— Tammy Gustafson, President of the Florida State Parks Foundation
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, USA, Sept. 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Eighteen Florida state parks recently received an environmental education kit with materials to use to teach students about science in environments exteriors. Each kit includes children’s binoculars, water monitoring kit, microscopes, tree height gauges, digital soil quality test kits and other tools for active education programs environment in state parks. The kits were purchased through a grant partnership between the Jelks Family Foundation and the Florida State Parks Foundation.
Environmental education at state parks encourages student engagement in direct experimentation and real-life research in outdoor classrooms. Helping to facilitate these experiments, Equipment Kits provide the necessary instruments for lab activities and completing interactive homework.
“As we seek to train the next generation of scientists, teachers and environmental stewards, it is important that we create engaging experiences that connect students to the natural environment and their education,” said Tammy Gustafson, president of the Florida State Parks Foundation. “These kits ensure that the tools needed to achieve this are put in the hands of students, setting them on the path to active environmental learning.”
The following Florida State Parks have received an Environmental Education Equipment Kit:
Okaloosa County: Blackwater River State Park
Walton County: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Wakulla County: Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Duval County: Little Talbot Island State Park
Gilchrist County: Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Flagler County: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Marion County: Silver Springs State Park and Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Citrus County: Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Sarasota County: Oscar Scherer State Park
Hernando County: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Pinellas County: Honeymoon Island State Park
Brevard County: Sebastian Inlet State Park
Lee County: Koreshan State Park
Martin County: Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Miami-Dade County: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Oleta River State Park
Monroe County: Bahia Honda State Park
Environmental education programs are led by park rangers and volunteers who are educators, scientists, and land/resource managers who engage youth on topics such as local ecosystems, conservation, and land stewardship. public lands.
The Florida State Parks Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help maintain the Florida Park Service, its 175 award-winning parks. and trails, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers.
It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors about the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy. The volunteer Board of Directors represents the private and public sectors as well as local and national interests. This project was carried out by Florida State Parks Foundation Services LLC, which is a limited liability company affiliated with the Foundation.
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