Welcome to Learning is for Everyone of Tampa

LIFE of Tampa welcomes everyone, of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning styles, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.

This homepage and our online discussion group serve as an announcement and resource list for a variety of activities and events.

Visit LIFE of Florida for a great list of statewide and general learning resources.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Anthony H. 4th Annual Homeschool National Geographic Bee Winner

On December 10, the 4th Annual Homeschool National Geographic Bee was held at Starkey Park Educational in New Port Richey. Six homeschooled students competed, from Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus Counties.

Questions were particularly tough this year. Answers to some of the stumpers were Manitoba, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.

Anthony H., age 10, of East Lake was the winner, with Neatia D. , age 13, of Holiday was the first runner-up (above, with event organizer Loni Kaplan). Anthony will take a 70-question written exam to see if he qualifies for the state competition in April.

The Bee was sponsored, in part, by Learning is for Everyone. For more information, or to be put on a list to receive information about next year's bee, please contact Loni Kaplan at adamfolk@hotmail.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award

RIVERVIEW - Artistic students eager to earn college scholarship money have several months to create patriotic art that could land them thousands.

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8108 is looking for students to participate in the Young Patriotic Art Contest, offered to grades nine through 12.

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award is one of the many programs available through the auxiliary. "This is a wonderful way to encourage our young people to use their artistic talents to express patriotism, love of country and respect for the American flag," said national chairwoman Patricia Sistrand on the auxiliary's Web site.

"There are now seven scholarships to be awarded on the national level, from $500 to $10,000 for the first-place winner," she said.

"If it gets past the district level and to the national level, that is when they can win the college scholarship money," said local chairwoman Norrine Forrest. "Scholarships are available at varying levels."

Sad as it is, Forrest said, she rarely receives more than a handful of entries. Students are missing out on a huge opportunity for scholarship money, she said. The only requirement for residency is that a student live in Hillsborough County.

Here's how it works:

The art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastels, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil can be used. Digital art can be submitted but must be on paper or canvas.

Submit canvas entries on stretched frames. Other entries must be matted in white only.

Anyone choosing to include the American flag in their work must abide by the federal flag code as far as the color and number of stars and stripes and other rules.

All entries must have been completed in the current school year, and a teacher must sign them. Students can submit only one entry.

HOW TO ENTER

For deadlines and to obtain an entry form, contact Norrine Forrest at (813) 677-9559.

Last Chance to Register for 4th Annual Homeschool National Geographic Bee

The 4th Annual Homeschool National Geographic Bee in Pasco/Pinellas and surrounding counties, sponsored in part by Learning is for Everyone, will be held Wednesday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Starkey Park Education Center in New Port Richey, FL

For those who wish to compete, please visit the National Geographic Geography Bee website which offers further information and links to study questions:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee/

All are welcome and invited! The following rules apply only to those who go on to the next level (state competition). The competition is for those in grades 4-8. The student may not reach their 16th birthday before May 1, 2009. A student may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level during each school year of the competition.

If you have a question about whether or not your child is age-eligible, please contact Loni Kaplan at
adamfolk@hotmail.com

The winner of this bee will take a written test; the top 100 scorers in Florida will be eligible to compete in the state bee in March. The winner of the state bee will be sent to Washington D.C. for the National Geographic Bee in May, 2009, all expenses paid by the National Geographic Society.

The winner and runner-up of our bee will also receive trophies. Every participant will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Please feel free to forward this message on to any other lists you belong to, and any individual you feel may be interested. This bee is open to any homeschooler, regardless of where you may live.

The cost to participate in this bee is just $5/child, to defray the cost of registration with National Geographic.

Please contact me by email, and include your name, your child's name and age. I will contact you closer to the date with further details.

Thank you for your interest!

Loni Kaplan
adamfolk@hotmail.com

Monday, December 1, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve - Upcoming Events, Dec.3-13

Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.

Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.

Brooker Creek Preserve will never share your email address.

If you would like to be removed from this list, please reply by placing remove and your name in the subject line.

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

3940 Keystone Road

Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

Center Hours:

Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm

Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays

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Family Night Hikes

Wednesday, December 3 & 17 2008 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Glowing eyes, strange sounds and unusual smells are all experienced as you awaken your senses during this night hike. Join us for a walk to experience the Preserve after dark as we look and listen for the creatures of the night. We will discuss the unique adaptations of nocturnal animals as we explore the Education Center trails. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must and a flashlight is optional. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up.


