How much does the program cost?
Thanks to support from the National Geographic Society, Florida Sea Grant, the Cottonwood Foundation, and the University of Florida, this program was offered completely free to schools. The program conducted 4 field trips in Spring 2017 at schools in Gainesville, Florida, and will continue when additional funding is available. Please contact me if you are interested in having the program at your school or if you are interested in funding the program.
What exactly does the program include?
There are 3 main parts to the program:
1. Field trip to the springs
2. Classroom visits (including pre- and post-trip classroom visits and the aquifer virtual tour)
3. Art show
Please see the About page for more in depth information about each piece.
Is the program correlated with state education standards?
Yes! Materials are directly linked to 5th grade education standards in the state of Florida. Please contact me if you would like additional information.
What grade level(s) are eligible for the program?
At present, the program is only available for 5th grade students. After Spring 2017, I hope that I will be able to expand the program to other grade levels. This will depend on additional grant funding, time available to correlate the materials with grade-level state academic standards, and whether there is continued interest from schools.
Does my 5th grader have to know how to swim to go on the trip?
Your child must be a confident swimmer in order to attend the field trip. You must sign a special permission slip that states that your child is able to swim. We will have lifeguards on staff who will be keeping a watchful eye over the students while they’re in and around the water to make sure everyone is safe! Lifejackets are provided and are mandatory for all students.
My 5th grader is attending the field trip. What should s/he bring?
Please bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and a lunch. We will provide masks, snorkels, underwater cameras, and field guides to flora and fauna of the springs. You can find a complete packing list here.
I heard that there is an art show featuring my student’s work. Where and when can I see it?
You can find student photos and writing online on the Student Work page of this site. There is also currently an exhibit at First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville, Florida, that features student work. The exhibit, titled “immersed,” will be at First Magnitude through June 2018. You can also check out #walkingonwaterFL on Twitter for information about future exhibits.