Confronting the Environmental Crisis: An Ethical Problem

This six-day residential workshop focuses on raising educators’ awareness of the critical role that the arts, communication, and culture play in engaging with environmental issues, while equipping teachers with tools that can be used to explore these issues in classrooms across the disciplines.

Our program will deepen educators’ knowledge of Florida’s environmental issues and allow them to explore multiple modes of learning, from field trips, to creative expression, to scenario games, to classroom discussions and activities.

The workshop will also include multiple opportunities for participants to share favorite resources and teaching techniques, as well as to discuss common concerns, all toward the larger goal of giving educators in all fields more confidence in teaching humanities-based materials and confronting environmental issues in their classrooms.

Our workshop will be based in St. Petersburg, FL at Eckerd College’s 188-acre waterfront campus, the perfect laboratory for our studies.

The workshop will begin mid-afternoon Sunday, June 24 and end by 12 noon on Friday, June 29.

Field trips include:

  • A kayak trip through Clam Bayou, Pinellas County’s largest remaining estuary
  • Beachcombing at historic Fort De Soto
  • A visit to two urban freshwater spring restoration sites, including Tampa’s Water Works Park and the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center
  • A tour of a working wastewater treatment plant
  • Classroom sessions on climate change and its projected impact on Florida’s coastal ecosystems, environmental literature for children and young adults, and environmental ethics
June 24-29, 2018

Note: Participants may not join late or leave early

Application deadline
Noon on April 20, 2018
Florida Humanities Council

This workshop has been made possible in part by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Get Ready to Apply

Before continuing with your application we want to make sure you’ve read our Get Ready to Apply section that offers applicants important information related to our workshops.

Program Description

A tentative agenda for this program, including daily session descriptions is available.

Staff and Scholars

Cheryl Chase Gold is Associate Dean of Continuing Education at Eckerd College. Ms. Gold has been developing and administering continuing education programs for middle school and high school students as well as Road Scholar/Elderhostel (a program for adult learners) for almost 40 years. In addition, as Director of Florida Elderhostel, Ms. Gold was responsible for the creation and oversight of Elderhostel programs at 15 colleges, universities and educational non-profit organizations throughout the state.

Along with Ms. Gold, her staff in Continuing Education lends support to the program. Carolyn Defreitas is the Registration Coordinator and Joan Karins is the financial manager.

Drs. Amanda Hagood (Assistant Dean of Faculty of Academic Special Programs) and Daniel Spoth (Assistant Professor of Literature) will serve as lead scholars for this workshop. Both specialize in the field of environmental humanities, an area germane to the program’s theme.

Location and Accommodations


Accommodations will be based on the Eckerd College Campus, St. Petersburg, FL

Participants will be housed at the Continuing Education Center Lodge. The motel style housing provides shared accommodations with one other person of the same gender. Free internet-service, private bathrooms and basic motel amenities provided. Participants wanting to share a room with another specific teacher may make that request two weeks in advance of the workshop start date through Carolyn Defreitas, who can be reached at

All meals will be served in the college dining hall.

Accessibility and Special Accommodations

Participants in this workshop should be able to negotiate uneven surfaces and varied natural terrain. Participants should be able to tolerate varying temperatures, wind, rain, outdoor activities, and outdoor excursions of up to four hours in duration.

Parts of the tours may not be accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. We will be visiting sites that are significant to the telling of this story/the history of the area but may not currently be ADA accessible.

In-service/professional Development Credit

There is no assignment or lesson plan required for this workshop. Upon successful completion of the workshop, the participant will receive a certificate for a recommended 12 in-service credits.

Please note that acceptance of these points may vary from district to district. We recommend that you talk to your professional development coordinator in advance of participating in this workshop to ensure that you will receive the credit you hope to gain.

Fees and Expenses

A processing fee of $100 will be due upon acceptance into the program.

Eckerd College/Florida Humanities Council covers the following costs:

  • Lodging
  • Most meals
  • Transportation costs within the workshop
  • Entry and guide fees to sites and museums and other field experiences
  • Parking fees (if applicable) upon arrival and for the duration of the workshop
  • Books and/or other workshop materials and resources
  • Certificate of completion (for participants who actively participate in all workshop components)

Eckerd College/Florida Humanities Council does not cover the following costs:

  • Transportation to and from the workshop base
  • Some meals, as identified in advance the workshop agenda
  • Substitute teacher fees or other school district administrative costs


Effective November 2015:

  • Full-time, certified K-12 public or private school teachers of any subject, media specialists, librarians, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, state college professors, museum educators, National Park Service interpreters and Florida State Park interpreters.
  • New teachers who expect to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in education in either Fall 2017, Spring 2018 or Fall 2018 may apply. To confirm eligibility you will need to submit your academic transcripts or a letter from a university administrator (professor or advisor) stating your anticipated graduation date and major to be considered. Prior to starting your electronic application have your unofficial transcripts saved as a pdf or word document or have a letter from your university to attach to your application. Please contact Cheryl Gold at for more information on submitting your eligibility materials.
  • We are unable to accept applications from part-time educators, substitute teachers, retired educators or historical re-enactors.


All notifications will be sent via email. Please provide an email address you check regularly.


Deadline to apply/submit application (by noon)
No application will be accepted after this date/time

Participants will be notified via email if they have been accepted (offered a space) into the workshop or placed on the waiting list
Acceptance or waitlisted applicants notified via email.

Deadline for those accepted to RSVP and pay for workshop space
Space opens to wailist applicants after this date

Wait listed applicants will be notified if a space has become available beginning on this date
Applicants notified by email

MAY 16
Deadline for waitlist applicants to RSVP and pay for workshop space
Workshop space will be forfeited after this date/time


Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, Eckerd College will send you the recommended readings, a draft agenda, and additional information.

Contact Us

Cheryl Chase Gold
Associate Dean of Continuing Education

Carolyn Defreitas
Registrations and Logistics Coordinator