Adult Ecology Workshop: Fungi: Exploring the Wood-Wide-Web

Friday, December 5, 2008 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dr. Diane TeStrake – Professor of Biology, University of South Florida

The Adult Ecology Workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations teach ecology, use of taxonomic keys, and techniques. The workshop will present college-level instruction and is designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience. Amateur botanists are welcome, as are those wanting to improve their current skills.


This workshop is an introduction to fungi -- their taxonomy, morphology, physiology, ecology, and economic importance. After an introduction to morphology and collection techniques in the morning, the late morning and early afternoon will be spent collecting samples around the Education Center followed by an afternoon identification and edible lab session with a short film.

Admission: $ 40.00 per person. Space is limited to 25 participants. Recommended for Adults.


Guided Hikes

Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Environmental Lands Division Volunteers

Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.


Beyond Pinellas – Winter Animals

Saturday, December 6, 2008 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Seasonal changes affect wildlife as well as plants and people. As summer turns to fall, and fall to winter, animals must adapt to changing food and weather patterns. Join us for an interesting look at the ways animals around the world survive during harsh winter months. Pre-registration is required. All ages welcome.


Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, December 7 & 21, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00am and 3:00pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children of all ages.


Cypress Swamp Cafe: Going Organic

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Learn about the benefits and impacts of organic farming. Organic products have long been a good alternative for people who are concerned about the presence of chemicals in their food. Today, organic growers are providing much more than food for our tables. Admission: Free. This program is best for adults.


Book Time at Brooker Creek – The Lorax

Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:30am - 11:15am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. This week features The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The Lorax is a story about how cutting down trees can affect the animals that depend on them. This classic tale introduces children to the idea that everything in nature is connected. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5


Lawn and Garden Help Desk

Thursday, December 12, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pinellas County IFAS Extension

Do you have a mysterious plant in your garden that you just can’t identify? Would you like to know more about landscaping with native plants? A Pinellas County IFAS Extension Horticulture Specialist will be available to help you, at no charge, throughout the day. Stop by the Center’s Resource Center to ask questions about landscaping and gardening, diagnose a plant problem, identify insects and even drop off your soil test sample. Recommended for adults.


Tis the Season for Holiday Plants

Thursday, December 12, 2008 10:00am – 11:00am

Cindy Peacock - Pinellas County IFAS Extension

From holly to poinsettias, the holiday season is the perfect time to decorate with plants. Join Extension Specialist Cindy Peacock to learn how to keep your plants looking their finest right into the New Year. Participants will also learn which are invasive species and find beautiful native alternatives to holiday standards. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.


Scout Day

Saturday, December 13, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Boy Scouts, come join us for this fun day of merit badge activities. Scouts can choose from two three-hour sessions: Bird Study and/or Environmental Science. Activities are designed to help Scouts achieve hard-to-meet requirements for each of these merit badges. All Scouts must be accompanied by an adult or Scout leader. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration opens Monday, October 27, 2008. Admission: $10 per scout per badge. Recommended for Boy Scouts 11 – 17 in age.


Art Builds Florida! Statewide Student Arts Contest - deadline Jan 20

Art Builds Florida! Statewide Student Arts Contest sponsored by Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. in collaboration with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, is open to all Florida high school students in grades nine through 12.

Florida’s 67 counties have been grouped into four regions; each region representing one of the focus areas of the plan.Students can submit original, two-dimensional artwork to assist the Division in promoting the four key areas of Florida’s strategic plan, Culture Builds Florida’s Future.

Finalists will be announced on the Division’s Web site by early February 2009. The four winners and their parent/guardian will be invited to Tallahassee in April 2009 for events recognizing their achievements in the contest.

Simultaneously, an exhibition in the Division of Cultural Affairs Gallery for Innovation and the Arts will feature the work of the finalists next spring. The top winner in each of the four categories, Learning and Wellness, Strengthening the Economy, Design and Development, and Leadership will be awarded a $1,500 cash prize.

For further information including the deadline postmark date and all contest rules and submission guidelines, visit the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Web site at http://www.florida-arts.org/artcontest or contact Laura Stone, Arts In Education Manager, at (850) 245-6475.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home Learning Network in Dec: Homeschooling for the Holidays

Join us at the Jimmy Keel Public Library in Carrollwood, on Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm for our free monthly Home Learning Network meeting.

