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In 2009, we launched our Island Adventures Pilot Project (IAPP) teaching dynamic, engaging marine science programs at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida. Since then, we have expanded to provide the same high-quality environmental programs at Coquina Beach in Manatee County, Florida. Our ultimate goal is to implement a district wide Island Adventures field trip for every 5th grade student in both the Pinellas and Manatee County public school systems by 2020. For more information on this project please visit Island Adventures Project.
The Island Adventures Project has grown to be very successful! In the fall of 2012 alone, we successfully hosted 1,600 local participants representing 15 schools and 73 classes. Our students learn a lot on these hands-on interactive trips; 78.7% of students demonstrate an increase in knowledge from the pre-test to the post-test.
We have received generous grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Wells Fargo, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and the FISH Foundation and done considerable fundraising on our end – but we need more support to reach our current goals. Please consider becoming a Nature’s Academy member today – your membership dues will directly support both of these vital projects. See our five giving levels below.
Seagrass - $25 and up Bay Scallop - $50 and up Stone Crab - $100 and up Tarpon - $250 and up Bull Shark - $500 and up
While it is difficult to measure the value of a quality education in dollars and cents, we prefer to measure the value of the education we provide in scholars and sense… we want to create nature scholars who consider decisions that protect our natural resources to be good common sense. Please help us to reach our educational goals and become a member today!