Inspiring Positive Change Through
Educational Field Trips in South Florida
Nature’s Academy is a nonprofit environmental education company in South Florida focusing on educational field trips in Florida.
To enhance STEM literacy and foster environmental stewardship. We are dedicated to providing memorable outdoor experiences to students and citizen scientists, motivating their personal involvement in the enhancement of natural habitats, and advocating sustainable approaches to the use and enjoyment of our natural resources.
Based in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, we have decades of experience teaching environmental conservation across a variety of disciplines, including ecology, marine science, botany, chemistry and physics. Our education programs focus on science conservation and cater to school, family and group organizations. Participants are immersed in a variety of exciting activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, guided nature walks and hands-on discovery at parks and science facilities throughout the state. Nature’s Academy gives back to the local community through initiatives, such as our Tools of Change Project, which reduces plastic use by replacing bottled waters with a reusable alternative.
Prior to founding Nature’s Academy, Dana Pounds, a marine biologist, was diagnosed with a rare cancer affecting her right leg. After battling the disease for ten years, Dana had her leg amputated to save her life. Through her struggles, Dana further realized her purpose and the value of delivering lasting educational impressions to her community and future generations. As a result, Nature’s Academy was launched! Since 2007, the Bradenton-based company has impacted over 55,000 participants, including visitors from 41 states and four countries!
At Nature’s Academy, we love to help young (and old) minds dig deeper and explore the world they live in. We focus on science and conservation of the natural world that surrounds us.
We cater to schools, families, and group organizations and expose our fellow “edventurers” to interesting and diverse experiences, such as:
- Habitat Education
- Guided Nature Walks
- Canopy Walk
- Interactive Experiments
- Shark Dissections
- Plant Identification
- Investigations of Water Cycles
- Explore Causes and Impacts of Acid Rain, Industrial Agriculture, and Oil Spills
- Visit Kennedy Space Center
- Explore the Everglades
These programs are intended to supplement classroom curriculum and also integrate STEM concepts into hands-on activities.
For example, students serve as citizen scientists by collecting real biodiversity and water-quality data through field tests and surveys. This data is then uploaded to an online database, which will soon expand into a regional collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and other citizen scientists in Galveston, Texas.
Our board members and staff bring over thirty years of experience in environmental education with them. We are dedicated to conservation and sustainability and have made it our mission to share our passion through education.
Safety is our number one priority – all Nature’s Academy staff are American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid certified.