This month, we'll be talking about homeschooling during the holidays. You don't have to choose between holiday activities like cooking, readying for friends and family and shopping, or homeschooling, worrying that your kids will loose precious learning time over the holidays.

The holidays are precious learning time -- from learning about cultural and religious traditions, to considering socioeconomic issues, to writing cards and letters, to important discussion and sharing time with and about family and friends.

So come de-stress with homeschooling friends, share ideas and insights, and take the opportunity the holidays offer to consider a richness of learning far beyond, and more enduring than anything you'll ever find in books or curricula.

Jimmy Keel Public Library is at 2902 West Bearss Avenue in Tampa.

All are welcome - See you Monday!

Terri Willingham
Learning is for Everyone
LIFE of Florida
LIFE of Tampa

Monday, November 17, 2008

Water Atlas Training Opportunity for Tampa Bay Area Private School & Homeschool Teachers

Pinellas County’s Watershed Management Division is holding a training session & workshop in the use of the Water Atlas website and the associated curricula. The Water Atlas is a website that houses water quality data, documents, and a great deal of educational material. A new component “near real-time data” is online and we’ll be instructing on its’ use also. A set of curricula has been written for use with the Water Atlas, and a new set of curricula is being introduced for the new component. The curricula are available directly from the website, just go to education and click on ‘Curriculum for Teachers’. There you will find PDF and Microsoft Wordtm versions of the Teacher’s Guides and Student Handouts.

The training is provided free of charge and lunch will be provided.

We are introducing the new Near Real-Time Data Component of the Atlas and it’s curricula.

When: November 24th from 9:00am-3:30pm
Where: Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center
Auditorium 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.

We provide use of computers, take home training supplies, and lunch.

To register contact Melissa Harrison or Anamarie Rivera via
e-mail MHarrison@PinellasCounty.org or ARivera@PinellasCounty.org

If you have a vegetarian meal preference, please let us know when you register.

If you are interested and cannot attend, please let us know so we can schedule additional training sessions.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Florida KidCare “Act-Out for Health” Contest - Deadline 12/5

Only One Month to Submit Your Entry

Florida KidCare "Act-Out for Health" Contest Deadline Approaching

Tallahassee – The deadline to submit PSA and print advertisement
entries to the Florida KidCare Act-Out for Health Contest is quickly
approaching on December 5th. Middle and high school students from
across the state can produce a 30 second television commercial PSA or
create a print advertisement promoting Florida KidCare, a state and
federally funded program for uninsured children.

A recent study by the University of Florida Institute for Child Health
Policy identified children 12 through 18 years old as the largest
population of uninsured children in Florida. The contest encourages
students to use creative messages and images to demonstrate the
importance of having quality healthcare.

Students can win scholarships Best Buy gift cards and money for their
school. Winning entries may be featured on television or newspapers
and magazines across the state during the 2009 Florida KidCare media
campaign.

Florida KidCare "Act-Out for Health" PSA Contest

www.actout4health.org

Contest Deadline: Friday, December 5, 2008 at 4 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November Home Learning Network: Teaching With Current Events

– Or How to Keep Civic Passion Instructive

Join us Monday, November 3, at 7:30pm at Jimmy Keel Public Library at 2902 West Bearss Avenue in Tampa. We’ll be (at least starting out) talking about how to teach with current events.

Civic passions are running high – it’s a great time to teach kids about participatory democracy, American history, Language Arts, Sociology, Mass Media, distinguishing between facts and opinions, and dozens of other subjects.

Come share resources and ideas, ask questions, and help answer them. We’ll meet by the information table near the children’s area.


See you Monday!

Terri Willingham
Learning is for Everyone
www.learningis4everyone.org
LIFE of Florida
http://LIFEofFlorida.blogspot.com
LIFE of Tampa
http://LIFEofTampa.blogspot.com

Friday, October 31, 2008

Homeschooling and the 2008 Election

I want to address some contentions that I think are erroneous and misleading that are currently making the rounds of homeschool communities; and that’s namely that whoever wins the presidential election will determine whether we get to continue homeschooling.

