Build a Bee Box at the Pollinator Workshop this Weekend


While most people appreciate beautiful flowers and home-grown produce, not many people appreciate the creatures largely responsible for perpetuating them – the insect pollinators. Pollinators are so important that the U.S. Department of the Interior designated June 16-22 as National Pollination Week.

The Seminole County Environmental Studies Center is hosting a pollinator workshop on Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. as part of National Pollination Week. Participants will not only learn about native (and invasive) bees, butterflies, and dragonflies, they will build their own bee box for their yard.

The workshop is provided by the Seminole County Master Gardeners Program and the Native Plant Society.

According to the USDA, bees and other pollinators are responsible for helping produce one out of every three bites of food on U.S. tables. Bee populations are also on the decline, so helping to boost bees may not only benefit your yard, it may benefit local farmers.   (Link: USDA - http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=usdabees)

If you are a gardener, they are very important for pollination of fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers,” said UF IFAS Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener CoordinatorGabbie Milch. “They are very important to our worldwide food supplies.”

Don't miss out on this great workshop! Donation for the workshop is $20, and pre-registration is required. Call 407-665-5558 and leave a message, or email friends@environmentalstudiescenter.org (SCPS Teachers are free)! The Seminole County Environmental Studies Center is at 2985 Osprey Trail in Longwood.

Saturday, June 21
Pre-registration required

Travel Country Outdoors presents check to at the School Board Meeting to Benefit the Seminole County Environmental Center

Travel Country Outdoors Donates a Kayak to Benefit the Seminole County Environmental Center


Presentation of Kayak to raffle winners Gloria, Matt and Aiden Eby, and Big Check to Friends of the Environmental Studies Center for Travel Country's Donation of $4,500 for 2011. Left to right, Vicki Barnes, Pat Burkett, Karen Almond, Amy Givens, Andy Younger, Matt and Aiden Eby, Gloria Eby, Carolyn Milhan holding Otus, and Tammy Potosky. Pictures by Steve Barnes.

Pictures from Left to Right:Andy Younger and Winners, Gloria and Matt Eby and son Aiden,
Kayak Winner Matt Eby holding son Aiden reaching for Otus the Owl held by Environmental Studies Center Teacher Carolyn Milhan. Andy Younger from Travel Country Outdoors looking on,and Karen Almond holding the baby alligator.
2011 Fun Run

Thank you to all the participants in the 5K Fun Run.
The run was a success and that we ran out of numbers at 200!  We will post the final tally when it is available.  Thanks to all the volunteers.
Fun Run Photo Gallery
Lemonade Stand for the Mudwalk

What do a fourth grader and a second grader do when they hear the Environmental Studies Center is in trouble, and they want to try to be sure there is a Mudwalk for them? They raise money and donate it to the cause! These two Lawton Elementary students set up and ran a lemonade stand in their Winter Springs neighborhood this summer. A nearby garage sale brought people to the area. According to mom Renee (left), who watched over the process, people were more
than generous when they learned the girls were earning money to save the Environmental Studies Center.
Sydney and Dani wanted to give the money directly to the Center themselves, so they came in person their last "Free Friday".  They presented the envelope with $65 directly into the hands of Environmental Assistant Carolyn Wertz, while Dannie Quinn and Francie Willow beam in appreciation.
            2011 Fundraising Activities   




Disney's
"EARS to You" Program
Honors
Volunteer Liz Cullen.
    

Liz Cullen, a former assistant also works at Walt Disney World. She volunteered over 100 hours in the community. Disney has an "EARS to You" program to honor those who give to the community as part of their commitment to Corporate Citizenship. As a result, she was awarded $1,000 to give to her favorite charity. She chose us! Here she is presenting the check at the Environmental Studies Center to help us save the Environmental Studies Center.


From left to right: Debbie Harris, Environmental Education Specialist, Tammy Potosky, Treasurer of the Friends of the Environmental Studies Center, Pat Burkett, President of the Friends of the environmental Studies Center, Liz Cullen Disney VoluntEAR, Francie Willow and Carolyn Wertz, Environmental Studies Center assistants. Oh. In the middle is our Florida Black Bear, looking on.


