Ruskin, Florida

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Nature Center

The Nature Center

Interpretive center- Our nature center has a wealth of
information to meet the needs of any environmental focus. 
You’ll find anything from broad-based statistics about 
Florida wetland patterns to specifics on the burrowing habits
of the gopher tortoise. Reference materials are available in a variety 
of forms- books, magazines, displays, and more. You choose between 
an informal inspection of displays or a formal discussion by our 
instructors on a relevant topic.

Educational Programs- Adults

Master Naturalist

The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an 
adult education extension program developed by the 
University of Florida and provided by participating
organizations. FMNP training will benefit persons
interested in learning more about Florida’s environment.

Not registered, but thinking about it?
Contact Dolly.
Highlights of recent class

Florida Master Naturalists- Hillsborough Chapter

Educational Programs- Youth

Educational programs
......"Call now for reservations for the upcoming school year...... For reservations call
(813) 641-8545

Ms. Dolly with classes from Ruskin Elementary
"Field trips provide an
opportunity to involve
students, parents, and
the community in the
instructional program."
from: Elementary School Instructional Field Trip Guidebook (2005), School District of Hillsborough County
For a list of programs
at the Nature Center,
click here.

The Nature Center Education Director is Dolly Cummings. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has taken several professional development courses ranging from Project Learning Tree, Wild, and Wet to graduate courses which include facilitating GLOBE protocols and activities. She is a member of the North American Association of Environmental Educators and League of Environmental Educators of Florida (LEEF) and has more than 10 years experience working with children in non- formal environmental education settings.
All programs offered at the Nature Center have been correlated to the Sunshine State Standards. These are available, along with supplemental and reference materials, upon request. In addition, we also offer a series of FCAT-style questions, related to the particular program that the class has scheduled. Background information is incorporated into these so that a dual purpose is served- preparation and/or reinforcement for the lesson and practice for the FCATs.
Project WILD training is now offered at the Nature Center. Educational materials are provided to educators through practical, interactive workshops. These workshops are useful to teachers as well as Scout leaders, park rangers and home schoolers. If interested in participating in a free workshop, or if you would like to arrange a teacher presentation at your school or a tour, please contact Dolly.
The Nature Center is one of the educational groups operating
at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center.
Be sure to check out the other opportunities at:

Paleo Preserve

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