How much does the program cost?
Thanks to support from the University of Florida, the National Geographic Society, and Florida Sea Grant, this program is completely free to schools. I will visit as many schools as the grant funds allow throughout Fall 2016. Please contact me asap if you are interested.
What exactly does the program include?
There are 3 main parts to the program:
1. Field trip to the springs
2. Classroom visit
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. After Fall 2016, 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 or not there is interest from schools.
Does my 5th grader have to know how to swim to go on the trip?
Unfortunately time will not allow us to teach students how to swim, so 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!
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.
I heard that there is an art show featuring my student’s work. Where and when can I see it?
You will be able to see their photos online a few days after the field trip. Please see the Blog, where I will post updates from each school I visit. I will be sure to post all details as soon as they become available. You can also check out #walkingonwaterFL on Twitter for up to date information.