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Exciting New Educational Programs Under Development

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We are in the process of developing new and exciting educational materials directed at meeting state standards and providing interactive opportunities to learn. 

If you would like to assist in developing some of these tools, either as an instructor or to complete a fellowship or Master's program, we would like to partner with you. Please feel free to contact Bonnie Barnes, Executive Director, bonnie@TurtlesFlyToo.org, 904-463-0513 for more information. 

 

Proposed Educational Programs

Turtles Fly Two has established priority programming needs below that require funding within the five-year plan. Budgets are approximate and depend on successful fundraising or grant writing efforts. We are focusing on recruiting major corporations to co-design custom marketing branding relationships or seek underwriting by foundation(s) to fund these programming needs.

 

Necropsy Education Programs

TF2 has successfully partnered with two higher learning institutions to provide “necropsy” educational opportunities as specimens were not previously available. Through our relationship with NOAA, we have the ability to provide recently deceased endangered species that we can transport for future and continuing necropsy education opportunities.

A proposed improvement to the necropsy program is to have specimens converted using a process called “Plastination,” a technique used to preserve body parts. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample, that allows students to simulate dissection of an entire turtle. The value of using a model turtle is that, when teaching this program, there may be times when an actual specimen may not be available. This process will require an investment of approximately $20,000 to fund, not included in the budget below. We will consider if TF2 can secure a sponsor or foundation to fund this addition to the Necropsy Education Program.

 

School Education Program in a Box

Schools provide the building blocks for future marine biologists and nature enthusiasts. When we enlighten, educate, and excite our youth by providing unique hands-on educational programs, we increase interest in our natural environment. We would like to build 20 to 30 education program boxes that can be checked out by schools, complete with activities, educational materials, touch items, and an instructor curriculum guide, specific to elementary, middle, and senior high school level students, that meet State Education Standards. These would be available for check-out and shipped to the schools as requested. We plan to enlist college students to assist in the design of the kits and hope to have a minimum of two different kits available.

 

Traveling STEM Educational Display for Aquariums, Museums, and Public Displays

Education is the key to conserving endangered species for individuals of all ages. A major production, interactive traveling exhibit provides increased recognition for TF2 and its sponsoring partner while educating the public and allowing us to recruit new aviators and volunteers.

TF2 desires to create a traveling educational display to educate on the conservation of endangered species. The exhibit’s focus would be on STEM, highlighting how science and technology have come together to make all of the work that we do possible and would include interactive and touch-type displays to make the exhibit more appealing to audiences of all ages. This traveling exhibit will require extensive efforts to conceptualize, design, build, and prepare the packaging for safe shipping. In addition, the exhibit will require a full promotional campaign to promote availability to aquariums, museums, schools, and communities, and ongoing work will include management of scheduling, billing, and preparing shipping schedules, which will require additional resources.

Additional future traveling displays will be considered depending on the popularity and utilization schedule of the original design and would incorporate improvements and enhancements as each new exhibit is built.

 

Documentary series by Kent State for PBS airing

TF2 has been approached by Gordon J. Murray, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Journalism/Digital Sciences at Kent State University for consideration of producing a video documentary on the work of Turtles Fly Too. In addition, he would like to assist in organizing a course or workshop at Kent State that would fund a fellowship allowing students to focus on projects like the work we do. We would assist in applying for grant funding to underwrite the documentary series and Dr. Murray would handle the promotion and distribution.

 

Expansion into foreign countries to educate on conservation measures and recruit

TF2 recognizes that conservation ethics begin at home, yet we have countries that do not recognize the value of protecting their endangered species. It is our desire to develop a curriculum in native languages and travel to countries that are willing to partner with us to provide educational programming on sea turtles and other endangered species. We would like to add this programming by year four within our business plan, with at least 2-3 public speaking/training trips planned per year.