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Environmental Education

We offer a variety of environmental education opportunities through our two satellite offices located at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center in Tarpon Springs and Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center in St. Petersburg. My main programs include teacher training workshops and wildlife webinars, but I teach about nature in a variety of ways, from videos to blogs, factsheets and more!

Teacher Training Workshops

Environmental education is not usually included in traditional schooling, but that's a need I'm working to fill through my teacher training workshops. I am an official facilitator for Project Learning Tree and Project WILD. I'm equipped to help formal and non-formal educators incorporate environmental education into any subject! Learning math, science, writing and even doing physical education can be fun with environmental education. Contact me to setup a workshop for your staff, lara317@ufl.edu.

Wildlife Education

Pinellas County is the most densely-populated county in the state, but we have some incredible green spaces in our parks, preserves and management areas. Even better, we have green space in our own yards! Learn more about the wildlife in your yards and how to adapt your yard into a wildlife haven. You can do this by viewing past Wildlife of Florida webinars, checking out the Backyard Nature Network Video Series, and reading the factsheets below.

Urban Trees

It's not easy to showcase the value and importance of trees, especially in an urban setting like Pinellas County. That's why I developed the Traveling Tree Walk program. This program allows community groups to reserve Traveling Tree Walk signs that hang on specific trees to highlight the ecosystem services or benefits trees provide to us. There's even a brochure to go along with the project to help explain ecosystem services in a little more detail. If you're interested in hosting some signs at your location for a period of time, please contact me at lara317@ufl.edu. You can also see the signs for yourself at Brooker Creek Preserve, or create your own tree walk!

Factsheets

Invasive Species

An Introduction to Invasive Species

Exotic vs Invasive Exotic_What's The Difference?

Wildlife

Butterfly Gardening With Native Florida Plants

Living with Coyotes

Living with Deer_Feeding Habits

Rattlesnakes in Florida

Sick, Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

Hummingbirds In Your Backyard

Plants & More

Epiphytes in Pinellas County

Impact of Invasive Plants on Florida Ecosystems

The Life of Lichen

The Benefits of Trees

The Benefits of Fire