EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

2018 STEM - Marine Biology, Oceanograhy, and Marine Conservation Conference
When: September 7 & 8, 2018
Where: Sundial Beach Resort, Sanibel, Florida
Sponsored: FPEA
Details & RSVP: https://fpea.com/events/3337/2018-stem-marine-biology-oceanography-and-marine-conservation 
Mathnasium
When: Ongoing educational programs.
Where: Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples locations (877-601-MATH)
What: Students of all ages may participate in various math educational programs.
Details: http://www.mathnasium.com/ 
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/ 
Lee County Library System
Where: Branches throughout Lee County
What: Students of all ages may participate in various educational programs.
Details: http://www.leegov.com/library
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/ 
Everglades Wonder Gardens Homeschooling Jamboree
When: August 24, 2018
Time: 11:00am
What: Wildlife Detectives is an hour-long program that will be indoors and outdoors to include authentice learning experiences for students at the grades 3-6 levels.  Please see flyer below for details.
Where: Everglades Wonder Gardens, Environmental Learning Center. 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Register/Info: Zuliana Salerno, [email protected].  STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER. 

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