Summer programs for high school students and educators focus on Floridians’ relationship with their environment

This June, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training will host two summer programs for high school students and educators about Floridians’ relationship with their environment. Both allow participants to engage with Florida’s environment in dynamic and mindful ways and explore the cultural and ethical dimensions of environmental change.

For rising high school juniors and seniors

In its fourth year, “Humanities and the Sunshine State: Florida’s Water Stories” is a residential humanities summer camp held June 17–23, during which students engage with our state’s pressing water issues from a variety of frameworks. They mix science with the humanities by investigating the culture, history and political issues surrounding Florida’s most precious resource. It is also a great opportunity for students to learn about college life in a fun-filled, safe environment. Learn more.

For formal and informal educators

The educator program, “Teaching Florida’s Climates,” is a five-day workshop held June 25–29, open to all educators, including full-time, certified K-12 public or private school teachers of any subject, media specialists, librarians, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, state college professors, museum educators, National Park Service interpreters and Florida State Park interpreters. Led by professors and master teachers, this workshop helps educators explore the intersection between the ecological sciences and the humanities while discussing strategies for teaching about climate change’s impacts in Florida in politically neutral ways that empower students to be hopeful agents of change. Learn more.

These programs are supported by the Florida Humanities Council through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.