To put it mildly, I think that’s stuff and nonsense. Our nation is confronted with an economic crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in nearly 80 years, health care issues, foreign policy issues, wars on at least two fronts, and climate change issues. I can pretty much guarantee you that the first thing any incoming president does will NOT have anything to do with homeschooling or the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

There’s a lot more at stake in this election than homeschooling, which isn’t an issue on anyone’s platform. I think we should all be more concerned with national issues of economy, health care and foreign policy than the states issues of homeschooling right now.

Whoever you vote for, whatever you vote for, please make your vote an intelligent and informed one, based on facts and not fear mongering conjecture. Homeschooling is alive and well and thriving in America, influencing educational choices nationwide, inspiring innovation in pubic and private education that will not be reversed, and neither John McCain nor Barack Obama will significantly affect it one way or another.

And if at any point, there is any threat coming from the national level with respect to how you homeschool, I can guarantee you it won’t come from the White House, but from wolves in sheeps' clothing like HSLDA and other special interests with private agendas masquerading as homeschool saviors.

Protect your right to homeschool by supporting everyone’s rights to live, worship and learn in ways best for their families. Vote with common sense and intelligence, not fear.

Terri Willingham
LIFE of Tampa
http://LIFEofTampa.blogspot.com
LIFE of Florida
http://LIFEofFlorida.blogspot.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve Events for Last Week of Oct & Early November

Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.
Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.


Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Center Hours:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays
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Looking at the Past Through the Eyes of Scientists and Artists

Saturday, October 25, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

David M. Jarzen, Ph.D., Florida Museum of Natural History

Dr. David Jarzen studies fossil pollen, often called the fingerprints
of plants, in order to determine what sorts of plants lived in a
particular place at a particular time. Plants the dinosaurs walked
among share many features with the plants of today. These
similarities allow scientists, with the help of artists, to
reconstruct ancient landscapes. Jarzen and his colleague, Dr. Dale
Russell, worked with sculptor and artist Eleanor Kish to create some
of the most thrilling reconstructions captured on canvas that depict
the world of the dinosaurs! In this lecture, Jarzen uses amusing
anecdotal tales as he discusses how scientists work with artists to
express natural history knowledge through color and beauty.
Pre-registration is requested. There is no fee for this program.
Recommended for adults.

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Artist Exhibition - Visions of Florida - The photography of Jason
Hahn will be on exhibit until October 26, 2008.

Artist Exhibition – Julie Kornblum: Past, Preservation, and Future

The artwork of Julie Kornblum will be on exhibit from November 1
through December 28, 2008.

Julie Kornblum's weaving and basketry are a combination of the
immediate and the ancient. She takes a new look at old traditions by
using post-modern, recycled materials to weave early American
household textile patterns. Her sculptural pieces combine discarded
plastics with coiled basket technique and have won awards in national
juried shows. Julie hopes her work will raise awareness of how our
plastic trash impacts the environment. Visitors can enjoy this
exhibit during normal Center hours November 1 through December 28, 2008.

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Guided Hikes

Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along
the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we
look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological
footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must,
and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by
12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All
ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Rags to Riches: Basket-Making From Recyclables Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Julie Kornblum, Woodland Hills, CA

Make a recycled basket with fiber artist Julie Kornblum. Learn how to
start, build and shape a coiled basket using a variety of objects
including cast-off and recycled materials. The workshop includes a
discussion of modern and traditional basketry, and the environmental
issues that inspire Julie's work with discarded plastics. No prior
experience or specialized tools needed. Pre-registration required and
space is limited. Admission: $40 per person (includes materials).
Recommended for ages 12 and older.

Meet the Artist – Julie Kornblum: Past, Preservation, and Future

Sunday, November 2, 2008 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Julie Kornblum, Woodland Hills, CA

Julie Kornblum's weaving and basketry are a combination of the
immediate and the ancient. She takes a new look at old traditions by
using post-modern, recycled materials to weave early American
household textile patterns. Her sculptural pieces combine discarded
plastics with coiled basket technique and have won awards in national
juried shows. Julie hopes her work will raise awareness of how our
plastic trash impacts the environment. Come visit the Center to see
this unique fiber art and meet the artist. Pre-registration is not
required for this open reception. To learn more about her work, visit
www.juliekornblum.com. Visitors can enjoy this exhibit during normal
Center hours November 1 through December 28, 2008. Admission: Free.
Recommended for adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Family Night Hikes

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Educational Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Glowing eyes, strange sounds and unusual smells are all experienced as
you awaken your senses during this night hike. Join us for a walk to
experience the Preserve after dark as we look and listen for the
creatures of the night. We will discuss the unique adaptations of
nocturnal animals as we explore the Education Center trails. Sturdy
closed-toe shoes are a must, and a flashlight is optional.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free.
Recommended for families with children age 10 and up.

