Sun’s Up, Cover Up!

suns-up-cover-upMay 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 CountyDr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, St. George Island, Franklin CountyFort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, Nassau CountyLittle Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville, Duval CountySebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne, Brevard/Indian River CountyAnastasia State Park, St. Augustine, St. Johns CountyDelnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Collier CountyHoneymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, Pinellas CountyBahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, Monroe CountyBill 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:

To learn more about Florida’s state parks and plan your trip visit

2015 U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Awardees in Florida Announced!!

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:

Come and join statewide EARTH DAY Events!!

earthday2The 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,
click here.

FL children and their families can enjoy a new type of “prescription”!

DOH_logoThe 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: