Parks In Classroom Programs
The Spanish Exploration of Florida: This program deals with the age of exploration; it covers the expeditions of Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Narvaez, De Soto, and Menendez. It covers topics such as navigation, disease epidemics, invasive animal species, warfare between European and Indian peoples, slavery, and colonization.
The Native People of the Southeast: This program is interactive and teaches the students the names and places of native tribal societies before the arrival of the Europeans. Students are asked to read from cards that give them cultural and geographical clues to the identity and location of these tribes. Images accompany the markers so students get an idea of what these native people and the world
The National Park Service and Jobs of a Park Ranger: This program explores the importance of the National Park Service and gives students a picture of how big the NPS is and what parks, monuments, memorial, etc… are included in the NPS. This program informs the students that these parks are indeed theirs and it is their responsibility to protect them.
Florida's Environment: This program introduces students to the cyclical nature of Florida's environment. We look at the environment from the bedrock up, and its role in Florida's water cycle. We then explore the cycle of life and how every animal and ecosystem is dependent on one another. We show how we as people fit into the environment and how our choices impact the world around us.