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.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve September Events

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Rd.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

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


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.

Ugly Duckling’s Journey to Away
Saturday, September 6, 2008 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
STAGES Productions, Sarasota, FL

Springtime in the farm yard is a grand time in the Duckling household. But it won’t be grand for long because the garbage is piling up and threatening the environment. When Mama and Papa Duck decide to teach the ugly duckling about the 3 R’s of waste management, his answer is simply to throw all the trash “away.” Join the ugly duckling as he embarks on a thrilling journey, while learning to reduce, reuse and recycle garbage. Witness Ugly’s transformation as he realizes that, when throwing out the trash, there is no such place as “away.” Now that’s beautiful! Join us for the world premiere of this engaging family performance! Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Suitable for families with children of all ages.


Teachers’ Open House
Saturday, September 6, 2008 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek Preserve is the perfect place to connect classroom concepts to the natural world. Four miles of walking trails, a 4,000 square-foot classroom with both indoor and outdoor teaching areas, and more than 20 hands-on discovery-oriented exhibits provide limitless learning opportunities. Join us to speak to an educator about the opportunities available for you and your students. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Recommended for all teachers.


Meet the Artist – Visions of Florida
Sunday, September 7, 2008 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jason Hahn, Land O’Lakes, FL

As a professional nature photographer, Jason Hahn specializes in capturing images that illustrate why Florida is such a special place. A certified Florida Master Naturalist, Jason uses his knowledge of ecosystems to capture exceptional photographs of wildlife in their natural environment. He is an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association, and his work has been published in a wide variety of books and magazines including Outdoor Photographer and Florida Wildlife. Jason hikes into what he describes as “the muddiest, buggiest, hottest, and most unforgiving places Florida has to offer” to capture the perfect shot that holds exceptional beauty. He hopes his work helps others understand, appreciate and protect natural places they may never see first-hand. To learn more about this work, visit http://www.jasonhan.com/. Join us for a chance to meet the artist and discuss his work during this free event. Visitors can enjoy this exhibit during normal Center hours through October 26, 2008. Recommended for adults – program suitable for children 12 or older.


Cypress Swamp CafĂ© – Cleaning Your House Green
Wednesday, September 10, 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. Each evening includes organic refreshments and shade-grown coffee as well as a presentation or discussion. Do you worry about the safety of your household cleaning products? Many commercially available products contain strong chemicals that can be harmful to you and the environment. Join us to learn how to clean your house green! Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.


Book Time at Brooker Creek - Hungry Hoppers: Grasshoppers in Your Backyard
Thursday, September 11, 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 Hungry Hoppers: Grasshoppers in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen. Did you know that if a basketball player could jump like a grasshopper he’d go through the roof! Youngsters learn about these athletic arthropods through this fun and light-hearted book. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended ages: 3 - 5.


Family Creek Adventure
Saturday, September 13, 2008 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek is home to many interesting creatures that must adapt to seasonally changing water levels. Come get your feet wet as we explore the creek in search of its residents, both large and small. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must for this wet and muddy activity. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Recommended for families with children age 7 and up.


Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, September 14, 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, August 21, 2008

LIFE Fest August Update

Vendor registration and prepaid admission discounts are officially closed, but we've extended the deadline for registering to have a table at the LIFE Fest Bazaar, and advertising is still available in our program guide. You can visit the LIFE website at www.learningis4everyone.org for info on both of those. Additionally, if you have a support group and would like a table, you can let us know through September 5th.

The current conference line-up includes:

And much, much more!

Round tables and workshops scheduled include:

*Homeschool 101 - Getting Started and Keeping On

*Learning Cooperatively Round Table - Organizing,managing and participating in learning co-operatives

*Homeschool Support Group Round Table - Managing a group, playing nice within one

*College Prep - Tips, tricks and tools

*Homeschooled and Proud - Creating a sense of Alma mater with mater and pater

*Out of Your Element - Teaching higher level high school subjects like chemistry, physics, and algebra

Speakers will include:

Brenda Dickinson, home and private school lobbyist, of the Home Education Foundation;

Mary McCool, of the Florida Virtual School;

Jamie Moorehead of Super Awesome Cool Pottery Studios;

Programs:

  • Great Explorations Children's Art will be ongoing throughout the day, providing secure, supervised child care;
  • Doug Scull with Hands on Planet Earth will provide a session or two of up close and personal animal encounters;
  • FIRST Robotics teams will be demonstrating and providing information about all levels of FIRST robotics programs for children, from Jr. LEGO League through high school robotics;
  • Tek4Tykes will be providing computer learning activities for children;
  • Homeschool Ballroom Dance team performances

More updates will be forthcoming as we finalize our program.

See you September 20th!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Florida's Online Advising System Retooled

FACTS.org, Florida’s online advising system for students, has recently been retooled and re-released. The site features straightforward navigation, new content, simplified language, updated graphics, and enhanced tools.

The site offers Florida students everything they need to plan their career and academic future from middle school through college and beyond. The electronic Personal Education Planner (ePEP) helps students plan their high school courses based on goals they set for themselves, such as attending college or a career technical center, or graduate from high school with the minimum requirements. As graduation requirements vary, the ePEP is designed to present each group with the requirements specific to the year they enter ninth grade.