High Schools are Raising Funds to Save the Mudwalk


Highlights from Lake Brantley Fund Raising.
Students donated $5 each for a ticket to the Save the Mudwalk Lunch in the stadium.  800 tickets were sold for lunches donated by Gators Dockside in Apopka. All proceeds will go to the Environmental Studies Center.  They also sold wrist bands for $2. With the band, students could "break the dress code" and wear a hat all day. There was cotton candy to purchase, and at one end of the field, there were two dunking tanks for 6 Lake Brantley Staff members, Including Principal Mary Williams! Yes, that's her in the cage and then in the tank!

May 18th
2011
“SAVE THE MUDWALK” Day
 
 
Thanks to the 7 schools collecting Mud Bucket donations totaling $3,194.64.

SCPS Environmental Studies Center
Home Page to Donate.
Also, if you are able please Donate!!
Any amount will help.


Thank you to the Seminole State College Environmental Club for holding a Book, Bake and Sapling sale for the benefit of the Environmental Studies Center’s Program fund.
SAVE THE MUD WALK!

Please show you want to Save the Mud Walk and donate now!

Environmental Studies Center Student Volunteer receives The Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his work at the Center.  We are very proud of Matt Gerken and thank him for all his support. 

 Thank you to the 245 Volunteers that collected 2881 pounds of Air Potatoes on
Jan 22, 2011

   


2010 Air Potato Raid
Thank you to all the volunteers.
Volunteers collected and removed almost
5 tons (9,480 lbs to be exact)
 of air potatoes from the Spring Hammock Preserve. 
Over 1,000 lbs more than last year! Total volunteers that helped was 1,079!
(Over 400 more volunteers than last year!)


Most collected by an individual:
108 lbs by Kathy Tighe

Most collected by a small group:
197 lbs by the Wise Family
Most collected by a large group:
871 lbs by the students at Full Sail University

Congratulations to three members of the Friends of the Environmental Studies Center, Maggi, Pat, and Peggy.
The team's entry placed 2nd in the 2009 Rachel Carson – Sense of Wonder contest Photo Category. The entry consists of a photo taken by Maggi and a narrative of how the three "Share Environmental Interests Across Generations".  To see all the winning 2009 entries please visit:

http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/2009/index.html



Our Purpose

  • to Save the Seminole Mud Walk
  • to bring back the First Grade programs
  • to keep the Seminole Mud Walk an Experience of a Lifetime, as it has been for hundreds of thousands of Seminole County fifth graders over the last 30 years.

    • We are seeking funds to keep the Center and the programs for the 2011-2012 school year.

Find out more. Explore this site to find out about us, about the problem, about the solution, and —most important—how you can help.

Fifth Grade Seminole Mud Walk Needs Your Help

The Friends of the Environmental Studies Center, a group of concerned citizens, and School officials are working to save the Environmental Studies Center programs. They have started community fundraising events, seeking corporate assistance and looking for individuals who are willing to help bring back the full curriculum for both fifth and first graders county-wide.

A school facility in a public park, The Seminole County Environmental Studies Center is a joint effort of the Seminole County Public Schools and the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners. It is located in Soldiers Creek Park, part of Spring Hammock Nature Preserve, on County Road 419 near Highway 17-92. The trails and picnic areas in the park are open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day. A mile walk or bike ride down the main trail leads to a boardwalk that winds through a swamp to a view of Lake Jesup.


 


How can you help? Click on the “Join a Committee” and “Donate Now” tabs


Visitor Count
 

 Anyone who grew up in Seminole County in the last three decades remembers the fun and the excitement of going to the Seminole County Public School’s Environmental Studies Center to learn about the environment and have an absolutely filthy fun time sloshing through the mud, the highlight of their fifth grade program lovingly known as, “The MudWalk.” First Graders enjoy their own exciting program, with glimpses of what is to come as they see the fifth graders return, laughing and comparing MudWalk stories.