Environmental Education

Providing authentic experiences in our local environment!

Welcome to EE!

EE provides authentic experiences for teachers and students in our local environment. Our environment includes not only our natural resources, but also our cultural and historical resources as well. The core of the program is the system of Community Study Units and their associated field trips. Students have opportunities to visit and learn about the major habitat types of Southwest Florida and key historic sites. Many other instructional, curricular, and training opportunities are included in the EE Program.

Vision Statement

All people in our schools and community will understand, value and protect the environment.

Mission Statement

The Environmental Education Program will provide instruction, resources and experiences that empower the students and staff of Lee County Schools as they learn about their environment.

Goal Statement

The goals of the Environmental Education Program are to provide the instruction, resources, training and experiences that enable students and staff to protect the environment as they learn to understand and value it. The Environmental Education Program assists the district in the accomplishment of its goal to ensure that all students are successful learners by incorporating reading, writing, math, science and other content areas into all environmental education experiences.

Programs

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Aquatic Systems Mosquito Education Program

For 25 years the Lee County Mosquito Control District has supported an educational outreach program that is conducted in the Lee County School District.

Elementary School

3rd Grade Green Bus Recycling Experience

The experience is designed to highlight current and on-going waste issues and inform students of ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle waste to live more sustainably. Check out the Green Bus Flyer and have students complete the Recycling Pledge!

Click here for the Green Bus Experience Handbook!

4th Grade Web of Life

Living things are shown to be interrelated in a complex food web. Students collect marine organisms and classify them as producers, consumers, and decomposers. Energy and matter are followed as they move throughout this estuarine food web.

Click here for the Web of Life Teacher Edition workbook!

Middle School

6th Grade Adaptations

The physical and behavioral adaptations of birds are observed to determine the “jobs”

for which they are best suited. Common sightings include a large variety of water birds and shorebirds especially during the winter months, as well as raccoons, alligators, marsh rabbits and occasionally otters and bobcats.

Take a look at our Student Handbook!

7th Grade Choices Between

South Florida’s unique water dynamics are investigated closely. Students discover their personal contributions to the water situation and consider options that might help assure an adequate future water supply. This is an off the boardwalk stroll along the wet walk trail. Walk in clear, fresh rain water that can be waist deep. Students will exit wet, but not muddy. Take a look at the Watershed Journey now!

8th Grade Watching the Waste Stream Flow

Students investigate solid waste disposal options in Lee County by visiting the Materials

Recovery Facility and the Waste to Energy Facility. Click here for the Watching the Waste Stream Flow Outline!

High School

Six Mile Cypress Slough

South Florida’s unique water dynamics are investigated closely. Students discover their personal contributions to the water situation and consider options that might help assure an adequate future water supply. Part of this trip is an “off the boardwalk” tour of the Six Mile Cypress Slough; wading is likely depending upon rainfall amounts.

Mangroves and Mudflats

Estuarine mudflat and mangrove systems are explored and compared.

Brian Murphy

Resource Teacher, Lee County Mosquito Education

Eric Jackson

Resource Teacher, Lee County Mosquito Education