Adult Ecology Workshop: Tree Identification

Friday, November 7, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

John Kunzer, USF Biology Department, Herbarium (Plant Museum)

The Adult Ecology Workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore
focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted
authorities. The workshop presents college-level instruction and is
designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience.
The only prerequisite is a keen interest in the topic. In this
workshop participants learn about common trees and shrubs, how to use
a dichotomous key and practice using the key to identify woody plants
in the field. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Admission: $40 per person ($30 for FOBCP, Inc. members). Recommended
for adults.

Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: Modern Floridians in the Age of
Dinosaurs

Saturday, November 8, 2008 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Jeff Klinkenberg, Author

Award-winning columnist and author Jeff Klinkenberg talks about the
fascinating encounters between Homo sapiens -- that's us -- and
Alligator mississippiensis -- that's them -- from the 16th century to
the present. We've worshipped them, feared them, hunted them, eaten
them, written fine literature about them, hunted them some more,
painted pretty pictures of them, and hunted them even more. They're
still here, lying on river banks, slipping through cypress trees,
creeping through the sawgrass, occasionally eating us or our dogs.
They're dinosaurs living in the 21st century. During his
presentation, Klinkenberg insists that you keep your hands inside the
boat. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Recommended for
adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, November 9, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 23, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore
and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom
anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of
self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these
questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this
open activity. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with
children of all ages.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Leaf Man

Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Book Time at Brooker Creek is designed to connect pre-school children
to the wonders of the natural world. Children are treated to a
variety of stories that relate to their environment. This week
features Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Those aren't ordinary leaves piled
up in the front yard this fall. This brightly illustrated tale
follows the journey of the leaf man as the wind picks him up and
carries him across the land. This program also includes a craft, game
or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is
required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early!
Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Science Education at Sea Secondary (SEAS) Grades 6 – 12

Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:30 am- 3:30 pm

The Florida Aquarium Staff

Bring SEAS into your classroom! Learn about the diversity of aquatic
life and habitats in Florida's coastal environment and watersheds.
Hands-on activities aligned with Sunshine State Standards are the
perfect way to teach marine sciences. Teachers attending this
educators' workshop will take home lesson plans, teaching resources
and a $50 stipend. To register, visit
http://www.flaquarium.org/Education and click on "Teacher Workshops"
or call (813) 273-4015 for more information. Space is limited so
register early. Recommended for teachers.


Sunday Morning Bird Walk

Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Join us for a morning bird walk along the Center's trails. We will
learn to identify common birds of the Preserve by sight, behavior and
sound. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Sturdy
closed-toe shoes and water are a must. A hat, sunscreen and insect
repellant are recommended. Pre-registration is required and space is
limited. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 10 and up.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Events

Brooker Creek Preserve
Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.
Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.
Brooker Creek Preserve will never share your email address.
If you would like to be removed from this list, please reply by placing remove and your name in the subject line.
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
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Artist Exhibition - Visions of Florida

Jason Hahn, Land O’ Lakes, Florida

Visitors may enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through October 26, 2008. Jason Hahn specializes in capturing images that illustrate why Florida is such a special place. Jason hikes into what he describes as “the muddiest, buggiest, hottest, and most unforgiving places Florida has to offer” to capture that perfect shot that hold exceptional beauty. He hopes his work helps others understand, appreciate and protect places they may never see first hand. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Teacher Training Workshop

Saturday, October 18, 2008 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek Preserve is the perfect place to connect classroom concepts to the natural world. This workshop provides teachers with the training and materials necessary to design and lead learning experiences that are tailored to their classroom curriculum goals. Workshops are intended for teachers willing to lead their own field trips, and are required of all teachers before using Center equipment and facilities other than public trails and the exhibit hall. Pre-registration is required. Call and ask for the educator in charge of this workshop for more information or to register. Admission: Free. Recommended for teachers.

