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Everglades Teacher Development Workshop
December 9 - December 10
Saturday, December 9, 2017
All the habitats in the Everglades are defined by one key attribute: height. Even a slight difference in elevation can transform a sawgrass prairie into a cypress swamp, or a mangrove forest into a slough. Each of these habitats provides a home for different species and how each is being challenged by climate change. We will be discussing not only the differences between the Florida Everglades various habitats but also introduce students to the danger of invasive species and how they become a threat to its natural balance.
Teachers will learn to use sculpture as a means of demonstrating how elevation differentiates habitat and how sea level rise threatens to drown many Everglades habitats.
Sunday, December 10
Love The Everglades AIRBOAT TOUR
Counting as additional professional development points Teachers are invited to attend an Airboat tour with the founders of the Love The Everglades Foundation. Love the Everglades is a not for profit organization whose mission is to implement evolving strategies across the full spectrum of being which address the environmental, structural, cultural and spiritual problems plaguing the Florida Everglades by raising awareness and organizing positive community engagement at the local, regional, national and global levels. Through a tour of conservation Area 3A Teachers will be presented an introduction to Everglades restorations, Miccosukee cultural perspectives and environmental protection initiatives, political challenges as well as artistic and spiritual interpretations.
Must be a Miami Dade County Public School Teacher to attend.
9:30AM Class begins with the day’s topic from a scientific perspective
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Workshop resumes with a creative interpretation of the day’s lesson.
3:30 PM Close the day
December 10, 2017
10:00 AM Rendezvous, Welcome, Orientation –
11:00 PM Load Airboat
2:00 PM Return from Tour for 30 minute wrap up