Incoming eighth graders must build an ePEP as part of a Career and Education Planning course. Transcript information, including grades and FCAT scores also appear on the ePEP. Students can track their personal progress toward graduation, college admission, and Bright Futures Scholarships using the high school evaluations tool. It provides students with their weighted GPA and a list of the requirements they have met and those they have not, making it very clear what remains to de done to achieve their goals.

For more information, visit www.FACTS.org.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

LIFE Fest 2008 Celebration of Learning Home and Alternative Learners Conference - September 20

Tampa, FL (August 2, 2008) - Learning is For Everyone (LIFE), Inc. is a not-for-profit education resource organization supporting family choice in learning via broad based information resources, networking and support. Each year we hold a “festival of learning” bringing together a variety of community based learning resources to help introduce the general public to the wealth of local, cost effective learning opportunities available in our communities.


This year, our annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning conference will be held Saturday, September 20th at the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. . With world-class Ft. Desoto camping and beaches just down the road,and St. Pete museums and other attractions nearby, this annual home and alternative learners convention promises something for everyone.


Lodging is available on the premises for $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve a room before August 20. Campsites at Ft. Desoto are just $35/night, and free "primitive" group camping is also available (RSVP to LIFE before August 20).


There will be a variety of vendors, an abundance of free materials, workshops, door prizes and raffles, and an educational children’s area with art and animals, all adding up to a full and exciting day that will offer ample opportunities to meet other home educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of the homeschooling adventure.


Admission to LIFE Fest 2008 is a $10 donation per family at the door, or $8 prepaid through Network for Good via the LIFE website by August 20. Carpool discounts will be available the day of the event.


The current conference line-up includes:

And much, much more!


Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August. (Local homeschool support group booths are free.) Visit Learning is for Everyone for details.

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Learning is For Everyone, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 C(3) organization whose goal is to provide information resources on and off the web, and assistance through its activities in all aspects of education at all stages of life.


Theresa Willingham

Vice President

Learning is for Everyone, Inc.

http://learningis4everyone.org

Info@learningis4everyone.org

Watershed Atlas Training Session for Home Educators - September 2, Clearwater

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

September 2nd from 9:00am-3:30pm
Training location is the AmSouth Building-3rd Floor
400 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.

We provide use of computers, take home training supplies, and lunch.
To register contact Melissa Harrison or Anamarie Rivera, 464-4425 or
e-mail mharrison@pinellascounty.org or arivera@pinellascounty.org
Each session needs a minimum of 6 participants.

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.

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Programs for August

Brooker Creek Preserve
Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, FL 3468

Education Center hours:
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The center is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.
For more information about the Education Center,
please call 727-453-6800


Prince of Frogs Musical Performance

Saturday, August 16, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

STAGE Productions, Sarasota, FL

Enjoy this fun musical theater production based on the classic fairy tale that has been transformed to introduce the concepts of water use, conservation and the environment to children in grades kindergarten through 5. Explore the story of “Kingdom Waste-A-Lot” as the lack of rain and the citizens’ wasteful habits result in serious water shortages in the land. Watch as the Prince of Frogs transforms the land into the Conservation Kingdom. Pre-registration required. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 5 – 10 years old.



Wild Signs Hike

Sunday, August 17, 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.



Wednesday Night Movie – In the Company of Wild Butterflies

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Witness the lives of wild butterflies as they’ve never been filmed before in this new nature documentary produced by Alpha Spectrum, Inc. This amazing film reveals details such as caterpillars hatching from eggs, butterflies emerging from their chrysallis, and butterflies “smelling” with their feet. BYOP (bring your own popcorn) for this amazing trip into the secret world of butterflies. After the film, visit our butterfly garden and pick up handy tips for creating a native butterfly nursery in your own backyard. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for all ages.



Simple Steps to Help Injured and Baby Birds

Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Michelle Simoneau, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

Simple steps make a huge difference when protecting our environment and wildlife. Most of the birds rescued and rehabilitated by the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary are injured by human activities. Join us to learn how to tell if a baby bird needs help and what to do if you find an injured bird. You can become a bird protector by making their environment less harmful! One of the Sanctuary’s resident birds will attend this program. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and up.



Book Time at Brooker Creek – Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Thursday, August 28, 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 features Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Follow the life of a sugar maple from seed to beautiful tree in collage-style art. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended ages: 3 - 5.



The Wild Side of Your Neighborhood

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

You don’t have to visit a wilderness area to observe wildlife. Your own suburban yard can be home to many wild things. Join us for this introduction to creating backyard wildlife habitat and find out how to walk on the ‘wild side’ of your neighborhood. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.



Young Naturalist Walk

Sunday, August 31, 2008 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Children are fascinated by the smallest of outdoor wonders. Join us for a short walk along the Center’s trails to discover the nature of Brooker Creek Preserve. We use all of our senses to bring out the naturalist in children of every age. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are necessary; water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children ages 5 – 10.



Art Exhibition - Bottomlands

Kelly Adams, School of Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Much of Kelly Adam’s work over the last 20 years revolves around estuary, swamp and lowland waterway ecology. Using charcoal and graphite, this East Carolina University professor heightens our awareness of the beauty and uniqueness of these ecosystems, while cultivating an understanding of the innate value they hold. Visitors may enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through August 21, 2008.