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The Academy of Senior Professionals

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Plant Trail Tour

Faculty member Dr. Teresa Restom Gaskill proposed the creation of a "Plant Trail" walking tour, so visitors to Eckerd could enjoy walking the campus and appreciating the wide variety of plant life that grows at Eckerd. The guide would also assist in educating school children about our Florida natural environment. In 2010 a pamphlet was produced with the support of the SunTrust grant. In 2011 Academy members have worked with Dr. Restom Gaskill to turn the "Plant Trail" into an interactive catalog that brings the plants to life online! Download the Plant Trail as a pdf.

Melrose School Students Visit the 'Plant Trail'  

Eckerd College recently hosted a visit by Melrose School 4th and 5th graders for a day devoted to botony.

The Students walked Eckerd's 'Plant Trail' with Professor Teresa Restom Gaskill and toured the College's food garden, with Professor Kip Curtis. The students were excited to see and learn about plant life in a natural setting, and explore the differences between plant and animal cells under a microscope.

The students enjoyed Watermelon snacks, under the new GO Pavilion on the campus, and a good day was had by all! Professor Teresa Restom Gaskill was assisted by Eckerd students Rachel Chamberlin, Stephanie Leeper, and Nicola Zenzola. The visit was captured by Academy member and photographer Eugene Norris, view photos from the visit.