Coordinator: Nancy D. Deyrup
Assistants: Richard J. Lavoy, Helen W. Obenchain, Charlotte B.
Interns: Ashley E. King, Wake Forest University; Erin E.
St. Clair, Iowa State University
Volunteers: All from Highlands
County, Florida, except as noted otherwise; Dylan Alegria and Loren
Alegria (Portola Valley, California), Virginia Davis, John Deyrup and
Sara Deyrup (New Jersey), Amanda Dickinson, Sarath Edirishinghe,
Yasangie Edirisinghe, Jared Elliott, Katie Elliott, Margaret Gleave,
Jamie Hall, Drew Harden, Donna Harrison, Karen Hill, Brett Hogan,
Russell Holt, Blake Howard, Jennifer Johnson, Brittany Jones, Ruth
Kowalski, Lake Placid Middle School Honor Society (27 students in
Spring 1999, 32 in Fall 1999/Spring 2000, and 26 in Fall 2000), Jared
Lavoy, Ashley Lee, Ingrith Martinez (Gainesville, Florida), Maria
Morales-Hernandez, Nicholas Moret, Sarah Outlaw, Martina Petrů,
Cory Pickert, Nicole Popov, Amarantha Quintana, Erendira Quintana, Tor
Rothman, Kevin Sheehan, Brian Sheehan, Brandon Stidham
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Elementary School Students. Florida Ecology: Getting to
Know the Real Florida, the 5-day environmental education program for
elementary school classes developed by Archbold in 1989, continued
throughout 1999-00. During the Biennial approximately 2,400 elementary
students in 103 classes from Highlands, Hendry, and DeSoto counties
visited Archbold to attend the field trip portion of the program (see
Appendix J). Before their visit, each class views four Archbold-produced
filmstrips and participates in activities from the program guide. This
preparation seems to greatly improve the focus of the children when they
are at Archbold; one can usually tell which teachers neglected to view
the filmstrips by the responses of their classes. The field trip
component includes four units: (1) a Scrub Hunt along the Nature Trail
that requires the students to hunt for items and relationships in nature
and to use observation skills recently learned in an introductory talk,
(2) a Weather Observation Station that encourages the students to read
and record weather data and to understand why this information is
important to scientists, (3) an Animal Tracking Station where the
students are introduced to the identification of animal tracks, through
a discussion of nocturnal animals, and participation in a survey of
animal tracks found on a sandy firelane, and (4) the Scientist’s Lab,
a hands-on, inquiry area full of interactive displays and biological
items for students to handle and question.
Middle School Students. The Lake Placid Middle School Honor
Society students contributed over 900 hours of volunteer help with
the elementary education program as a community service that is a
requirement for Honor Society membership. These grade-8 honor students
assist with all aspects of the elementary school field trips. Several of
the students work together as a literary team to organize, write, and
produce a 4-page newsletter, The Scrub Scribe, Archbold Field Trip
Follow up for Students by Students, for the elementary school
students who have visited Archbold. The Scrub Scribe is filled
with articles on scrub animals and plants, an interview with an Archbold
scientist, elementary students’ letters and drawings, and a scrub-fun
section with a crossword puzzle or word search and other learning games.
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 staff
conducts programs for children’s organizations, private schools, and
home-schoolers. During 1999-00, eight grade-2 classes from Lake Placid
visited Archbold on a weather observation field trip to view a working
weather station and to learn about weather data collection. Local high
school students come to Archbold to study for the Heartland- and Florida
Envirothon competition. Regional/state Envirothon competitions stress
knowledge and problem solving in five areas of the environment:
wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soils, and a yearly new topic such as
watersheds, land management, or recycling. Highlands County students
continue to do very well in the competitions. As well, Archbold
scientists and staff volunteer their time as judges for County- and
Regional Science Fairs and as educators for Career Days.
Scrub Curriculum for Elementary Schools. In 1999, the Education
office published Discovering Florida
Scrub: A Guide to Exploring
Science in a Native Ecosystem (see cover image, this page) a
curriculum for grades 3-5 that provides teachers and informal educators
with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide elementary
students with inquiry-based, hands-on environmental education
opportunities in the critically threatened Florida Scrub habitat. The
curriculum, written by Nancy Deyrup and Charlotte Wilson and illustrated
by Virginia Carter, was funded from a grant by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Advisory Council on Environmental
Education. A workshop for teachers and informal educators was held at
Archbold on 14-15 October 1999 to introduce the new curriculum (see photo,
below). The workshop included field experiences, informal
talks by Archbold researchers, structured activities from the
curriculum, and round-table discussions. In 2000, more teacher workshops
were held and over 1500 curricula were distributed around the state to
teachers and schools in the 26 counties where Florida scrub is located.
The Discovering Florida Scrub curriculum is also published on the
Internet at <www.archbold-station.org> or at <www.discoveringflscrub.org>,
making the curriculum available to any educator with Internet access.
During June and July, four, one-week Ecology Summer Day
were held each year for children ages 7-12 years who love the outdoors
and enjoy nature activities (see photo, page 35). Daily, the campers are
introduced to careful observation, ecological concepts, and scientific
research by the education staff and Archbold research biologists.
Environmental education activities include many nature games (e.g.
un-nature trail, sensory scrub hunt, puppet show), crafts (e.g.
BurrowBowl-a bowling game, dreamcatchers, woodpecker doorknockers, bird
nest boxes, and paper mache snakes), visits by Archbold scientists (e.g.
Challenge the Bug Expert-Mark Deyrup, Bird Adaptations by Reed Bowman,
Florida Scrub-jays: Nests and Fledglings by Kim Brand, Radio Telemetry
by Craig Faulhaber) and adventures (ranch safari, night hike, Lake Annie
Volunteer Program. During 1999-00, 182 volunteers participated
in Archbold’s volunteer program, donating a total of 6,000 hours of
services. Many of the volunteers help with the elementary education
program and summer camp sessions. Adult volunteers also help in a
variety of areas, including research at Archbold, Riverwoods Lab, and
MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center.
Community Outreach. Group tours, off site talks to community
organizations, development of pamphlets, and exhibits at environmental
fairs are all part of Archbold’s educational outreach to the general
public. The visitors’ kiosk, nature trail, Islands in Time
video, and the native plant butterfly garden provide on-site visitors
with information and experience in the Florida scrub habitat. The
22-page Visitor Guidebook: A Self-guiding Tour of Grounds and
Facilities was published in 1999. It is distributed from the kiosk
and the main office and provides information on the history of Archbold,
answers commonly asked questions about the grounds and facilities, and
includes the nature trail guide, Scrub
Participants at the "Discovering Florida Scrub"
curriculum-workshop, 14-15 October 1999, include Archbold presentors;
Charlotte Wilson (with Seth Bowman), seated at lower left; Rick Lavoy,
left center with a beard; and Nancy Deyrup, standing second from right;
photo by Mark Deyrup.
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