Coastal Plains Institute offers many different programs to schools, after-school
programs, summer camps, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and other community
organizations. These group programs are designed to target a specified age
group and can enhance a wide variety of skills including mathematics, writing,
analysis, observation, science, and creativity.
To schedule a program or for more information,
please call or email Rebecca Meegan.
- Exploring Your Public Lands – Slides and handouts
to provide the audience with knowledge about the public lands in our
area….where to go and what to do.
- A Day in the Life of a Biologist – Through
a slide presentation, the audience will accompany a biologist as she
studies the amphibians and reptiles of six ephemeral ponds.
- Endangered Species – Teaches the life history
of endangered species in Florida (plants, mammals, birds, amphibians,
reptiles) and provides specific ways to help.
Full Day Programs
- Amphibians and Reptiles of a Nearby Wetland –
Field trip to an ephemeral pond. Students will have the opportunity
to dipnet for tadpoles, listen for frog calls, identify frogs and lizards
living on the ponds edge.
- Backyard Biologist – Discover the animals living
in urban areas.
- Project Wild Activities – Activities targeted to specific age
groups teach ecological lessons about animals and their habitats.
- Benefits of Bats – Slide presentation about
the bats in Florida and their habits and habitats. Also includes a bat
box building exercise.
- A Naturalists Journal – Students will create
a personal journal and learn how to take notes about their outdoor surroundings.
Both an indoor and an outdoor experience.
- Art and Nature – Students will explore a local
forest and/or wetland and learn to view their surroundings through the
eyes of an artist. In partnership with Dale Johnson, a scientific illustrator
with the Florida Museum of Natural History.
- Biologist for a Day – Be a biologist for the
day and accompany 2 biologists as they research the amphibians and reptiles
in the Apalachicola National Forest. Participants will learn different
techniques for finding, catching, and studying the fauna.
- Friends in the Forest – Program will focus
on the vertebrates of Florida’s forest and includes hiking, hands-on
demonstrations, and a take-home project.
For more lecture presentations see also Slide
and Lecture Presentations.
A big part of CPI's mission is to provide environmental education to the
public to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of Coastal
Plain ecology. We believe that if people get themselves immersed in wild,
natural places, then they will be far better equipped to join in the fight
to conserve Southeastern biodiversity. Not to mention, it's just plain
fun and self-rewarding. Ryan and Rebecca will take up to 10 people per
outing to various locations in North Florida. Trips currently offered
- Time Traveling on the Wacissa River:
We’ll take you on a canoeing and snorkeling adventure down the
wild Wacissa River for a full day. Learn spring ecology and travel back
in time to an unspoiled place rich in archeological and paleontological
history. Discover the remains of past Native American cultures and huge
Ice Age animals and learn about the region’s paleoecology. Nothing
will be taken from the river. This is a place where whispering winds
and flickering sunlight interact with clear spring water gushing over
wavy grass, clean sand and limestone. Trip begins at Goose Pasture on
the Wacissa River and ends 5 miles later at Nutall Rise on the Aucilla
River. Families welcome. Call or email Ryan for more specific info.
- Sinkholes of the Aucilla: Take a
hike for a day along the wildest stretch of the Aucilla River where
it flows underground for the first time only to resurface dozens more
times along its string of cavernous sinkholes. We’ll count and
explore as many sinks as we can find. Count on learning much about Karst
geology and Florida natural history.
Call or email Ryan Means for more specific info:
- Many more trips in the making…