“As a 4-H Club Leader to a group of kids ages 9-17 and focused on learning about Florida’s native vertebrates, invertebrates, and plant species for a knowledge/skills test at the Florida 4-H Marine Ecology State Competition, I couldn’t be more pleased at what Mrs. Schendel offered. The kids had a blast at the beach with seining & exploring. They learned about so many species with all they were able to do that day, including the viewing of live manatees. All I had to do was give Mrs. Schendel the list of required species and find a day in which everyone could participate; she took care of the rest. We almost thought we would be rained out, as it sure rained hard for our drive for the first time, since a long drought. Mrs. Schendel didn’t want to accept any monies until she had that opportunity to deliver; she even was devising a plan B to offer us, on the spot, to make our drive worthwhile! It was well worth sticking it out to see if the (unpredictable) Florida weather would clear. Mrs. Schendel kept us well informed of each step, safety protocols, and displayed wonderful professionalism while teaching science to kids in a way that kept them smiling and eager to explore.”
– Chris M.
“When I volunteered with Ecological Classroom Outdoors at the Run for the Trees event, I didn’t realize how excited people were to receive a free Sweet Bay Magnolia tree. It felt good to give them something connected to nature that they will plant, take care of and watch as it grows and brings them enjoyment and benefit to the environment. I also have enjoyed doing nature and biological experiments with water samplings, fish populations and tracking animals paw prints with Ecological Classroom Outdoors. It’s so fun to be learning outdoors and working as a team with other kids. Sometimes we forget about the impact the beautiful things around us have.”
– Victoria H. (8th grader)