Wild Signs Hike

Sunday, October 19, 2008 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Everyone has a sign, even wild things. The many creatures that live in Brooker Creek Preserve leave signs of their daily activities. Join us for a walk along the Education Center Trail to look for and learn how to decipher these wild signs. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended for families with children ages 10 and up.

Movie Night at Brooker Creek – The Secret World of Bats

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This 48-minute film, originally shown on CBS television, captures all aspects of bat behavior. Come watch world-renowned cinematographer Dieter Plage as he follows Bat Conservation International founder Merlin Tuttle across five continents. This film features amazing slow-motion photography that reveals the secret lives of bats. Join us after the film as we take an evening stroll to look for some of our local bats and other creatures of the night. Closed-toe comfortable shoes, long pants and insect repellent are recommended and a flashlight is optional for the walk. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 10 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: The Very Busy Spider

Thursday, October 23, 2008 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week presents The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Join us for this delightful tale of a busy little spider as she weaves her web. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Looking at the Past Through the Eyes of Scientists and Artists

Saturday, October 25, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

David M. Jarzen, Ph.D., Florida Museum of Natural History

Dr. David Jarzen studies fossil pollen, often called the fingerprints of plants, in order to determine what sorts of plants lived in a particular place at a particular time. Plants the dinosaurs walked among share many features with the plants of today. These similarities allow scientists, with the help of artists, to reconstruct ancient landscapes. Jarzen and his colleague, Dr. Dale Russell, worked with sculptor and artist Eleanor Kish to create some of the most thrilling reconstructions captured on canvas that depict the world of the dinosaurs! In this lecture, Jarzen uses amusing anecdotal tales as he discusses how scientists work with artists to express natural history knowledge through color and beauty. Pre-registration is requested. There is no fee for this program. Recommended for adults.

Creepy Critters and ‘Boo Time’ Stories

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Bring the whole family to learn about Halloween favorites like owls, spiders and bats. Then join us for a short evening hike along the boardwalk to look and listen for common creatures of the night. We will end the evening with a fun ‘boo time’ story. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Closed-toe comfortable shoes, long pants and insect repellant are recommended. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 5 years old or older.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Estuary Academy 2008: Wildlife in the Watershed

Saturday, November 8, 2008

8:30 am -2:30 pm

Registration is now open for the 2008 Estuary Academy, set for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg.

The Academy's mission is to introduce citizens to the wealth of scientific research being conducted in the Tampa Bay Watershed. This year's theme is "Wildlife in the Watershed."

Learn how wading birds fit their bills, how frogs sing, what kind of fishes are in the ditches at the Pres erve and the coastal birds on the shores of the bay, how bats benefit society, meet a diamondback terrapin, or take a guided canoe tour to learn about the Preserve's diverse habi tats. The $10 registration fee includes lunch, goody bags, fabulous speakers, and a choice of terrific, hands-on workshops. The Academy has something for everyone!

Participation is limited to 100 adults and children over 12, and pre-registration is required.

Register online now at the Tampa Bay Estuary Program at www.tbep.org

Friday, October 3, 2008

4th Annual Homeschool National Geographic Bee

Hello everyone!

I am pleased to announce the 4th Annual Homeschool National Geographic Bee in Pasco/Pinellas and surrounding counties! This year's bee is sponsored in part by LIFE of Tampa. The bee will be held Wednesday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Starkey Park Education Center in New Port Richey.

I want to begin early to gather the names for the e-mailing list for the bee.

For those who wish to compete, please visit the website which offers further information and links to study questions:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee/

I encourage all competitors...the following rules apply only to those who go on to the next level (state competition). The competition is for those in grades 4-8. The student may not reach their 16th birthday before May 1, 2009. A student may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level during each school year of the competition.


If you have a question about whether or not your child is age-eligible, please contact me.

The winner of this bee will take a written test; the top 100 scorers in Florida will be eligible to compete in the state bee in March. The winner of the state bee will be sent to Washington D.C. for the National Geographic Bee in May, 2009, all expenses paid by the National Geographic Society.

The winner and runner-up of our bee will also receive trophies. Every participant will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Please feel free to forward this message on to any other lists you belong to, and any individual you feel may be interested.

This bee is open to any homeschooler, regardless of where you may live.

The cost to participate in this bee is $5/child, to defray the cost of registration with National Geographic.


