May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is launching a new sun safety project called Sun’s Up, Cover Up targeting visitors to Florida’s beautiful state parks. As part of the Sun’s Up, Cover Up pilot project, Park Rangers across the state have received training about the dangers of too much sun exposure and how to incorporate sun safe practices. Visitors entering one of the 10 participating state parks will receive: sunscreen, lip balm and a window cling for their car with tips about how to stay safe in the sun. Participating parks include:
St. Andrews State Park, Panama City, Bay County – Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, St. George Island, Franklin County – Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County – Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville, Duval County – Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne, Brevard/Indian River County – Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, St. Johns County – Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Collier County – Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, Pinellas County – Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, Monroe County – Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade County
To learn more about the project and tips for staying safe in the sun visit: www.floridahealth.gov/sunsup
To learn more about Florida’s state parks and plan your trip visit www.floridastateparks.org
On May 1st, the Commissioner of Education’s office sent out a letter to all Florida Superintendents informing them of the statewide Florida Green School Awards program’s new direction. The letter can be accessed HERE and more information about the 2014-2015 green recognition can be found HERE.
Today the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees. We are pleased to inform that the three Florida schools nominated are among the 58 schools and 14 districts nationwide that were honored for their exemplary efforts this year. Congratulations:
- Manatee Elementary School, Viera,
- Pine View School for the Gifted, Osprey
- Odyssey Charter School, Palm Bay
A full list of awardees can be accessed here: http://www.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with organizations statewide to host state park cleanups, educational workshops and celebratory festivals. All Florida residents and visitors across the state are invited to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22 and to join numerous events throughout the week of April 18-26.
For a complete list of DEP-affiliated Earth Day events throughout to the state,
The Nature Play “Prescription” Program was proudly launched by the
Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
and Get Outdoors Florida in 2014, this year the program is expanding! The program was designed to increase healthy activity for children and their families through access to Florida’s award winning state parks.
As part of the program, healthcare professional’s give out “prescriptions” that offer children and their families free one-time entry into a state park. This year 25,000 “prescriptions” will be distributed across 51 counties, so next time you visit your Dr. don’t forget to ask for a Nature Play Prescription! For more information on this program, visit: http://www.healthiestweightflorida.com/