“The joy of looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.”
– Albert Einstein
Are you a new resident or someone who hasn't had the time to learn about the region's water resources and how and why they are managed? The South Florida Water Management District offers a wide variety of materials and resources to help you learn more about your role, and your stake in water resource management. Some popular topics include:
Find out about teacher training workshops and materials for elementary, secondary, high school and hands-on college level studies of water resource issues. We have a variety of materials suitable for each group and links to other environmental education resources.
From activity books to DVDs,we have lots of free materials for students of all ages so you can learn about water supply, ecosystem restoration projects and how you can play a part in preserving our shared water resources.
Through our Speakers Bureau, South Florida Water Management District experts can meet with your school, business or community group to talk about water resource issues and answer your questions. You can even volunteer to help us! Our Tour Program attracts local, national and international visitors so we learn what others are doing around the world – and they learn from us.
LILA: An Everglades Living Laboratory
The science behind Everglades restoration is keeping researchers busy at a unique outdoor laboratory: the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment (LILA), located in Boynton Beach, Florida.
LILA is a working, 80-acre model of the Everglades ecosystem on the grounds of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida. This "living laboratory" gives experts an opportunity to research and apply restoration techniques on a small, controlled scale before taking them into the 1.7 million-acre Everglades ecosystem.
The unique facility was built in 2003 as a partnership between the South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Visitors to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge will find LILA located on the birding trail. By visiting LILA, you'll be able to spend a morning watching a wide variety of native wading birds and other wildlife – at the same time scientists are collecting and analyzing data that will ultimately be used to restore Florida's precious Everglades.