FLORIDA SPECIFIC PROGRAMS

(All programs are 45 minutes in length unless otherwise indicated.)

SHINE OUT YOUR LIGHT – Concert/Lecture

Travel to the beautiful lighthouses around the state of Florida through highly participatory song and story.  Find out why we have lighthouses, what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper, and where you can go to see and even climb a lighthouse today.  Learn about aids to navigation, weather, and other aspects of maritime life and history. This program was created as a companion to Florida 4th grade cirriculum.

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

DOWN BELOW THE WAVES – Concert/Lecture

Discover what it takes to be an underwater detective on the coast and inland waterways of Florida. Through song and story, learn about traditional sailing, historic ships, and the tools it takes to be an underwater archeologist.  Dive below the waves; describe the artifacts; do the math; understand the science – solve the mystery! This program was created as a companion to Florida 4th grade cirriculum.

Focus Areas: science, math, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

TURTLES AND GATORS AND SPOONBILLS…OH, MY! – Concert/Lecture

Meet Florida marine creatures and find out how and where they live.  Learn about their habits and habitats as they are depicted through song and story.  Even though you are only one person, discover ways to help preserve their homes and their lives.  Be a good steward at home, at school, and right in your own neighborhood. 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

RIVERS – Concert/Lecture

Take a trip around Florida and around the world discovering that, historically, life on the rivers around the world has common threads. People who live along the rivers have special relationships with the water, the boats, and with each other. Families are separated and then reunited through their efforts to earn a living. Goods move along the rivers and eventually to the seas and oceans where people share, not just the goods, but also the music and the stories. 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

LET’S WRITE A FLORIDA SONG! – Workshop (1 Hour)

(Suggested as a companion to any Florida Concert/Lecture)

Learn how to overcome writer's block, how to improvise, how to improve your performance and public speaking skills. In a small group format, write, arrange, rehearse and perform an original work song that can help create awareness about stewardship of our waterways in just 60 minutes! Every participant will get to take home an original Florida song modeled on a traditional sea shanty. 

Focus Areas: language arts/creative writing/communication skills, science, social studies. 

Audience: classroom size group of to 25 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

HOW TO TELL YOUR OWN FLORIDA STORY - Workshop (1.5 hours)

Learn how to share your Florida stories with others. Communicate your unique adventures and discover common experiences that bring us together in our awareness, enjoyment, and caring for the culture and ecology of our state. This program was originally developed for the Lifelong Learning Institute at Northern Illinois University.

Audience: general audiences, special populations such as senior citizens; groups of up to 30 students, grades 6-12, adults.