Pure Florida has launched Pure Education, a division that focuses on programming and outreach in order to teach students of all ages about the natural Southwest Florida environment in hopes of inspiring preservation efforts and future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which incorporates coordinated life science curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade students. Marine Science Field Trips are also offered to individuals, families and organizations. Pure Education’s Marine Science Field Trips are currently available at Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location, with future plans underway for its Naples location.
Marine Science Field Trip options include approximately 1.5-hour and 2-hour educational cruises. The cruises will sail out to the Caloosahatchee River, where children will work in groups to test local waterways for water temperature, salinity levels, pH, nitrate, ammonia and phosphate levels, and complete other related activities. The cruise will showcase Southwest Florida ecosystems and the wildlife native to the area, and students will learn about healthy estuaries, the history of the Caloosahatchee River and healthy practices for clean water preservation. The 2-hour education cruise experience can also include engineering challenges, such as “Float Your Boat” and “Submersibles” for students to participate in. Schools and groups can choose to have a Pure Florida educator visit the classroom in advance of the field trip. The Sea to Land Science in the Classroom experience allows students to participate in science experiments to review the scientific method and best practices in advance of the cruise so that students are excited and prepared for the field trip.
Pure Florida has recently brought on two new team members, Merry Coffman as director of educational programming and outside sales Lee County and Marina Hurt as education coordinator, to share their experience with educational programming. Coffman has been involved in the Regional Science Fair Steering committee, STEM Tour of SWFL, the STEM Team of SWFL and has experience developing science and engineering programming. Hurt is an environmental science graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University who has expansive experience working with children. These members have prepared unique programming that will engage Pre-K through 6th grade students and anticipates program expansion each year.
“Pure Florida is passionate about education and is excited to launch this new program,” Coffman said. “Pure Florida is positioned well with two locations, a great team and excellent programming, to offer students, individuals and organizations such as homeschool groups and Scouts throughout the region an amazing experience on the water learning about our natural Southwest Florida environment.”
Registration for the Marine Science Field Trips is $15 per child and $15 per adult chaperones. Free admission is offered for teachers. Groups are encouraged to bring lunch or select Pure Florida’s preferred vendor, Jason’s Deli, to cater their meals. Advanced registration is required for all Marine Science Field Trips. Call 239-793-7529for more information or to book your field trip today.
About Pure Florida
In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Naples and Fort Myers, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services.
For over three years, the Julian family has invested financially and professionally to support the funding and completion of the Paradise Reef project. In order to raise awareness of the project, Pure Image Productions has produced a one-hour documentary film, ‘Paradise Reef: The World Is Watching,’ which showcases the beautiful waters of Southwest Florida, explores the history of Collier County’s coastal waters and reveals the ongoing strife for balance and maintenance between a growing population and Southwest Florida’s natural, sensitive environment. The film has greatly assisted in raising funds and has served as a valuable tool for educating the public on the importance of this project and the benefits to Collier County, the ecosystem and the economy.
With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Naples location at 239-494-5595 or its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965.