Please contact me by email, and include your name, your child's name and age. I will contact you closer to the date with further details. Thank you for your interest!

Loni Kaplan
adamfolk @hotmail.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Water Atlas Training Workshop for Homeschoolers - Clearwater, Oct. 13 & 16

Pinellas County’s Watershed Management Division is holding another training session & workshop in the use of the Water Atlas website and the associated curricula.

October 13th 6-9pm and October 15th 6-9pm.
Both sessions must be attended for completion.

Training location is the Conference Room at
512 S. Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater.

We provide use of computers, take home training supplies, and an evening snack.

To register contact Melissa Harrison or Anamarie Rivera via
e-mail mharrison@pinellascounty.org or arivera@pinellascounty.org

If you have a vegetarian meal preference, please let us know when you register.

If you are interested and cannot attend, please let us know so we can
schedule additional training sessions.

Monday, September 29, 2008

FYI: New High School Diploma desginations

Microsoft Word - Memo to Districts 9 25.doc

There’s a lot of interesting reading in this Senate bill text, pertaining to changes in the Sunshine State Standards (ie “ Next Generation Sunshine State Standards) .While, in and of itself, this legislation has no specific bearing on home education in Florida, it's useful for several reasons, not the least of which is simply being informed about curriculum standards in FL.


Some homeschoolers follow along with the standards, many do not. But if there’s a chance that you plan to enroll your child in public ed, you may want to stay informed about upcoming changes. Even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to stay informed about changes to standards, especially if you’ve got kids making their way through high school at home and you plan to create diplomas for them, or want to align their transcripts with public ed requirements for college or career needs.


You can see (and save a copy of) the new diploma form here:

http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5142/k12-2008-159.pdf


You can see the new "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards" (in progress) here: http://www.floridastandards.org


From the FL DOE (excerpt below - visit link for full memo)

http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5142/k12-2008-159.pdf


DATE: September 25, 2008

SUBJECT: HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA DESIGNATIONS

Recently enacted Senate Bill 1908 created a new section of statute that requires the following four new designations are included on the standard high school diploma beginning with the 2008-09 school year, as applicable:


Major Area of Interest, pursuant to completion of credits as provided in section 1003.428, Florida Statutes

Completion of four or more accelerated college credit courses in AP, IB, AICE, or dual enrollment if the student is eligible for college credit pursuant to sections 1007.27 or 1007.271, Florida Statutes

Career education certification in accordance with section 1003.431, Florida Statutes

Florida Ready to Work Credential in accordance with section 1004.99, Florida Statutes


Senate Bill 1908 can be viewed at: http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2008/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s1908er.pdf (see page 18).


Tampa Bay Ballet homeschool classes, Oldsmar

Tampa Bay Ballet is about to begin a homeschool ballet class held at our studio in Oldsmar. The class will begin October 7th from 1:00-2:00 pm. This class is not yet posted on our schedule online. It will be open to beginner/intermediate students 8-18 years of age. The cost of this class is $54/month. Miranda Heitz is the instructor for this class. Please email Ms. Lindsay at lindsay@tampabayballet.com with any questions you may have and additional information.

Sincerely,

Lindsay Latham
Director, Tampa Bay Ballet
www.tampabayballet.com
(813) 814-0587

Friday, September 26, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve October Programs

Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.
Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.
Brooker Creek Preserve will never share your email address.
If you would like to be removed from this list, please reply by placing remove and your name in the subject line.
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
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Exploring Epiphytes

Saturday, September 27, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

How are pineapples related to stranglers? What important ice cream ingredient is found on tree branches? Epiphytes, or air plants, grow on the trees from Brooker Creek Preserve to your own backyard. Join us for a hands-on exploration into the world of these fascinating plants. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Fall Migration Bird Walk

Sunday, September 28, 2008 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

The migration season is upon us, and those feathered marathon flyers are beginning to appear in Florida as they travel toward the tropics. Join us for a pleasant stroll along the trails to search for migratory birds. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Closed-toe comfortable shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended for

BCPEEC – October 2008 Events

Wednesday Evening Walks

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Many animals are most active at dawn and dusk, the time when nature’s day shift has ended but the night shift has yet to begin. Join us for a pleasant evening stroll as we discuss the ways many living things are adapted to make the best use of the twilight hours. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must; water and insect repellant are optional. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up.

