Biscayne Explorer Teacher Workshop
Contact: Maria Beotegui, 305-230-1144, x3078
Biscayne National Park will be hosting a teacher workshop for its 4th and 5th grade day use education program, Biscayne Explorer: Wildlife Inventory and Nature Study, on Monday February 18, 2008 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Biscayne Explorer, a hands-on, land-based day program, utilizes Biscayne National Park as an outdoor classroom to bring the park’s natural resources and research to life for students and teachers.
The morning activities will include experiencing the Biscayne Explorer program just as the students would. “By having teachers participate in the program they will become familiar with the park’s resources and research and be able to pass this knowledge onto their students.” states Park Ranger Maria Beotegui, the park’s education program coordinator. Teachers will receive the program guide and will learn how to prepare students and chaperones for the field trip. All education programs offered by Biscayne National Park are free of charge, support the classroom curriculum and meet the Florida Sunshine State Academic Standards.
The teacher workshop will be held at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center, located nine miles east of Homestead at 9700 SW 328 Street. Teachers need to pre-register by calling (305) 230-1144 x3078. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Participating teachers will be given a complimentary snorkeling trip ticket to encourage them to explore the park that very afternoon if the weather permits or at a later date.
For more information on Biscayne National Park and park programs, logon to the park’s website at www.nps.gov/bisc/
Funding for the Biscayne Explorer program was made possible in part by a grant from the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generous support of the Ocean Fund.
Did You Know?
Israel Lafayette Jones purchased land on Porgy Key, at the southern end of Biscayne National Park, in 1898. He, his wife Mozelle and their sons Arthur and Lancelot carved out a life for themselves by farming pineapples and key limes, eventually owning most of the land surrounding Jones Lagoon. More...