Join Bill and Merilee Clifton for an exciting adventure, exploring Central Florida’s wildlife habitats. With a boating tour in the morning and visit to Lyonia Environmental Center in the afternoon, this will be a fun day of learning and adventure!
Join us as we explore Central Florida Habitats, observing plants and animals that were specifically designed to live in them. Our day begins at Blue Spring State Park (Orange City), home to several habitats including hammock, marsh, swamp, flatwoods, and sand pine scrub. We will cruise the St. Johns River aboard a hands-on, floating science laboratory! We’ll test the river water for temperature, salinity, and turbidity. We’ll dip, collect, and identify marine specimens. And, we’ll enjoy our captain’s narrated introduction to the wildlife and vegetation of this fragile ecosystem. We’ll keep a look out for manatees, alligators, otters, snakes, deer, turtles, birds, and more.
Students will have the opportunity to earn a Jr. Birding Certificate in the “Wings over Florida” program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. After our cruise, we’ll hike the boardwalk through the lush hammock along Blue Spring Run as we look for endangered manatees near the head of the springs. Back at the picnic pavilion, Mr. Clifton will teach us about manatees from a creationist perspective and show us a manatee skull and rib. Then, we’re off to Lyonia Preserve in Deltona where we will take a short hike into a scrub habitat looking for one of Florida’s most threatened birds, the Florida scrub jay. We’ll learn about plants and animals created for the scrub habitat and contrast them with plants and animals of other habitats. We’ll also visit Lyonia Environmental Center and learn much from its educational displays and exhibits.
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Bill Clifton, a former evolutionist, has a passion for God’s creation! His desire is to share his knowledge of science and the Bible to help others understand our incredible Creator and His handiwork. For over 30 years, Bill has taught various science, Bible, and creation classes for public, Christian, and home schools. He was head of SeaWorld Orlando’s Education Department and served as Minister of Education in a local church before he and his wife Merilee founded Science Partners in 2000. They offer creation-based science classes for homeschoolers; lead Creation Adventures (field trips and workshops) for homeschool families, Christian schools, and churches; and Bill is a creation speaker and ordained minister.
Ministry: Science Partners