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The Everglades Foundation and Museum of Discovery and Science Unite to Expand Everglades Education in Broward County

Teenage EcoExplorers, increased Everglades Literacy in local  schools and climate change exhibits part of new immersive program

Combining the forces of two of South Florida’s  leading science organizations, The Everglades Foundation and the Museum of Discovery  and Science today announced a partnership designed to educate and empower the next  generation of environmental stewards for America’s Everglades. The new program,  called Everglades EcoExplorers, is also funded by the Children’s Services Council of  Broward County and AECOM. 

The Everglades Foundation, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and  protecting America’s Everglades, and the Museum of Discovery and Science, which serves as  Broward County’s dynamic hub for dialogue and innovation regarding resiliency and community  solutions to the impact of climate change, will launch a comprehensive education and workforce  development initiative designed to expand hands-on Everglades learning in classrooms for K-12  students, in the community and at the Museum for visitors of all ages. 

A new Environmental Sustainability Manager at the Museum will lead the initiative, which is  based on The Everglades Foundation’s award-winning Everglades Literacy Program. Along with  expanding the number of K-8 schools and sites implementing the science-based curriculum, a  new Everglades EcoExplorers program, through working with Broward County Public Schools, will recruit 25 high school students to take active roles in educating students and the general  public regarding Everglades restoration and protection. 

The Everglades Foundation’s research will be integrated into immersive exhibits, lectures and  outreach programs to inspire dialogue and innovative thinking among Museum visitors and  program participants, particularly around climate change issues and how to create a more 

resilient community. As a carbon bank, the Everglades is a vital tool to combat climate change.  It also is the source of fresh water for nine million Floridians. 

“Every Florida child should grow up understanding the importance of America’s Everglades and  feeling connected to the three million-acre, one-of-a-kind ecosystem in our backyard,” said  Jennifer Diaz, director of Education for The Everglades Foundation. “Our future depends on an  Everglades-literate citizenry empowered to make well-informed decisions. This partnership is a  giant step in ensuring that happens here in South Florida.” 

“As a center for science and resiliency, it is MODS’ essential responsibility to immerse students  in impactful conversations and experiences while exposing them to careers for the future of our  community,” said Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of the Museum of Discovery and Science.  “Partnering with The Everglades Foundation will help move the dialogue forward and inspire  

students to action. Exposure to environmental education helps fuel workforce development in  South Florida.” 

The Everglades Foundation’s Everglades Literacy Program is the only education program that  utilizes an integrated approach to Everglades K-12 learning to ensure future generations of  Floridians understand the ecological and economic value of protecting America’s Everglades.  Welcoming 400,000 visitors annually, the Museum of Discovery and Science serves as the  official interpretive site of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, dedicated to  restoring the Everglades ecosystem through the education of South Florida’s residents and  visitors. 

 

About The Everglades Foundation  

The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater  Everglades ecosystem through science, advocacy, and education. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local  outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a widely respected and important advocate for the sustainability of  one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. For more information about The Everglades Foundation, please visit EvergladesFoundation.org.  

 

About the Museum of Discovery and Science 

Founded in 1976 as the Discovery Center, today the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is at the forefront of  science education, innovation and exploration. In addition to daily hours, MODS is currently offering virtual and offsite  programming, which allows us to continue connecting people around the globe to inspiring science – whether at home  or in virtual classrooms. The Museum showcases more than 300 interactive exhibits, immersive films, experiential  

programs and an aviation-themed Makerspace. MODS currently offers virtual and offsite programs including  boredom-busting experiences for children, families and adults – whether at home or in virtual classrooms. Families  can enjoy super science shows and demonstrations, wild Creature Feature animal encounters, awesome avatar tours  and private experiences, mind-blowing Makerspace labs, cool camps, unforgettable birthday parties, engaging field  trips and STEM curricula, professional development workshops for educators, distinguished speakers, and more. 

The Museum celebrates diversity and welcomes visitors from all walks of life. The Museum hours are Monday  through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. MODS is located downtown at 401 SW Second  Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, please visit MODS.org or call  954.467.MODS (6637).