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The Hernando County School District collaborates with parents and other community stakeholders to effectively prepare all students for a successful transition into a diverse and changing world.



Allow me to introduce myself. I am Cheryl (McCabe) Paradis, the teacher assigned to Springs Coast Environmental Education Center. As a teacher in Hernando County for 20 years, I have taught a variety of grade levels. At Pine Grove Elementary, I developed a hands-on approach to learning science. In an effort to expand my teaching experience, I worked to become a middle school math teacher as well as a golf and tennis coach. The Environmental Education Center is an incredible opportunity for me to merge my previous teaching experiences and my love for the Florida outdoors to facilitate instruction at this beautiful facility.

I want to offer you the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program for Hernando County students to learn through first hand discovery about the rich resources available to us as Floridians. I am asking you to become an Environmental Volunteer. It would require you to receive an hour long training session and volunteer for a minimum of four days throughout the school year. Volunteers are needed on the nature trail, in the classroom and even on the river in kayaks. This is a perfect opportunity to share your love of the outdoors and nature with our Hernando County students.

Job Descriptions

Thank you for offering to be a part of the volunteer force here at Springs Coast Environmental Center. Students have the rare opportunity to learn by “doing” science not just listening or reading about science. You would like to be a part of this discovery learning process. These are the volunteer jobs available.

Please let me know which job or jobs you would enjoy.

Student Helper: We often have special needs students at the Environmental Center that would benefit from one-on-one helpers. You would be assigned a special needs student. You would accompany them throughout the adventure guiding them and helping them with the tasks assigned.

Group Leader: You would present a lesson to a small group of students. You would guide the group of students as they learn by doing an activity. You would encourage students to try. Your lessons would be 20-30 minutes and you would receive training in that lesson. The classroom teacher would be with your throughout the center time.

Kayak Helper: You would be in the water on a kayak during a student kayak trip. You would help students as they learn to kayak and follow behind the group to insure that students stay together. You need kayak skills to do this job.

Builder: You would design and build environmental study stations for students to use while they visit the Environmental Center. This could include tracking stations, trails, butterfly gardens, and bird houses.

Landscape Helper: You would trim and plant native plants at the Environmental Center as well as design garden areas for student exploration.

Click here to send an email to tell me which jobs you may be interested in.


Last Updated on Wednesday, January 02 2013 13:58

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Springs Coast Environmental Education Center
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Cheryl Paradis
Springs Coast Environmental Center
9170 Cortez Blvd.
Weeki Wachee, FL34607

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