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Advanced Environmental Science for high school students is offered at Lake Lotus Park and the Regional Water Reclamation Facility during the academic school year. AP field study is subject to class size and time constraints. Schools Groups with more than 75 students are conducted on a rotation basis using both the water plant and park for complete field study. Groups of 75 or less may choose field study at one or both locations. Environmental Science Modules are designed to meet Florida State AP Environmental Science course study requirements. Please select the fall or spring term on the School Group Reservation Form to reserve a date.

For more information or special request, call (407) 571-8744 or fill out the School Group Reservation Form.

Regional Water Reclamation Facility

Module 1 - Lab
This module is a laboratory-based group activity involving; weighing potassium nitrate and mixing it with deionized water to make a stock standard, diluting the stock standard to make a series of calibration standards, measuring the nitrate concentration using ion-selective electrode methodology and statistical analysis using linear equation and linear regression to include precision and accuracy.

Module 2 - Comparison of Water Quality Parameters
Students will utilize handheld meters and various laboratory testing equipment to perform analyses on different water sources. Analyses include turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, phosphorus, nitrate, chlorine and temperature. They will interpret their results to determine the source and quality of each water sample. Students will use this information to discuss the relationships between parameters, the significance of these parameters in the wastewater treatment process as well as the effects on receiving surface water bodies, including eutrophication. Students will also learn how chemical dosages affect treatment processes.

Module 3 - Chemical Effects on Wastewater
Students are divided into small groups to perform an experiment that demonstrates how chemicals can be used to optimize wastewater treatment processes. Each group is supplied with jar testing equipment and lab supplies to complete the experiment. Students will witness how varying dosages and mixing intensities affect water quality. They will validate empirical data using handheld meters to test turbidity. Once all data is collected, groups will determine chemical dose and mixing intensity.

Lake Lotus Park

Module 1 - Relationships Among Organisms/Life in Aquatic Systems
Students will collect, analyze and document aquatic organisms found in the river and at the lake. Students will measure the levels of various elements in each of the sample waters. Students will discuss the water quality indicated by the organisms found in the river and lake, as well as the observed measurements of various water quality elements. Students will also discuss how aquatic animal diversity and populations are affected by water quality.

Module 2 - Effects of Weather/Process of Science
Students will  observe and document weather conditions at various locations throughout the park. Students will discuss the various plants and animals found in these different micro-climates and the adaptations they incorporate to ensure their continued existence. Students will also utilize the process of science to examine various water samples and determine the water samples’ source. Instructors will then lead a discussion on the Earth’s existing water supplies and existing water consumption and the importance of protecting this vital resource.

Module 3 - Human Impact/Invasive Species
Students will participate in an ecology walk throughout the park. Along the way discussions are held concerning invasive plant and animal species that are encroaching on the native Florida ecology; current solutions and proposed solutions to these concerns are discussed as well. Also covered in this module is the human impact on our natural environment. Students will participate in a scavenger hunt that will emphasize the long-term damage human generated trash imposes on the natural environment. Lastly, the instructors will discuss careers in the natural science fields, including educational requirements, salaries, job duties, etc.