Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates 2017

Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates

In partnership with University of Florida

Dates: June 25 – 29, 2018
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2018

Although Floridians have been making and adapting to changes in their environment for millennia, contemporary climate change is challenging us to take collective action like never before to safeguard the future of our state. In this 5-day, 4-night seminar, Professors and Master Teachers from both the humanities and ecological sciences will introduce us to ways to observe and analyze environmental change integrating perspectives from history, language arts, and ethics. Along the way, we will learn to use a variety of tools to help students understand and consider the need to adapt to a changing climate in the future. This seminar is open to all educators, including full‐time, certified K‐12 public or private school teachers of any subject, media specialists, librarians, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, state college professors, museum educators, and National Park Service and Florida State Park interpreters. Documentation for In-Service credits will be provided. Educators will also develop lesson plan ideas that link workshop content to their own classroom needs. Accommodation will be provided at the Reitz Union Hotel on the UF Campus.

The workshop will begin after lunch on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Activities include:

  • Using storytelling techniques to discuss environmental changes
  • Comparing archival, oral historical, and geologic climate data
  • Carbon mapping and studying the history of turpentining in the Austin Cary Forest
  • Reading and writing Climate Fiction
  • Practicing ethical inquiry into environmental stewardship
  • Kayaking and swimming at Florida’s Blue and Poe Springs
  • Systems diagramming the Withlacoochee Preserve salt marsh
  • Retracing Native American terraforming at Cedar Key Shell Mound
  • Boating to Seahorse Key

Click here for more information and apply