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Educational Program: Grades Six - Eight

ACTIVITY-BASED PROGRAMS – These programs incorporate classroom-based simulations and activities that reinforce educational topics. Staff will guide students to experience scientific concepts in an exciting and easy-to-understand way.

Shoreline Erosion Challenge
In this program, students look at different ways to protect coastlines. After learning about shoreline erosion and deposition, students use a hands-on model to explore the benefits of different armoring techniques.

Land Use In Your Watershed
Using an EnviroScape Model to provide observation and simulation, discussions focus on the interactions of precipitation with various land use practices and the impacts they have on streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater. Students work through various scenarios and pollution controls, testing their solutions’ hypothesis by demonstrating them on the model.

Soil: The Wealth Beneath Your Feet
This guided inquiry lab allows students to practice analyzing soil characteristics and relating these characteristics to soil texture. There is a particular focus on field verification techniques and lab analysis of soil textures. Differentiated investigation focuses on application of these tools in the workforce.


EXPLORATION PROGRAMS – These programs are fully immersive experiences where department staff conduct various activity-based programs in the field. Trips are designed to help teachers meet their Sunshine State Standards while giving students a dynamic, interactive experience.

Forest Explorers
Located at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

This program relates the concepts of soil science to the upland forest and freshwater marsh habitats that are abundant throughout Northeast Florida. Students will explore a maritime hammock, investigate soil profiles in the field and investigate the natural resources in this ecosystem.

PRESENTATION-BASED PROGRAMS – Department staff can provide topic-based presentations to larger audiences. The About DEP Regulatory presentation takes a deep dive into DEP’s regulatory programs, which safeguard natural resources by overseeing permitting and compliance  activities that protect air and water quality and by managing waste cleanups. Each program leaves time for a Q&A session at the end.


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September 12, 2023 - 11:38am

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