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Wild About Florida

The Future of Hunting in Florida (FHF) has an educational program for children ages 7-14 (grades 3 – 7) that will bring Florida’s wildlife into the classroom. FHF’s “Wild About Florida” inspires an appreciation of the importance of wildlife in Florida and motivates our children to get outdoors - hiking and camping in our state parks, fishing and boating on our lakes and seashores, and observing and hunting wildlife in our state forests and management areas. The program travels to schools, youth conservation centers, youth camps, and other sites where kid-events are occurring to educate the audience on the diversity and abundance of wildlife in Florida and the importance of maintaining healthy and balanced populations of wildlife which depend upon each other for survival. “Wild About Florida!” teaches the importance of man’s role in managing wildlife in an ethical and responsible manner.

Audience sizes range from 50 - 250 children, with the ideal group size approximately 90-100. The program lasts approximately one hour with an additional fifteen minutes for questions and answers. Set-up requires approximately one hour and pack up requires an additional hour. Space required for the program depends upon the audience size but generally works best in an auditorium or gymnasium.

The curriculum for the program is based upon the lessons contained in “Project Wild,” a K-12 curriculum and activity guide developed and published by the Council for Environmental Education and adopted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. An outline of the curriculum and program follows:

1. Wildlife Management Funding - Facts & Figures

  • Who
  • How
  • Why
  • Amount

2. Management Practices

  • Wildlife populations 100 yrs ago -vs- today
  • Sportsman's role
  • Future generations' responsibility
  • Differences in Conservation & Preservation
  • Carrying capacity

3.  Managing/minimizing Conflicts Between People & Wildlife

  • Don’t Feed Wildlife or Pets Outside – Raccoons, Coyotes & Bears
  • Don’t Swim At Night – Alligators, Sharks & Stingrays
  • Don’t Speed in No-Wake/Manatee Zones
  • Don’t Speed in Sturgeon Zones
  • Identify & Avoid Venomous Snakes
  • Avoid bats, baby animals and animals that behave strangely

4. Imperiled/Endangered Species

  • Biggest threat to wildlife
  • Overpopulation impact of man and animal
  • Imperiled/Protected–Endangered and Threatened
  • Threat of Exotics
  • Chronic Wasting Disease

5. Predators & Prey

  • Food web/chain
  • Man's position in web/chain
  • Carnivore/Herbivore/Omnivore
  • Field of Vision and Cyclovergence

6. Wildlife Laws

  • Sportsmanship & Ethics
  • Laws & Licenses
  • 1. Why have
  • 2. Seasons & limits
  • 3. Enforcement

7. Wildlife Identification

  • Habitat
  • Territory range
  • Life spans
  • Camouflage
  • Calls/sounds
  • State symbols

8. Wildlife Opportunities

  • Camping, hiking, bird watching, wildlife observation, hunting, fishing –Where?
  • Local parks and lakes
  • State forests, parks, wildlife management areas and water management district lands
  • National forests, parks and wildlife refuges
  • Programs to Participate - Archery in Schools, Hunter Education and the Youth Hunting Program of Florida, Becoming a Women in the Outdoors, Boating Safety Education, Fishing Clinics, Wings Over Florida and the Junior Birder Program, Youth Conservation Centers

 

Some of the following mounted specimens of Florida wildlife are presented and discussed:

Whitetail Deer Skunk
Coyote Otter
Gopher Tortoise Quail & Dove
Fox Armadillo
Beaver Marsh Rabbit
Wild Boar Woodcock
Fox Squirrel Wood Duck
Gray Squirrel Florida Duck
Racoon Everglades Kite
Bear Panther
Alligator Osceola & Eastern Wild Turkeys
Crocodile Snakes – Diamondback & Pigmy Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouth, Coral and Copperhead, Kingsnake, Garter, Oak/Rat, Coachwhip
Opossum  
Bobcat FISH
  Largemouth Bass, Bream, Speckled Perch, Catfish, Gar
BIRDS OF PREY Speckled Trout, Snook, Dolphin, Tarpon, Redfish, Lobster
Bald Eagle  
Red-Tail Hawk  
Cooper's Hawk  
Great Horned Owl  
Screech Owl  
Barred Owl  



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