DEP South District Partners with the Quality of Life Center to Host Environmental Science Fair

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DEP South District Partners with the Quality of Life Center to Host Environmental Science Fair

~Environmental Science Fair provides campers with hands-on learning experiences~

Quality of Life Center

Various DEP divisions and programs came together to provide educational opportunities.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's South District recently partnered with the Quality of Life Center in Fort Myers to host an Environmental Science Fair at the Center's Summer Camp. 

"The South District enjoys taking part in student environmental and STEM programs year-round, " said Jon Iglehart, DEP South District director. "Our educational program reaches a wide range of students, summer campers, Girls and Boy Scout troops and home school programs, providing an awareness of Florida’s natural resources and the role we play in protecting our environment.”

The event provided hands-on learning experiences in a number of STEM fields. More than 170 campers learned about live aquatic species and habitat identification, how to write underwater to document findings, the importance of mangroves, what to recycle and how a wastewater plant works. Campers also participated in exercises to learn about the anatomy and physiology of various marine animals, such as manatee, dolphin, American alligator and loggerhead turtles.

“Words can't explain how grateful we are to have had an all-day workshop," said Anna Wallace, Quality of Life Center. "The kids had a great time, and we truly believe that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has inspired the youth of the Q to take on another role in education and career opportunities.” 

DEP's South District, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Florida Park Service, Office of Emergency Response and Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve joined forces with the Lee County Solid Waste Division to create this day-long educational outreach event. 

The Quality of Life Center is a non-profit organization located in Fort Myers. The center provides at-risk youth with education to become academically competitive, arts for discipline and resilience, while instilling values which will serve them into adulthood.