Children at Ecology Summer Day-camp sample
aquatic life at the Neofiber Pond, just north of the Stationís Main
Grounds; photo by Nancy D. Deyrup.
- Presented 68 Station group tours and off-Station talks to
- Revised the Environmental Education curriculum Florida
Ecology: Getting to Know the Real Florida.
- Trained 80 Lake Placid Middle School Honor Society students
to become peer teachers in environmental education.
- Guided 13 middle school Honor Society students in the
production of 4 issues of Scrub Scribe: Archbold Field Trip Follow Up by Students for
- Received a Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
Advisory Council Environmental Education grant to develop Florida scrub curriculum and
offer a workshop for teachers of Grades 3-5 called
Discovering Florida Scrub.
- Presented 200 upper level students of Biology with local
- Trained 10 high school students for State and Regional
- Attended and helped with 7 Science Fairs and Career Days.
- Distributed 17,000 copies of The Florida Scrub Coloring
Book with St. Johns River Water Management District.
Children at Ecology Summer Day-camp
sample aquatic life with a funnel trap at MacArthur Agro-ecology
Research Center; photo by Nancy Deyrup.
Ecology Summer Day-camp (third session,
June 1998) children and faculty assemble outside the general lab,
their headquarters in Archbold Biological Stationís Main Building;
photo by Fred Lohrer.
Education Coordinator: Nancy D. Deyrup
Education Assistants: Richard J. Lavoy (1998), Helen W. Obenchain (1998), Charlotte
Interns: Audrey Buchanan, Melinda R. McElveen
Volunteers: Dylan Alegria, Sara Bailey, John Beckford, Anne Bellenger, Jeff Craig,
Stephen Deyrup, Jared Elliott, Toni Ford, Sherrie Hall, Laura Holt, Russell Holt, Ruth
Kowalski, Lake Placid Middle School Honor Society Students ( 36 students in Fall 1997 and
24 students in Fall 1998), Richard Lavoy, Amy Lohrer, Ingrith Martinez, Helen Obenchain,
Alex Packham, Helen Packham, Nicole Popov, Dustin Pickert, Brian Sheehan, Kevin Sheehan,
Robin Sherwood, Scott Wicker, David Willis ]
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Elementary School Students. In 1989,
Archbold Biological Stations unique environmental education program, Florida
Ecology: Getting to Know the Real Florida, was initiated. Most grade 4 students, and
some grade 5 students, of Highlands County continue to be introduced to the Florida scrub
through this program. During 199798, more than 2,225 elementary students from
Highlands, Hendry, and DeSoto counties visited Archbold for the field trip component of
this program (see Appendix J). The Florida
Ecology program, which was reviewed and revised in 1998, consists of four classroom
days of Station-developed filmstrips, activities, and discussions conducted by the
classroom teacher, followed by a field trip to the Station. The field trip is comprised of
four units: (1) a Scrub Hunt consisting of an hours walk through the scrub looking
for natural objects and relationships; (2) an observation of weather conditions and
instruments at the weather station; (3) a discussion and investigation of animal tracks
found on a sandy firelane; and (4) a visit to the Scientists Lab, an exciting
hands-on exploration of plant and animal artifacts as well as specially designed
interactive displays on scrub organisms.
Middle School Students. In the 1997 and 1998 school
years, a total of 700 hours of volunteer help was contributed by Lake Placid Middle
School Honor Society students. Community service is a requirement for Honor Society
membership. Most students volunteer to participate in the Stations environmental
education program as assistants during the field trip component. Several of the Honor
Society students work together as a literary team to write and produce a newsletter, The
Scrub Scribe, Archbold Field Trip Follow up for Students by Students, for the
elementary classes who visited the Station during the environmental education program. The
Scrub Scribe includes: articles on animals and plants of the scrub; an interview with
an Archbold scientist; letters, drawings, and poems about Floridas scrub by
students; and a scrub-related word search, crossword puzzle, or other game.
Other School Programs. The Education Office works with
school groups of all ages and affiliations. In addition to the Florida Ecology: Getting
to Know the Real Florida program, Education personnel conduct programs for
childrens organizations, private schools, and home schoolers. Local high school
students can often be seen working with the Station staff during career shadowing and
Envirothon competition training. Regional and State Envirothon competitions stress
knowledge and problem-solving in five areas of the environment: wildlife, aquatics,
forestry, soils, and a yearly revolving topic such as watersheds and land management. Many
Station scientists and education staff also volunteer their time as judges for the County
and Regional Science Fairs and as educators for Career Days.
Scrub Curriculum for Elementary Schools. In 1998, the
Education Office was awarded an Environmental Education grant entitled Discovering Florida Scrub by the
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commissions Advisory Council on Environmental
Education. Very little, if any Florida scrub curriculum exists for Florida elementary
school teachers. Knowing that teachers need ideas and techniques based on accurate
scientific principles, and opportunities to expand their knowledge of ecology and
participate in hands-on inquiry based environmental education activities, the education
staff wrote a grant proposing a project to write a Florida scrub curriculum for teachers
of grades 3-5 and to develop a teacher training, Discovering Florida Scrub, workshop. The curriculum will be available to
teachers and informal educators as a publication and to anyone with access to the
During June and July, four, one-week Ecology Summer
Day-camp (see photos, this page) sessions were held each year for children ages 712 years who love the
outdoors and enjoy nature activities. Daily, the campers are introduced to careful
observation, ecological concepts, and scientific research by the education staff and
Station research biologists. Environmental education activities include many nature games
(e.g. six-legged relay race, insect lunch, un-nature trail), crafts (e.g. leap frog
checkers, bat kites, bug houses), visits by Station scientists (e.g. bats by J. Layne,
plant pollination by M. Deyrup, bird adaptations by R. Bowman) and adventures (e.g. blind
trail, hunting for aquatic organisms, night hike, ranch safari).
Program. One hundred and nineteen volunteers
participated in the Archbold Biological Stations volunteer program donating a total
of 4,879 hours of services during 199798. Forty-five adult volunteers, several of
whom have taken part in the program since it was established in 1995, continue to assist
in a variety of areas including research at the Station, Riverwoods Lab, MacArthur
Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), and education. Sixty Lake Placid Middle School Honor
Society students each contributed over 10 hours of volunteer help during school visits.
Community outreach continues through the year with
Station group tours, off-site talks to community organizations, exhibits at environmental
fairs, and providing information booklets for the self-guiding nature trail and for the
native plant butterfly garden. A new visitor public
education kiosk, parking area, and public picnic area was established just in time
for the 1998 holiday season influx of visitors.
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