Imagine Our Florida, Inc. 

 

Is on a Mission to Educate and Empower the people of Florida

to become a voice for our wildlife, advocate for environmental stewardship,

and coexist within our unique ecosystems.

Our purpose is to bring people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida’s wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems. We plan to accomplish this via science-based education and the development of appreciation and respect for the natural world and our place within it.

Using our custom designed lesson plans,  IOF volunteers encourage critical thinking through exploration and discovery.  We make it a fun, hands-on experience while showing people of all ages how to put away their phones and connect with Florida’s wildlife and wild spaces. When folks understand the sentient beings with whom we share our state, they learn to respect rather than fear them. They begin to realize the importance of the land and water we share. Therefore, IOF offers opportunities for beach cleanups and teaches the importance of recycling. For those who want to advocate on behalf of  Florida’s wildlife or natural resources, IOF is prepared to instruct folks of all ages on how to be most effective.  In addition, IOF will soon launch groundbreaking research which will provide a better understanding of human-caused stress in Florida Black Bears and will potentially lead to the proposal of more responsible wildlife management practices.  There are over 21 million Floridians and 113 million annual visitors, all of whom can become voices for our voiceless wildlife. When each of us does our part, no matter how big or small, we can all begin to Imagine Our Florida where we peacefully coexist with our native wild friends.
Connect. Respect. Coexist.

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    Imagine Our Florida, Inc.

    Our purpose is to bring people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida's wildlife, habitat and ecosystem. We plan to accomplish this via science- based education and the development of appreciation and respect for the natural world and our place within it.
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    What a beautiful way to end the day!
    Kids teaching kids (and adults) at Christmas in the Cloud at Amazing Animals.

    Junior Educators, Rowan and Melissa, volunteered to teach people to connect with bears and manatees, to change their fear into respect, and how to ultimately coexist.

    Part of Imagine Our Florida's mission is to teach people how to become advocates for Florida's wildlife and wild spaces.

    These 2 young ladies have become a tremendous voice for all we seek to protect. Thank you, Melissa and Rowan. And thank you, Director Andy Waldo, for being their mentor. <3 <3 <3

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    Celebrate the Holidays at Florida State Parks
    ~Spend time with family and friends at one of Florida's 175 state parks~
    "Happy Holidays from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Park Service! To celebrate the holiday season, Florida State Parks are hosting special programs and holiday-themed events at many of our 175 parks throughout the month of December. Additionally, state parks are open on Christmas Day giving visitors the opportunity to spend some time outdoors.

    Below are some of our featured events. To view our full listing of statewide holiday events, please visit FloridaStateParks.org.
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    --- Winged Sumac ---

    Winged Sumac, Rhus copallinum, is a beautiful native shrub that is found in sandhills, Flatwoods, and dry prairies as well as disturbed areas. Winged Sumac gets its name from its leaves which appear to be pairs of wings lined up on the leaf stem.

    The red-banded hairstreak uses the Winged Sumac as a host plant. Bees and butterflies are attracted to its yellowish-green flowers. Birds such as jays, warblers, crows and more dine on the berries.

    Winged Sumac can be used in home landscapes and is well suited for a background plant in large areas. It generally grows in clumps to about 15 feet but has been known to reach 30 feet.

    In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant red color. A December frost makes this native shrub a stand out in your native garden and in Florida woodlands.

    Photo credit - "Frosted Wings" by Andy Waldo

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    --- Volunteer Opportunities ---

    IOF has 2 events this Saturday. One is at the Umatilla Woodland Christmas from 9am - 4pm. The other is Christmas in the Cloud at Amazing Animals in St Cloud from 3pm-8pm.

    Make it a Happy Holiday for Florida Wildlife. Volunteer with us. It is an incredibly rewarding experience that you won't soon forget. Message us with the time you are available.

    #ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #olunteer #ConnectRespectCoexist
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    IOF has been busy this month!

    Dan, Nancy. Alex and Amanda hosted the Charity Challenge Bingo at Friendly Confines in Altamonte Springs where they raised $$$s to advance IOF's mission.

    Slow Mama was the Star at Northlake Park Elementary's STEM night. Directors Nancy & Dan taught children and their families how to connect, respect and coexist with gopher tortoises and bears.

    Melissa joined us on STEAM Knight at Lake Nona Middle School. Together with Nancy, Dan, and Slow Mama, Melissa showed people how humans are the biggest threat to manatees and gopher tortoises and what we can do to protect them.

    IOF has 2 more events this Saturday. One is at the Umatilla Woodland Christmas from 9am - 4pm. The other is Christmas in the Cloud at Amazing Animals in St Cloud.

    Make it a Happy Holiday for Florida Wildlife. Volunteer with us. It is an incredibly rewarding experience that you won't soon forget. Message us with the time you are available.

    #IOF #ImagineOurFlorida #ConnectRespectCoexist #manatees #bears