The Procession of the Species celebration has won the support of the SLC Superintendent of Schools and is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and students to blend curriculum, hit important STEAM initiatives, and be directly involved with the local community.
The Procession of the Species celebration blends science, art , math, language arts and even physical education as shown below and is open to all grade levels.
Join the fun on October 14th in downtown Fort Pierce, as part of the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival.
1. Encourages integrated, project-based learning
2. Supports STEAM initiatives
3. Connects students to the natural world, promoting environmental awareness and stewardship
4. Reaches diverse array of learners by approaching science and math through artistic expression
5. Provides partnership opportunities for schools, business, non-profit organization, civic groups and governmental agencies.
Who Can Participate?
Everyone can take part! This is an inclusive event. Classes, clubs, bands, dance troupes, athletic teams...Everyone!
How Does it Work?
1. All preparation is done as part of the school curriculum.
2. Students (either individually or as a group) choose a favorite species, habitat or nature theme.
3. Students research their topic, incorporating reading, writing, public speaking, etc (Science, Geography & Language Arts)
4. Students design and create a costume or prop (sculpture, puppet, etc) to enter into the Procession parade. Whenever possible, please use recyclable or re-purposed materials. (Art, Science & Math)
5. Teacher/Lead submits a Procession of the Species Registration Form. There is NO FEE to participate.
6. Teachers must coordinate with their administrators and parents to obtain all pertinent permission slips/submit required school district forms. ALL participants (or parents/guardians) are required to sign a St Lucie County Release Liability form, available below.
7. Participants check in at the Procession of the Species Booth at the IRL Science Festival on Saturday October 14th and take part in the parade.(Physical Education)
What Are the Rules?
1. No Motorized Vehicles (except ADA vehicles)
2. No live animals (except service animals)
3. No written words or symbols
I Need Help with Costume Ideas!
1. Get "advice from an artist" at upcoming Artist Clinics at the Oxbow Eco-Center. Head over to our Costume Inspiration page for ideas!
2. Need more help? Request a Mentor and be matched with a local artist who will guide you through the artistic process.
3. For great visuals, go to YouTube.com and search for "procession of the species" and enjoy the many videos there.