Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Education and Outreach
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"Our mission is to advance awareness and understanding of Florida Coastal Everglades ecology and long term research."
Welcome to the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Education and Outreach Program

FCE LTER Education and Outreach brings students, teachers, community, and research scientists together to develop a deeper understanding of the intricate ecosystems and ecology of the Coastal Everglades. To reach this goal, Education and Outreach has four main areas of focus: Ecological Training, Cross Site Collaboration, Environmental Literacy, and Community Partnerships.

Ecological Training: FCE directly pairs high school students with LTER scientists and allows the students to perform their own research. Over 30 high school students have been paired with FCE researchers since 2000. Several of these students have participated and placed in local, state, and international science competitions. One student was awarded 2nd Place at the Intel International competition.

Cross Site Collaboration: Through collaboration with other programs studying the Coastal Everglades, over 30 students and 40 teachers have participated in technology-related ecology research. The lessons developed by the teachers have since impacted over a hundred students.

Environmental Literacy: New curriculum and activities are being written to examine the relationship between society and the environment, including the history of the Native Americans in South Florida. These lessons will be piloted in the classroom and will become available through this site.

Community Partnerships: Over the last several years, FCE has established community partnerships with the goal of creating citizen education programs. Partnerships include Everglades National Park, the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, the National Parks Foundation, CEMEX, and the Deering Estate.

Featured Programs & Partnerships:

  • The Deering Estate at Cutler: Providing a variety of environmental programs, the Deering's Cutler Slough Rehydration Project is a micro-scale model of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and FCE LTER research.
  • Predator Tracker: Learn how researchers at Florida International University track and study big predators in the Shark River Estuary in Everglades National Park and explore their predator tracking data.
  • One Night in the Everglades: Follow two scientists as they spend a night in the Everglades collecting water samples, photographing wildlife, and sloshing through the marshes in an attempt to understand this mysterious ecosystem.

    Una Noche En Los Everglades: Sigue a dos científicos que pasan una noche en los Everglades recogiendo muestras de agua, fotografiando la vida silvestre y chapoteando a través de pantanos en un intento por comprender este ecosistema misterioso.
  • Get a "behind the scenes" look at what it's really like working in the Everglades and ask our researchers about their work.
  • A participatory eco-art project by Xavier Cortada, Artist-in-Residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, presented in coordination with FCE LTER. The Reclamation Project explores our ability to coexist with the natural world.
  • OdysseyEarth: Explore the Everglades with wildlife filmmakers and FCE LTER partners, Rich and Richard Kern. In the Encounters in Excellence K-12 assembly series and OdysseyEarth.com, the Kerns introduces you to the natural history of south Florida and FCE LTER research.
  • Tropical Botanic Artists: Explore the Florida Coastal Everglades through the eyes of the Tropical Botanic Artists. In collaboration with the FCE LTER Marine Macroalgae Research Lab, their first exhibition Macroalgae: Hidden colors of the Sea toured south Florida is now on permanent exhibit at the Florida International University Glenn Hubert Library.

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National Science Foundation logo This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreements #DEB-1237517, #DBI-0620409, and #DEB-9910514. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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