31 Mar 2017

Nature is Our Best Teacher: Florida’s Learning Lab + A Visit to Crystal Springs with Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water

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Nature will always be our best teacher! This is a sponsored conversation written by me and sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. All opinions are my own!

Crystal Springs Florida

 

I love finding places where my kids and I can learn about the world around them. We love exploring Florida and all the diverse ecosystems that our right in our backyard. A friend of mine had told me about a field trip her son’s class had to Crystal Springs Preserve and I had to check it out for myself! I love finding new road schooling destinations that I can share with others too! Thanks to Karen Pate, Vice President of Crystal Springs Preserve and Kent Koptiuch, Zephyrhills Brand Natural Resource Manager for the amazing tour of Crystal Springs Preserve. We will most definitely be back soon!

Venture off the beaten path about 40 miles north of Tampa and you’ll stumble upon nature’s paradise. A REAL Florida living learning lab, that will make you want to learn more about how to protect this Earth, especially the water that flows from it. This 530-acre sanctuary is devoted to environmental education and dedication and to the preservation of Florida’s natural environment. It’s simply stunning. Quiet. Peaceful. Tranquil. Real Florida as it was long ago.

Crystal Springs Florida

 

Crystal Springs Florida

Crystal Springs, a second-magnitude spring system, discharges 30 million gallons of water per day. This land is now managed by the Crystal Springs Foundation. Zephyrhills® is committed to managing their local Florida springs for sustainability today and for years to come. It has called Florida home for 50-plus years and today sources it water from five springs across the state, Crystal Springs being one of them, with over 95% being distributed in Florida.

Crystal Springs Florida

Through their wildlife viewing opportunities, miles of wooded trails, river boardwalks, unique nature center, wilderness pavilion and extensive butterfly gardens, visitors are immersed in enriching experiences which enable them to make environmentally conscious decisions as they grow into the future. They have programs that offer challenging, hands-on, directed learning opportunities for groups of all ages.

Even if you are unable to visit, Zephyrhills® has a program which will bring all of this to you, partnering with WaterVentures since its inception in 2013.

WaterVentures Florida

 

WaterVentures

The WaterVentures program is nothing short of amazing. It brings the living laboratory to you. Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and WaterVentures Florida’s Mobile Learning Lab announced at the Florida State Fair on February 9 that WaterVentures has reached a milestone of educating over one million people throughout Florida since it first hit the road in 2013.

WaterVentures

 

The WaterVentures Learning Lab is a traveling science center. This amazing vehicle is a 53 foot semi-trailer which has been customized to provide a platform for educational outreach programs. The truck travels across Florida visiting schools, communities, and events. A dynamic staff of trained educators travel with the truck to schools, fairs and communities across Florida! Through this program, Zephyrhills® and WaterVentures are committed to fostering the next generation of water stewards and inspiring appreciation, understanding and respect for Florida’s water resources.

WaterVentures

 

Funding from Zephyrhills® Brand helps enable WaterVentures to visit schools, fairs, and community events, raising awareness of the role water plays in Floridians lives and empowering them to make environmentally conscious decisions. To date they have completed 449 school visits, 80 community events, and 120 summer programs.

Crystal Springs Florida

After visiting Crystal Springs, I’m so excited to bring my kids out to volunteer and learn from this amazing facility! It’s easy to book a field trip, a WaterVentures visit to YOUR school, or even a virtual classroom where the wonder of this beautiful place can come to you anywhere in the world. Visit http://www.waterventures.us/ to learn more about WaterVentures and inquire about it coming to a school or community event near you.

A few tips for a visit to Crystal Springs Preserve:

  • Go to to get more information about visiting the Crystal Springs Foundation website.
  • There are no opportunities to just wander the property. You must have a member of the Crystal Springs Preserve staff accompany you on your site visit.
  • It’s a great Girl Scout or Boy Scout field trip.
  • Many scouts have partnered with the Crystal Springs Foundation for their higher level badge projects.
  • Kids can earn volunteer hours at Crystal Springs by helping maintain the land. (Great for Junior National Honor Society volunteer hours and 2nd grade and up is welcome!)
  • Younger children will also get a lot out of a field trip here too!
  • There is a no waste policy. What you bring you must take home.
  • Just go. You will not regret it.

