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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

LIFE "Science Shorts" videos

Resources and More Information

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