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Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE)

What is LIFE?

  • LIFE is a science-based environmental education enrichment program developed initially by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2004.
  • In Sarasota, the LIFE program is an award-winning, multi-agency collaborative effort. It is coordinated by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in partnership with Florida Sea Grant; Oscar Scherer and Myakka River State Parks; Florida State Parks Foundation; Florida Conservation Corps AmeriCorps; Sarasota County School District; and EdExploreSRQ.
  • Grade 4 -5 students participate in three in-class and three field experiences on public conservation lands throughout the school year.
  • Promotes knowledge, skills, and stewardship among Florida youth through meaningful hands-on field experiences.
  • Reinforces school science curriculum and supports standardized test success.
  • Facilitated by educators, scientists, and land/resource managers who engage youth in science and model scientific careers.
  • Successfully educates youth on the importance of local ecosystems, conservation, management challenges, and scientific careers.

Learn more about LIFE in Sarasota County


Resources for educators
  • Explanation of LIFE program (coming soon)
  • What to do next (coming soon)
  • Program request form (coming soon)
  • LIFE: Field trip schedule (SAMPLE)
  • Example: State park entrance fee waiver (coming soon)
  • Example: LIFE lab (coming soon)
  • Grant funding information (coming soon)
  • Testimonial: Why I love the LIFE program (coming soon)
  • Testimonial: Why I love the LIFE program (coming soon)
  • LIFE Program flier (2019)
Resources for UF/IFAS Extension offices
Learn more about LIFE, our Learning in Florida's Environments program that brings science and nature to life for students and teachers