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Photos, photos, photos!
photo collageIf you're looking for a great picture - whether it be a beautiful bird or a scientist swimming in Florida Bay, you'll find it here! Take me to the photo gallery....
SOFIA's Kid's Page (from our Virtual Tour)
SOFIA Kids Page The SOFIA Kid's Page is a children's version of our South Florida Virtual Tour. On these pages, kids can:

South Florida Ecosystem History Kid's Corner
When you visit the South Florida Ecosystem History Kids' Corner pages, you will find a place to learn about how our scientists are helping preserve the south Florida Environment. Here you will find trivia games, photos, and a lot of other really interesting stuff! Come and visit! Kid's Corner Logo

Academy of Environmental Science and Technology at Forest Hill High School
Envirothon 2002 website
Come visit our website for Envirothon 2002!
In an effort to empower students to compete in the global market place in the areas of environmental science and technology and to link them to real-world experiences, the Academy of Environmental Science and Technology involves students in a variety of special projects. One of these projects involved designing a project that would help reduce the rate of pet abandonment. The students produced a website, video, brochure, and coloring book. Another project that students are involved in is producing entries for the Palm Beach County Science Fair. The aim of the projects is to introduce the students to the scientific method and to allow them to pursue their interests from a research perspective. The students select a topic, research it, create an experiment, collect results, and analyze the acceptance or dismissal of their hypothesis.

The USGS (in cooperation with the SFWMD) has helped install a state-of-the-art weather station on the Forest Hill campus that will help the students collect meteorological and groundwater data. The students of Forest Hill will be using these data to help forecast weather and will publish their findings in their school newspaper. The SOFIA web site will also be working with the school to help develop a similar site for their project. Read more about the Academy of Environmental Science and Technology at Forest Hill High School!

In addition, the Palm Beach County School Board recognized the USGS for their efforts in working with the students of Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. Read more ...


SOFIA Games!
SOFIA Games Try our new games section!


Ecosystems of south Florida
thumbnail image of OFR 2005-1021Open File Report 2005-1021 highlights ecosystems that are found in south Florida. If you'd like information on scrub communities, coral reefs, and mangroves, check it out...
Summer Fieldwork in Everglades National Park
Summer Fieldwork in Everglades National Park: A Pictorial Overview from a USGS Intern "Summer Fieldwork in Everglades National Park: A Pictorial Overview from a USGS Intern" is a seven minute audio slideshow, narrated by Paul R. Nelson.

Cruising through tidal creeks, sampling mangrove sites, pulling sediment cores, and avoiding swarms of mosquitoes are all in a day's work for scientists conducting studies in the Everglades. Paul Nelson, a USGS geologist/GIS analyst and former intern for ecologist Tom Smith, put together this audio slideshow that describes the experience of conducting fieldwork in the United State's largest subtropical wilderness.

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