goal of the event is give kids a taste of the outdoors and to expose students
to the natural systems that they will be learning about throughout their middle
and high school curriculum,” said Sam Cole, event coordinator and environmental
specialist with the Ichetucknee Springs State Park. “We’ve found that many
students from the local area have never even visited the park, but only live a
few miles away.”
by staff at the Ichetucknee Springs State Park, partners from the Suwannee
River Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, educators at Fort White Middle School, volunteers, and O’Leno State
Park staff, each expert mans a station on a specific subject matter to provide
information and answer questions.
with our schools and District water and environmental experts allows students
to experience not only physical access to these priceless areas but also opens
the window to experiential learning and life-long impacts,” said Noah
Valenstein, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.
1999, the event has hosted more than 1000 students from Fort White Middle
School. The event has expanded over the years and included more topics to
ensure students received a well-rounded experience. Students complete work
assignments and essays as part of the event.
year our students look forward to the event,” said Trini Johannesen,
sixth-grade teach at Fort White Middle School and director of the Fort White
Parknership. “Students have produced project-based displays, videos, power
point presentations and story books based on the event that have been presented
at various school and community functions.”
Fort White Parknership was created between the state park and school to
formalize the relationship and provide organized opportunities for students to
experience the outdoors. The Fort White Parknership is part of the state-wide
Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) program that is operated by Friends of
Florida’s State Parks organization.
Suwannee River Water Management District manages and protects water resources
for the support of natural systems and public use. The District operates on the
tenants of sustainably managing water quality, water resources, natural systems
and flood protection. The District is committed to the belief: water for
nature, water for people.
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