Jan 14, 2013

Mobile Learning Lab Brings Environmental Education to Students

Zephyrhills Brand and Crystal Springs Foundation take water education on the road in Florida

 Zephyrhills Brand Crystal Springs Foundation WaterVentures

Zephyrhills Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is going straight to the source to bring quality environmental education on the road. The spring water brand is teaming up with Crystal Springs Foundation to host the launch of WaterVentures, Florida's Learning Lab — a vehicle that will empower Florida's students to make environmentally conscious decisions through interactive, educational experiences. The launch was celebrated at Crystal Springs Preserve, one of the spring sources for Zephyrhills 100% Natural Spring Water, with 100 fourth-grade students, local influencers and government officials.

More than 50,000 students, parents and teachers engage in hands-on learning science experiences at Crystal Springs Preserve every year. With the launch of WaterVentures, Crystal Springs Foundation and Zephyrhills had the opportunity to reach an additional 100,000 students throughout Florida, significantly expanding their geographic footprint. "We're thrilled to be working with Zephyrhills to inspire critical thinking and empower students to make a difference in the world around them," said Karen Pate, vice president for Crystal Springs Foundation. "The foundation's goal is to educate people about Florida's wetland habitats and creatures, and this mobile learning lab will serve as a tool to engage more youth in an entertaining and dynamic way."

WaterVentures, Florida's Learning Lab, is a traveling science center housed within a customized 53-ft semi-trailer that will tour elementary schools throughout Florida over the next 12 months. The vehicle features several enriching activities that offer a hands-on look at Florida's water and conservation, with interior, museum-quality exhibits on topics including aquifers and the natural filtration of spring water, Florida's hydrogeology and biodiversity, water stewardship and recycling. The lab also features a dynamic staff of trained educators, an outdoor activity center and an AV screen for presentations. All of the exhibits were designed by the experienced teaching team from Crystal Springs Foundation.