2017 Program


2017 Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates

19-23 June 2017, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

View the video highlighting the 2017 Teaching Florida’s Climates!


2017 Program Materials and Important Information

Daily schedule

Reading packet part 1, Reading packet part 2

Article from NY Times (bonus reading!!)

2017 HSS Program Book_final

Shared Google Doc for collecting ideas during the program

Informed consent (please print, sign, and bring with you on Monday, June 19)

Link to pay for single room up-charge (for credit card payments)

Lesson plan template


Social Media

Break out your thumbs! Our workshop hashtag is #FLClimates

To involve others in the conversation, tag:

Twitter: @TeachingFlorida, @UF_Humanities, and @UFCPET

Instagram: @UFCPET, @UF_CLAS

Other Tags:  #gatorgood  #UFHughManatee  #floridastories  #floridahistory

We also encourage you to follow along with other Florida Humanities Council Teaching Florida workshop activities by joining the Teaching Florida Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/TeachingFlorida/




This 5-day, 4-night interdisciplinary summer workshop will support all educators in developing informed and novel approaches to teach about climate change in both formal and informal educational settings. Through field trips and hands-on activities, we will explore changes to Florida’s waters evidenced in forests, springs, and coastal areas, and discuss how these changes impact future Floridians across the state. This seminar will pair leading scholars and Master Teachers from the humanities and ecological sciences to give educators the tools to observe and analyze environmental change and bring perspectives from culture, history, and ethics to address and adapt to our contemporary challenges.


Program Description:

People in Florida shape their environment, but they are also sensitive to environmental changes. Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates is a unique, interdisciplinary residential educator workshop that tackles the complex issue of climate change by approaching it from multiple disciplines, and by situating contemporary changes in a historical perspective of climatic variations spanning millennia of geological years and thousands of years of human inhabitation of the peninsula. By showing how humans have experienced and responded to environmental changes over this time period, the workshop will emphasize strategize to teach adaptation as a necessary way of life as Floridians. In this way, the workshop connects cutting-edge research in the humanities and ecological sciences to Florida environmental policy issues.

Teaching Florida’s Climates is rooted in the unique history and culture of North Central Florida’s water systems. Through hands-on lesson activities and field trips, we will compare archival and geological climate data, walk through the Austin Cary Forest, dive into Florida’s Poe and Blue Springs, explore Native American and ecological adaptations to sea level rise along the Gulf Coast in Cedar Key Shell Mound, Seahorse Key, and Yankeetown, and enjoy locally-sourced meals. Guided by the lead scholar, teachers will interact with leading faculty across disciplines at the University of Florida such as history, English, archival preservation, geology, religion, forestry, biology, archaeology, and journalism. Together, we will explore contemporary issues in Florida that revolve around human-environment systems, including sustainability, food justice, migration and the changing cultural landscape, industrial development, and tourism.

Along the way, educators will learn a variety of tools to help students understand our changing climate, including systems thinking, science fiction, carbon measurement, ethical inquiry, ecosystem mapping, journalism, and oral history. By encouraging students to examine what they value as Floridians, students will see how climates work on a daily basis in their lives and affect the decisions we must make about our collective future.

This workshop is open to all educators and disciplines, 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. Educators will work in a well-supported and academically stimulating environment with Master Teachers in language arts/social studies and sciences to develop Florida state standards-based lesson planning components throughout the workshop. Documentation for In-Service credits will be provided.

Accommodation* in the UF Reitz Union Hotel, all workshop supplies, and most meals are provided free of charge for this 5-day/4-night seminar. There is a $100 registration fee to participate.

*Shared accommodation will be provided in rooms with two double beds. A limited number of single rooms will be made available upon acceptance for an additional upgrade charge.

Want to know more about the 2017 program? Click here for the Tentative 2017 Agenda.

Want to share an informational flyer with your administrators and/or colleagues? Click here for the 2017 Program Flyer.

This workshop has been made possible in part by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.