2002 Book List (PDF version)
Internet Resources (PDF version)
Community Atlas Workshop Information
- Everglades. Click here to see a detailed plan. (PDF
- Utilize geographical skills to identify various types of land
use and its effect on local environments.
See if you can locate any aerial photos of a rural and urban area.
Allow students to work on examining the photos and see if they can
construct a land use map out of these resources. It will require them
to carefully observe the agricultural areas and the developed areas.
It would be a great addition if you could get two photos from different
time periods. Students could make a list of the land uses and then
create a land use map out of what they observe.
- Discuss and debate the complex topic of public lands - ex. "whose
waterway is it anyway?"
Create two opposing panels that will research opposite perspectives
of a debate on environmental protection vs. recreational use (such
as manatees vs. recreational boaters, or Yellowstone preservation
vs. snowmobile enthusiasts). Create a neutral set of judges who will
"judge" the merits of each side's argument and declare a
- Create a plan that will "save" a wild area from development.
There are numerous examples where students have turned frustration
and anger into action. Identify a threatened area that has come under
the threat of the bulldozer. Students can organize a petition, research
the issue, and make a presentation to the local county commission.
They will have to become "experts" and circulate around
their community to make sure the voters are aware of the issue and
will support them. Many cities are discussing putting in "greenways"
in their cities, but there is organized resistance to it from developers.
Political action like this empowers our students to participate in
- Identifying "green" cities in Florida.
Have students develop some type of criteria for what a "green
city" is. After they have agreed, have groups research various
regions in Florida and see who meets the criteria for being a green
city. (They might find they may have to adjust their criteria). Students
then could create a unique map that would identify Florida's "greenest
- Building a greenway or trail in your community.
Provide students with a map of a city in Florida. Have them discuss
the concerns and obstacles they might face in building a trail in
their city (ex. Physical obstacles, expense, traffic patterns, safety,
etc.). Have groups of students carefully study the map and after discussing
these factors, have them map a proposed greenway/trail. They must
make a convincing presentation to a mock city commission that will
approve the best plan in the class.
Water Management Districts
- Northwest Florida Water Management District (PDF
- Suwannee River Water Management District (PDF
- St. Johns River Water Management District (PDF
- Southwest Florida Water Management District (PDF
- South Florida Water Management District (PDF