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Humanities and the Sunshine State: What Sustains Us? Florida Ecosystems in an Era of Rapid Change

Monday-Friday, 20-24 June 2016, University of Florida

Florida’s most pressing issues revolve around human-environmental interactions, including sustainability, food justice, race relations, industrial development, and tourism. What Sustains Us? Florida Ecosystems in an Era of Rapid Change is a five-day, four-night teacher workshop designed to bring educators together from across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to discuss how climatic variation impacts life in three Florida ecosystems: forests, salt waters, and fresh waters. Through site visits to Cedar Key, Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area, the Austin Cary Forest, and Palatka’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, educators will experience firsthand how Florida history and environmental education can inform the decisions we make about our future. This workshop will use systems thinking (a set of critical-thinking skills to understand complex relationships) and work with Master Teachers in the humanities and sciences to develop Florida state standards-based lessons throughout the workshop.

K-12 teachers, museum and parks educators, librarians, and other educators are welcome from all disciplinary areas. For application materials, please visit the Florida Humanities Council website:

for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities
with additional funding from the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences
, the School
of Forest Resources & Conservation
, and
the Rothman
Endowment of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
at the University of