Various educational programs are presented at the park throughout the year which bring valuable information to the public about the aquifer, native gardening and animal species, our natural waterways, pollution, Florida History and more. FORS is continually developing new programs to enrich the park’s overall benefit to the community.
Two, invitation-only, educational events are Kindergarten and Fourth Grader Days at the park. Area schools bring the appropriate school-aged children to the park to learn about the animals, waterways and environment. Children who may otherwise never have the opportunity to experience the park firsthand gain an introduction to the park and its resources.
Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) represents a partnership between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and a school district to bring students to Florida parks for hands-on programs. At Rainbow Springs State Park, park staff and the Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) join with Rainbow River Conservation (RRC) to bring fourth grade students from area elementary schools to participate in environmental learning experiences. Sessions feature the Florida Aquifer, Turtles and Tortoises, and a History Hike through the park. The goal is to focus on preserving water quality and the natural habitat of Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River.
Area kindergarten classes also visit the park to learn about fish and animals found in the park and take a hike to explore the park trails. FORS provides funding for buses to bring students to the park.
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