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July 2018

Meet the NCI Florida Staff

Our new NCI Florida sites are now booking for Spring 2019. Britta and Austin Wood are busy preparing both sites for students. NCI Brooksville offers a wetlands experience and NCI Parrish is our new marine site; both sites are conveniently located in central Florida.

Britta Wood

Britta is the Education Director for NCI Florida. She has been in the environmental education field since graduating with a bachelors degree in Environmental Sustainability in 2010. Her passion for the outdoors and education has led her to teaching jobs all over the world. She has been the Education Director for NCI’s Texas and California sites over the past 4 years and is thrilled to be a part of launching Florida. Britta is excited to build a unique, educational, adventurous experience for our new Florida schools.

Austin Wood

Austin is the Outreach Director for NCI Florida. He has extensive experience in outreach and marketing and is excited to help launch our two new Florida sites. He has been an educator with NCI for 2 years in both Texas and California so he knows our program inside out. Austin was born in England (so excuse his English spelt words). His passion for everything NCI shines through and he is focused on reaching as many students as possible. He is always excited to connect with new schools and build relationships, there is never a bad time to get in touch with him. He will be a new schools first point of contact with NCI Brooksville and Parrish.

Tooling Around

Students will work with a variety of farm and garden tools. They will learn the proper function of each tool through use and comparison. At the end of the lesson, they will oil, sharpen, and otherwise maintain the tools.
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Summer Walk and Talk

Research shows that kids are sometimes more comfortable connecting when they’re engaged in activities with you, like coloring, or cooking, or exercising. There’s something about being together side by side that helps get the ball rolling on good conversation. Do you know what you want to talk about when you have those golden moments with your kids? Have you practiced ways to bring up topics of importance with them when you can sense they are receptive?

Empathize Better with Children

Talking about emotions helps children learn about their own and other people’s internal experiences. Wrapping big, messy emotions up in words makes them seem more understandable and therefore more manageable. Also, when children don’t feel heard, they tend to get louder.

Scientists Accidentally Make Super-Efficient Plastic-Eating Enzyme

Whereas oceans take centuries to break down PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used in soft drink bottles, a mutant enzyme takes only a few hours to accomplish the same task—and scientists think they’ve inadvertently made the process more efficient in the lab. Their finding could pave the way toward solutions to global pollution problems that plague our seas and suffocate wildlife.

Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

There is an emerging body of research that indicates that mindfulness can help our children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.

NCI - New Ulm TX

Nestled in South Central Texas among the wooded rolling countryside, sits our new NCI site in New Ulm, TX. From the new dorm rooms, to the lake and large outdoor activity spaces, your students will experience the ideal combination of beauty and charm. Situated on over 200 acres, students will experience how nature, people and the environment are in tune with one another.
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