Fall Migration Bird Hikes

Thursday, October 2, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 9, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 16, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Join us every Thursday morning in October for a bird hike on the Preserve. We will search for migratory birds as these feathered marathon flyers travel toward the tropics. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Closed-toe comfortable shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended for this hike. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 10 and up.

Guided Hikes

Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Saturday, October 18, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Saturday, October 25, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Environmental Lands Division Volunteers

Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Fall for Florida Native Plants - Native Plant Sale

Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

A variety of native plants that add beauty and attract wildlife to your landscape will be available at this fall plant sale. Attend workshops throughout the day. Then stop by the sale to spice up your fall landscaping with native plants. Please call the Center for more information and a schedule of the day’s activities. Admission: Free. Recommended for all ages.

Photography Workshop: "Ten Tips to Better Nature Photography"

Sunday, October 5, 2008 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jason Hahn, Land O’Lakes, FL

Join nature photographer Jason Hahn as he hosts a photography workshop focused on helping you improve your nature photography skills. The workshop includes both field and classroom sessions, and is suited for photographers of all skill levels. Jason focuses on a hands-on, practical application of concepts in the field in real shooting situations with instruction not just in technique, but also in the natural world you will explore. Pre-registration is required. Admission: $30/person. Recommended for adults – program suitable for children 12 and older.

Fall Butterfly Identification Seminar and Count

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 7:00pm – 9:00 pm Identification Seminar

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Count

Ecological Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

The Environmental Lands Division is gearing up for another Fall Butterfly Count at Brooker Creek Preserve. Volunteers of all levels are needed to assist with this monitoring program. Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend the Butterfly Identification Seminar on Wednesday at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center. Those interested in helping with the Fall Butterfly Count should meet at the Pinellas County Biological Field Station on Saturday by 9:30 am. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 12 and up. Pre-registration for the seminar and count is required. Call (727) 453-6900 for information, directions, and registration.

Cypress Swamp Café - Home Invaders

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Join us for this series of presentations and discussions to explore ways you can live a more sustainable lifestyle. This week features home invaders, those other creatures that live in your house. Spiders, roaches and mice are just a few of the creatures that can be found sharing your home. Join us to learn how to appreciate some common home invaders and environmentally friendly ways to discourage them. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 10 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Stellaluna

Thursday, October 9, 2008 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week presents Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is the story of a young bat that finds herself in a bird’s nest and is forced to behave like a bird. She eventually shows her bird siblings about life as a bat, which prompts them to investigate the differences between birds and bats. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Walking Stick Carving Workshop

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bob Marek, Clearwater, FL

Woodcarver Bob Marek has been teaching carving in Pinellas County for over 25 years and has taught workshops at a wide variety of city and county facilities. He will have staffs available equipped with blanks for several different animals, birds and fish, or you can bring your own wood to carve. Carving tools will be available. Pre-registration required. Admission: $50/person (own wood) or $60/person (wood provided); Recommended for adults – program suitable for beginners through advanced students.

Woodburning Workshop

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Carolyn Marek, Clearwater, FL

Woodburning, or pyrography, is the art of burning a design or pattern into a natural wood surface. Participants learn to control and develop tonal depths of shading and highlighting using woodburning tools. With guidance and a little practice, you will be able to woodburn with confidence and expertise. All woodburning tools and wood are provided. You can bring your own wood to practice on. Pre-registration required. Admission: $50/person (if bringing wood) or $60/person (wood provided). Recommended for adults – program suitable for beginners to advanced students.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, October 12, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 26, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children of all ages.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Get the Most out of Your Library - Bloomingdale Library, Oct. 6, 7pm

Get the Most Out of Your Library

Homeschooling Tools presentation by Stacey Jurewicz, Senior Librarian,Public Computer Instruction


Where:Bloomingdale Library

1906 Bloomingdale Ave.,

Valrico, FL 33602 | 813-273-3652 | hcplc.org


When: Monday, Oct 6 7 pm


What: Welcome to the world of homeschooling and research tools available at your library.

In this introduction to the library’s homeschooling and research tools, you can:


• Learn about the resources available at the library for homeschoolers.

• Explore the library’s Databases & Websites.

• Learn search strategies that provide the most effective results.


Email Stacey if you have questions or would like a similar presentation at your local library: jurewiczs@hillsboroughcounty.org