Everglades Literacy Conceptual Framework

The Everglades Literacy Conceptual Framework and Everglades Literacy Teacher Toolkit were developed by scientists and educators to provide an educational conceptual framework for the Everglades. The Framework defines what being “Everglades literate” means. These concepts, if understood and applied, help individuals make informed decisions about the Everglades.

The Everglades Literacy Teacher Toolkit follows this blueprint, providing the skills and tools necessary to act to protect this threatened ecosystem which provides the daily water supply for nearly 8 million Floridians, contributes billions of dollars to Florida’s economy, and provides recreational and educational opportunities for millions of visitors from all over the world.

This guide promotes greater Everglades literacy by providing an educational framework of principles and seven fundamental concepts about the Everglades that all students, and all Floridians, should understand. In fact, every child who attends school in Florida should achieve Everglades literacy. These fundamental concepts are:

  • The Everglades is unique and valuable.
  • The Everglades is defined and connected by water.
  • The Everglades is shaped by southern Florida’s geology and geography.
  • The Everglades influences and is influenced by weather and climate.
  • The Everglades supports and is connected by a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
  • The Everglades has experienced many changes over time and is endangered.
  • The Everglades and people are inextricably interconnected.

Download the Everglades Literacy Conceptual Framework.