Education Resources

Lesson Plans

Elementary Grades Lesson Plan
This activity is designed to illustrate: the importance of the St. Johns River, the many different uses of water, active ways of conserving water at home, and the important role that storm drains play in the quality of our water.

Middle Grades Lesson Plan
This case study, “Our River System in Peril” addresses issues and concerns right in our student’s backyard. The lesson and activities are designed to engage students in issues that effect them and develop real-world problem-solving skills. This case study will empower students to take action and promote positive change in the world around them.

Educational Films

My St. Johns River, Our Responsibility

This film is an example of students making a difference on the St. Johns River. It is a compilation of the winners from our 2011 PSA contest as well as elementary students impacting their local community.
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Troubled Waters:

Connections and Consequenses
Despite their importance, Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems such as fertilizer runoff, poorly treated municipal and industrial wastewater, and failing septic tanks. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population we have a potential recipe for disaster. What is happening to the St. Johns River is emblematic of the water quality and supply challenges we are facing throughout Florida, highlighting the significant pollution problems that exist and the impending water crisis that we face.  As a result, Troubled Waters is a call to action for all of Florida’s rivers, lakes, springs, and aquifers
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Green Monster Documentary

The massive toxic algae bloom of the summer of 2005 was a wake-up call for many that our St. Johns River is sick. The algae bloom was a signal to public officials and the community that immediate action must be taken if we are to restore the river’s health. The Green Monster documents this unprecedented event, examining the cause of the algae bloom and the significant impacts of the bloom on our environment, economy, and even our own health. The documentary also educates viewers about what they can do to help protect the St. Johns River.
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Revenge of the River Documentary

Revenge of the River is an educational documentary film project from St. Johns Riverkeeper that raises awareness about the problems facing the St. Johns River and what needs to be done to restore its health. Revenge of the River begins by updating viewers about what has taken place since the massive “Green Monster” algae bloom of 2005. As a result of the Green Monster, awareness and concern within the community are at an all-time high and government officials have drafted a restoration plan for the St. Johns, the St. Johns River Accord. But, have we done enough? Will these efforts result in a clean and healthy St. Johns River?
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Suggested Reading

Over in a River by Marianne Berkes and Jill Dubin

My River by Shari Halpern

The Raft by Jim LaMarche

The Young Naturalist’s Guide to Florida by Peggy Lantz

Trouble on the St. Johns River by Jane Wood

River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River by Bill Belleville

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida

Additional Resources

St. Johns Water Management District Water education activities, STEM Resource Center, & teacher resources

South Florida Water Management District Teacher and student resources

Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative and Curriculum Lesson plans

Florida Geography, History & Culture Lesson plan

Florida Waters – A Resource Manual Guide to the history & ecology

“The Fragile Fringe: A Guide for Teaching About Coastal Wetlands”

University of Central Florida – Stormwater Education Kit Lesson plans

The Living by Water Project Wetland-related educational resources

SJRWMD Water Education Site Games, activities & teacher resources

Splash! SWFWMD Water-conservation education

River of Words Nature exploration & the arts

League of Environmental Educators in Florida

North American Association for Environmental Education

EPA Education Resources Teacher & printable materials

Water Sourcebooks K-12 Fact sheets and activities

Florida’s Springs Teacher and student activities

FDEP Water’s Journey Online expedition through Florida’s waters

Water’s Journey – The River Returns History, ecology & issues

Project Wet Florida-based Water Education for Teachers

Earth Force – Protecting our Watersheds Curriculum & materials

Project Learning Tree Multidisciplinary environmental education

Florida Master Naturalist Program Professional Development

Guana Tolomoto Matanzas Reserve (GTMR) – Environmental Education Center

Pelotes Island Nature Preserve Field trip & group programs

Tree Hill Nature Center Guided tours and programs