Canaveral Seashore Park at Seminole Rest
A partnership was established in
2011 with the Canaveral Seashore Park Rangers, and soon it led to the creation
of an adjunct classroom for students at Burns SciTech to study at Seminole Rest,
located on ancient Timucuan Indian Mounds. This allowed students to learn local
history, archaeology, and marine science on the Indian River site.
In 2012-2013 students will participate in activities involving native plants, marine life and soil
stabilization,provided by a grant with Park Rangers and students from University of Central Florida.
The Canaveral National Seashore is a National Seashore located between New
Smyrna Beach and Titusville, Florida, in Volusia County and Brevard County,
United States. The park, located on a barrier island, is home to more than 1,000
plant species and 310 bird species. This national park occupies 58,000 acres,
(including lagoons), and was created on January 3, 1975 by an act of Congress.
The park’s 24-mile-long beach is the longest undeveloped beach on the east coast
of the state.
Seminole Rest consists of several prehistoric shell mounds dating from 2,000 BC
to 1565 AD. Snyder’s Mound, the largest mound at this site, is unique because
few structures this large remain intact today. Two turn of the century buildings
occupy the mounds and have aided in their preservation. The National Park
Service now preserves the site.
Burns SciTech school has received word from the Canaveral Seashore Park,
(headquarters at Seminole Rest, located a mile from the school), that together
they received a grant for intermediate and middle school students to be
trained as Junior Rangers, leading a study of native plants that help with shoreline
erosion. Students will be planting “seedlings” and making “oyster mats” along
the Indian River, also known as the Intercostal Waterway, and Mosquito Lagoon.
This summer, teachers will be hired by the Park Service to begin the project in
preparation for the August project. The school has recently set up an “adjunct
classroom” in the caretaker’s house on the National Park Indian Mounds, and
students are permitted to do projects at this site on a weekly basis.