Online Virtual Exploration

Provider: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

Contact: Dr. Katherine Clements

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: none

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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LIFE (Learning in Florida’s Environment) in Sarasota County is an environmental science enrichment program, provided by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County and designed for 4th and 5th grade to build knowledge, skills, and stewardship among students in Florida through meaningful field experiences. Some explorations are also appropriate for 3rd and 6th grade. LIFE provides an opportunity for students to act as wildlife biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, marine scientists, horticulturalists, and more with the hopes of making science and scientific careers more accessible.

Currently, we offer a variety of 10-16 minute LIFE Science Short videos aligned to 3rd-6th grade science standards. Each video introduces a topic which is then presented by an expert in their field. 1-2 activities are discussed or demonstrated that easily done at school or home. Teachers receive a handbook that includes links to the videos, a brief description of content and activities, science standards addressed, and links to pre- and post-test assessments. Videos can be watched individually, or grouped together by topic or Big Idea. Opportunities are available for your class to zoom with LIFE coordinator and other experts. Program is free.

Prior to Covid-19, the LIFE program in Sarasota County was a multi-agency effort that brought students out to public conservation lands for science-based environmental education, and reinforcing existing curriculum and Florida standards through hands-on, field labs facilitated by educators, scientists, and land/resource managers. Students participated in 3 field experiences at State and County Parks throughout the year, as research has shown that multiple interactions cement concepts and experiences and are more likely to affect long-term change. Each field experience focused on an unique Florida ecosystem, land management challenges, and choices students can make to decrease human impact on their environment.


Depends on video: SC.2.E.7.1; SC.2.E.7.5; SC.3.P.8.3; SC.3.P.9.1; SC.3.P.10.2; SC.3.P.10.4; SC.3.E.5.2; SC.3.L.14.1; SC.3.L.15.1; SC.3.L.15.2; SC.3.L.17.2; SC.3.N.1.1; SC.3.N.1.6; SC.3.N.1.7; SC.3.N.3.2; SC.3.N.3.3; SC.4.P.8.4; SC.4.P.10.1; SC.4.E.6.3; SC.4.E.6.6; SC.4.L.16.1; SC.4.L.16.4; SC.4.L.17.1; SC.4.L.17.4; SC.4.N.1.1; SC.4.N.1.2; SC.4.N.1.3; SC.4.N.1.4; SC.4.N.1.7; SC.4.N.1.8; SC.5.P.9.1; SC.5.P.10.1; SC.5.P.10.3; SC.5.E.7.2; SC.5.E.7.3; SC.5.E.7.7; SC.5.L.14.2; SC.5.L.15.1; SC.5.L.17.1 ; SC.8.L.18.3

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