Crystal Springs Florida

 

Make sure to follow Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and WaterVentures on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up with the amazing work they do! Never stop learning and always teach the next generation to be conscious of every decision they make. And let me know if you make it out there! I will definitely be visiting with my kids this summer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me and sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water.

Nature will always be our best teacher! Find out more about WaterVentures Lab – Free Science Field Trip that comes to you. This is a sponsored conversation written by me and sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. All opinions are my own!

Venture off the beaten path about 40 miles north of Tampa and you’ll stumble upon natures paradise. A REAL Florida living learning lab, that will make you want to learn more about how to protect this Earth, especially the water that flows from it. This 530-acre sanctuary is devoted to environmental education and dedication and to the preservation of Florida’s natural environment. It’s simply stunning. Quiet. Peaceful. Tranquil. Real Florida as it was long ago. Zephyrhills® has called Florida home for 50-plus years and today sources their water from five springs across the state, with over 95% being distributed in Florida.

Crystal Springs, a second-magnitude spring system, discharges 30 million gallons of water per day. This land is now managed by the Crystal Springs Foundation. They have programs that offer challenging, hands-on, directed learning opportunities for groups of all ages.

Through their wildlife viewing opportunities, miles of wooded trails, river boardwalks, unique nature center, wilderness pavilion and extensive butterfly gardens, visitors are immersed in enriching experiences which enable them to make environmentally conscious decisions as they grow into the future.

Even if you are unable to visit, they have programs which will bring all of this to you. Zephyrhills® is committed to managing their local Florida springs for sustainability today and for years to come, which is why they have partnered with WaterVentures since its inception in 2013.

WaterVentures

The WaterVentures program is nothing short of amazing. It brings the living laboratory to you. Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and WaterVentures Florida’s Mobile Learning Lab announced at the Florida State Fair on February 9 that WaterVentures has reached a milestone of educating over one million people throughout Florida since it first hit the road in 2013.

The WaterVentures Learning Lab is a traveling science center. This amazing vehicle is a 53 foot semi-trailer which has been customized to provide a platform for educational outreach programs. The truck travels across Florida visiting schools, communities, and events. A dynamic staff of trained educators travel with the truck to schools, fairs and communities across Florida! There will be no self-guided tours. Zephyrhills® and WaterVentures are committed to fostering the next generation of water stewards and inspiring appreciation, understanding and respect for Florida’s water resources.

Funding from Zephyrhills® Brand helps enable WaterVentures to visit schools, fairs, and community events, raising awareness of the role water plays in Floridians lives and empowering them to make environmentally conscious decisions. To date they have completed 449 school visits, 80 community events, and 120 summer programs.

After visiting Crystal Springs, I’m so excited to bring my kids out to volunteer and learn from this amazing facility! It’s easy to book a field trip, a WaterVentures visit to YOUR school, or even a virtual classroom where the wonder of this beautiful place can come to you anywhere in the world. Visit http://www.waterventures.us/ to learn more about WaterVentures and inquire about it coming to a school or community event near you.

A few tips:

  • Book field trips with groups of 15 or more. Have a group of less. Contact them through the website and they will assist you with your visit.
  • Visit CrystalSpringsFoundation.org to book your visit to Crystal Springs.
  • There are no opprtunities to just wander the property. You must have an instructionalized visit or volunteer visit scheduled.
  • You can snorkle and kayak in the Springs.
  • It’s a great Girl Scout or Boy Scout field trip.
  • Many scouts have partnered with the Crystal Springs Foundation for their higher level badge projects.
  • Kids can earn volunteer hours at Crystal Springs by helping maintain the land. (Great for Junior National Honor Society volunteer hours and 2nd grade and up is welcome!)
  • Younger children will also get alot out of a field trip here too!
  • There is a no waste policy. What you bring you must take home.
  • Just go. You will not regret it.

Make sure to follow Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and WaterVentures on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up with the amazing work they do! Never stop learning and always teach the next generation to be concious of every decision they make. And let me know if you make it out there! I will definitley be visiting with my kids this summer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me and sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water.







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Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her on Twitter @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay and things to do with kids, Florida family travel, travel adventures and tips or her secret parenting tips for staying alive while wrangling 4 kids. She has a "official" business background in marketing + PR + events, but now plays daily with social media strategy, brand development and digital media. Days are long. Life is short.
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