Applications open for 2017 UF/IFAS Plant Camp for educators

Are you a teacher who has always wanted to incorporate lessons on plants in your classroom? The University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is hosting its free Plant Camp, a five-day workshop, from June 12 to 16, 2017.

Applications will be accepted from Dec. 14th to Feb. 19, 2017. To apply, click here.

The workshop is designed for teachers—4th through 12th grade—interested in learning more about the 130-plus invasive plant species invading Florida’s natural areas and neighborhoods, as well as the native flora and fauna that make our state so unique.

“Invasive plants cost Florida taxpayers more than $80 million a year. They can block flood control devices and bridges, harbor mosquitoes, and cover valuable fish and wildlife habitats,” said Dehlia Albrecht, education initiative coordinator at the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. “Prevention and education are needed to protect our waters and natural areas.”

Educating Floridians about invasive plants begins in the classroom, Albrecht said. Participants will learn from UF/IFAS researchers about native and non-native plants, participate in hands-on field experiences and get free materials to take back to their classrooms, she said.

Lodging and most meals are provided. Participating teachers will earn 32 hours of professional development credit. Teachers in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system must get prior approval from the district for professional development points.

The workshop is an annual event of the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative, made possible by the Invasive Plant Management Section of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in partnership with UF/IFAS.

Source: University of Florida

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