EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Sanibel Sea School 
Sanibel Sea School is dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems - animals, people, plants, land, ocen and weather.  They provide students an opportunity to touch, feel and interact with natural surroundings.  In addition to their standard programs, Sanibel Sea School works with many homeschool groups to design curriculum-based field trips and lessons.  They also provide summer camps and scholarships.
Learn More: http://www.sanibelseaschool.org/ 
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
When: Ongoing Educational Programs
Where: Edison & Ford Winter Estates
What: Students of all ages may participate in various educational programs at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
Details: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/ 
STEM BuccaneerS
When: July 16-27, 2018, 8:00-3:00pm
Location: College of Pure and Applied Sciences (Building H), FSW 
RSVP: On or before May 4, 2018
Apply: https://expo.edisonfairs.org/stem-buccaneers
Contact: Lee Hughes, Program Administrator, 239-335-1548, [email protected] 
Who: Grade 4 & 5 Elementary Science Expo-participants
What: Free summer research opportunity, called STEM Buccaneers.  See brochure below....
Academy Day
When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 10:00-12:30pm
Where: FGCU - Cohen Center Ballroom (10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL)
Who: Middle and High School students interested in attending on our Nation's  Service Academies (Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Coast Guard Academy)
Why: Liaison Officers from each of the above service academies and representatives from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps will be present to discuss the application process, academy life, and career opportunities within the various branches of the military. See brochures below.

EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS

Environmental Learning Center at EVERGLADES WONDER GARDENS

An Environmental Learning Center that focuses on the needs of home based education is being developed at the Everglades Wonder Gardens. The center is working with local educational institutions (Pre-K through Lifelong Learning) to provide classes; course curricula/lesson plans; related activities that promote authentic learning and instructors. Materials can be used without cost by parents who home school, teachers and organizations that address the educational needs of children. The materials are designed to supplement the Florida State Standards including: learning kits, hands-on activities/direct classes, authentic learning experiences, holding student clubs/meetings in the gardens, and live web cams to remotely monitor animal activity.

Providing educational programs that facilitate a deeper understanding of the environment addresses the Everglades Wonder Gardens’ mission to be a “botanical, environmental, educational and wildlife” resource for the greater Southwest Florida community. 

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to help develop class kits that can be borrowed without cost by home schooling parent and youth group educators in the five-county area.
To Schedule a Tour or receive More Information: Environmental Learning Center Coordinator Beth Hagan, Ph.D at [email protected] or 239-947-8085
Where: Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

SHELL FACTORY & NATURE PARK

The Shell Factory offers guided tours of their Nature Park.  Included are opportunities for the Eco Lab, Touch Center, Petting Farm and Dinosaur Park.  Please contact the Pam Plummer to schedule your field trip and find out more about how the Shell Factory can support your curriculum.

Pam Plummer = 239-995-2141 ext 116