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STEM Outdoors

US Fish & Wildlife Services Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

STEM Outdoors

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This fun-filled, 4-day institute combines field experiences with classroom activities for both formal and non-formal educators. Participants visit three different Florida ecosystems to compare and contrast the habitats, fisheries, water, and wildlife under the tutelage of experts.

To become truly effective with STEM, educators need to build their skills. Participants will be given an opportunity to:

•Acquire and then use STEM content skills while at the same time providing a real world application of science.
•Develop an understanding of the complexity of sustainability issues by comparing and contrasting three vastly different ecosystems.
•Produce a plan to deliver active, interdisciplinary, and enriching educational experiences for their students using the outdoors as a key resource.
•Identify, select, and address appropriate Florida Curriculum Standards in STEM outdoor activity planning.

Participants will receive:

•Newly published Aquatic WILD and WET 2.0 Manuals
•Flying WILD Manual
•Project Learning Tree EE Manual


What are the Institute requirements for me to attend?

You must attend all four days, participate actively, be willing to travel to different locations (Rainbow River and Springs and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge (DeLeon Springs area), travel on a boat, get wet, and develop a plan to implement what you learn. 

Do I need to attend all four days?

Yes, due to the field experience components, it is necessary for you to commit to all four days.

What do I need to bring to the Institute?

We are practicing sustainabilty and modeling what we teach so you will need to bring your lunch, reuseable cup/mug, and any snacks you might want. We will have coffee on the UF mornings and water is available from fountains. Plan to dress comfortably and be in the outdoors. Close-toed shoes are a requirement when working in the outdoors.

On field experience days, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray and a hat.  You will also need to bring your lunch and water. We will have some additional water available and coolers for your lunches.

And, as with any learning experience, you need to bring something to write with and on. We also suggest that you bring some ziploc bags to be used for collecting things in.

What is meant by 'produce a plan'?

Participants are required to develop a weeklong plan of how to implement what they learn back in their classrooms or programs. Time is provided as part of the Institute to develop a plan or lesson plans. Instructors will assist you with this requirement.

Where will we meet for the Institute?

On Day 1, participants will meet at the offices of the UF Program of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. On Day 2 and 3, they will meet at a location convenient to begin their travel to the field experience destination. Participants will car pool from the parking location to the destination or they can choose to meet instructors at the destination. Day 4 will again meet at UF Program of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences offices. 

Where can I contact the organizer if I have questions?

Call 386-985-4673 (office), 386-916-6834 (cell), or email eileen_tramontana@fws.gov 

What is the refund policy?

No refunds are allowed. Exceptions may be made for illness or death in the immediate family (sibling, child, parent or in-law) or participant illness. You must notify the organizer at 386-985-4673 (office), 386-916-6834 (cell), or email eileen_tramontana@fws.gov as soon as possible and submit your request for a refund in writing.

Who are the instructors for the Institute?

 Eileen Tramontana, Education Specialist at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge,  has over 25 years experince in the environmental education (EE) field. Previously, she was the Education Manager for the St. Johns River WMD and Education Coordinator for the Suwannee River WMD.

Vicki Crisp recently retired from the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) where she developed and implemented numerous EE programs throughout the state. She is an expert curriculum developer and a former classroom teacher.

Dr. Chuck Cichra joined the faculty of the University of Florida in July 1986. He is responsible for conducting the University’s statewide fisheries and aquatic sciences extension program. He is also co-director of Fishing For Success, through which annually more than 10,000 youth are taught about freshwater ecosystems and fishing. His research and teaching programs focus on aquatic ecology, fish ecology/biology, and fisheries management. The overall objective of his research program is to determine the interrelationship between fish populations and their abiotic and biotic environment, including man's role.

Sharon Fitz-Coy, UF Senior Biological Scientist, oversees and conducts research dealing with water, aquatic plants, fish and invertebrates, and supports the university teaching, research and extension programs by providing her expertise in aquatic invertebrate identification and biology to faculty, staff, and students. She also coordinates and conducts UF’s hands-on aquatic youth education program called “Fishing For Success”.

Nancy Peterson is the state coordinator for the Project Learning Tree program. She has been involved with this program for many years and is extremely knowledgeable about forest issues and practices.

Barb Gugliotti, Education Coordinator at FWC, has been a Project WILD facilitator for over 20 years.  She was recently assigned by FWC to be the Florida Project WILD coordinator in addition to work with the FYCCN program. She is a long-time environmental educator and is certified to teach most EE programs in the state.

When & Where

University of Florida
7922 Northwest 71 Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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US Fish & Wildlife Services Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1964, Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 21,574 acres in central Florida along the St. Johns River (Florida's longest river) near DeLeon Springs. The Refuge has:

- 11,100 acres of freshwater marsh

- 7,200 acres of hardwood swamps

- 2,400 acres of uplands

- More than 1,000 acres of lakes, streams, and canals

The Refuge's geographical location straddles an overlapping zone between the subtropical and temperate climates. This overlap allows for a high diversity of species to be found on the Refuge. Additionally, it is uniquely positioned to support a wide variety of resident and migratory species.

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