Learn something new about Florida’s environment. Infographics, coloring pages, story maps and other activities invite learners of all ages to explore the land, the waterways and the plants and animals in Florida and beyond! 


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Understanding Blue-Green Algae

View this infographic to learn more about blue-green algae, a type of bacteria that occur frequently in Florida’s freshwater environments. Learn what causes a bloom, potential health effects and where you can report a bloom.


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Understanding Red Tide

Red Tide blooms occurs when elevated concentrations of Karenia brevis are present in the water. View this infographic to learn more about red tide, including potential effects.


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Understanding Sanitary Sewer Overflows

A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) is any overflow, spill, release, discharge or diversion of untreated or partially treated wastewater due to an obstruction, system failure, or capacity exceedance at the wastewater facility or in the contributing collection system. View this infographic to learn how you can help to reduce the overall impact that SSOs have on the environment and local infrastructure.


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Understanding Water Conservation

Water conservation is the most important action you can take to sustain our water supplies, meet future needs and reduce demands on Florida’s water-dependent ecosystems such as springs, rivers, lakes and wetlands. View this infographic to find ways you can save water both inside and out.


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Understanding Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water is highly treated domestic wastewater that can be reused for irrigation and other beneficial purposes to extend our water supplies. View this infographic to learn how reclaimed water is used and how to use reclaimed water responsibly.


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Kid Zone

Learn something new about Florida’s environment! DEP’s coloring pages, story maps and other activities invite learners of all ages to explore the plants and animals in Florida and the habitats that they occupy.

DEP's Kid Zone

After some paddling, the youth stretched their legs on a nearby intertidal mudflat and found crown conchs galore! Crown conchs are a marine gastropod in the genus of sea snails. They have prominent spines on their whorl resembling a crown, giving the snail its common name.


Find creative ways to teach science, math or language arts; connect your students with nature; or learn new outdoor skills with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) educator resources. FWC offers many programs that can enhance your teaching while introducing students to interesting and engaging aspects of fish and wildlife.

FWC's Educator Resources

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What is Eutrophication?

Learn about eutrophication from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Eutrophication is a big word that describes a big problem in the nation's estuaries. Eutrophication occurs when the environment becomes enriched with nutrients, increasing the amount of plant and algae growth to estuaries and coastal waters.

Learn about Eutrophication

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EPA's WaterSense for Kids

Do you know how much water a family of four uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! EPA Water Sense Program LogoYou could take up to 10 baths with that much water, but who would want to do that?

Fortunately, there are many things we can do to save. 

Save Water with WaterSense

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USGS Water Science School

U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science School offers information on many water topics, along with pictures, data, maps and an interactive center. Information is provided for students of all ages. Topics include water basics, water properties, the water cycle, surface water, ground water water quality and water use.

Water Science School