Posted: 5/1/2018 | By: Florida Park Service
Last month, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park collaborated with the Florida Department of Education: Division of Blind Services to create an experience that engaged children on all senses. The park arranged several special presentations and brought Florida and its wildlife within reach of the families that were in attendance. The event had objects from taxidermy and animal pelts to various animal bones, like skulls and shark jaws, for the children to touch and feel.
Park Service Specialist Emily May presented live animals to the children, letting them interact with animals like the Diamond Back Terrapin, the Gopher Tortoise, and more. Children also had the opportunity to hear and experience some of the efforts Florida makes to preserve our natural resources.
Park Ranger Michael Faustini gave a presentation on prescribed burns, building and maintaining an actual fire for the children to hear and smell. Afterward, he allowed the children to use the fire hoses used for prescribed burns to put those fires out and taught them about proper water conservation.
The entire event was targeted toward accessibility for the blind. The park provided signage with braille and large text, but also went beyond that to ensure that everything that was offered excited more than just the sense of sight.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park embraced and implemented the Florida State Parks’ vision to create experiences that foster Access for All.