short notice. The advisers/teachers that helped make this happen for their students really need to be commended. They had to not only step up to the plate with their everyday classwork, but also work with us on the logistics of the online version of the Florida Envirothon. To all you teachers going above and beyond – you are amazing!!! Teams first had to compete in their regional events – thank goodness most were done before the statewide shutdown. The winning teams from the participating counties were able to compete in the state-wide event. Normally the winning team would represent Florida at the NCF international Envirothon in July/August, but they weren’t sure of what would be happening with COVID-19 and decided to cancel this year’s week-long event. Here are counties and teams that participated along with any awards they won.

    Duval – Banana Men – Current Issue topic awardees

    Indian River – The Carsonites – Aquatic Biology topic awardees

    Lee – Force of Nature

    Manatee – The Green Gang – Soil & Land Use topic awardees

    Miami-Dade – Symbiants – 3rd Place Winners

    Pasco – The Green Party – Wildlife topic awardees

    Sarasota – Demetrios – Oral Presentation awardees

    Union – Hexcellence – Forestry topic awardees

    Volusia – Advancing Glaciers – 1st Place Winners (reining champs two years in a row!)

    One county is not allowed to be mentioned, but they did win 2nd place!

    All participants were mailed participation certificates. Teams that won an award were mailed certificates for their achievements along with 1st place receiving a $200 check, 2nd place a $150 check and 3rd place a $100 check. All participants were also mailed a special Gone Digital theme t-shirt for participating in this year’s competition. We also couldn’t have done it without the volunteers. Although it wasn’t done in-person and we didn’t need as many volunteers as usual, we still needed help in grading tests and scoring the oral presentations. Some of the slide presentations were phenomenal! The board members’ organizations that make this event possible are Science Eye, Environmental Conservation Organization, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Forest Service, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, retired Soil & Water Conservation. The volunteers were from Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, South Florida Water Management District, Manatee County Government/Ag and Extension Service/partnering with NRCS, University of Miami – RSMAS, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. It may not have been an ideal situation, but it was a great experience, wonderful turnout and an uplifting event under the circumstances. Congratulations to all who participated for another event well done!

    For more information on the Florida Envirothon and how you can create a team for your high school students to participate at a regional event, go to www.flenvirothon.com.

    Written by Dawn Miller-Walker, Florida Envirothon President



  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sharing job opportunities with our community:


    Daggerwing Nature Center, Green Cay Nature Center, and Okeeheelee Nature Center

    Three (3) ASSISTANT NATURALIST POSITIONS – part time, ~20 hrs/wk (variable work schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays) $11.85/hr


    DUTIES INCLUDE:

    Assisting with planning, implementing and evaluating nature based and indoor/outdoor recreational programs, environmental/historical/cultural educational programs and community events. Conducts educational programs both indoor and outdoor; provides facility coverage for rentals, user groups, and partner groups. Assist with animal care, daily facility operations and maintenance of the facility, trails and boardwalks depending upon assigned areas. Work is performed with considerable independence within the scope of departmental rules, regulations and program policy.

    MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

    Valid Florida Driver’s License. Graduation from high school or an equivalent certification, experience planning and implementing outdoor recreational/nature related activities and programs.

    NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    Must obtain First Aid / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training within six (6) months of hire.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    Experience handling and caring for native and/or exotic wildlife; Experience working with volunteers; Experience assisting with teaching science/environmental education programs; Customer service experience; Experience participating in outdoor recreational programs/activities.

    If interested in these positions, please submit your resume and preferred nature center location to:

    Bobby Seals

    Email: bseals@pbcgov.org

    Fax: (561) 496-4369

    Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.



  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    From LEEF's Executive Director:


    LEEF Mini Grant Program

    LEEF's mission is to advance environmental literacy and promote stewardship through excellence in environmental education.  None of that is possible without educators who are empowered with the resources and tools that they need so we're here to help with the LEEF Mini Grant Program.The LEEF Mini Grant Program was established to promote environmental education and conservation through projects of formal and non-formal educators and organizations. Members, both individuals and organizations, are invited to submit grant proposals for consideration.

    Please note that the LEEF Mini Grant is limited to no more than $750 and applicants must have been LEEF Members for at least one year. A project summary report and poster presentation at the 2021 LEEF Conference is required of recipients. For all details and requirements, please review the "LEEF Mini Grant Guidelines".

    If you would like to apply for this wonderful opportunity, please complete this application. You will also need to complete this Project Budget form and email it to leefdirector@gmail.com no later than June 30, 2020. All my best, Terran McGinnis Executive Director, LEEF


Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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