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Springs Conservation in the Classroom and Beyond

This course is geared toward high school students and the general public. The program consists of seven modules, designed to inform students and promote critical thinking. The course introduces students to aquifers, springs, and springsheds, discusses their importance to the Florida water supply, and evaluates impacts from development, pollution, and groundwater pumping. The modules also serve as a primer on Florida water policy and help students develop the skills needed to participate in policy formation. The most important feature of the course is its emphasis on community advocacy. Throughout the lessons, activities encourage students to apply what they have learned to their local waterways and to communicate their discoveries with their family and friends. Through this program, we hope to not only teach the next generation of Florida’s citizens about springs issues, but to magnify our impact in the community by encouraging students to become advocates themselves. The course streams online as a series of Youtube videos or is available for download in Powerpoint format (see links below).

YouTube Videos:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7

Introductory Letter

Florida Curriculum Standards

Dropbox PowerPoint Files:

Click the following link to go to Dropbox, where all of the modules are posted in PowerPoint form.

Questions? Send us an e-mail at education@savethemanatee.org