Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

LIFE Fest 2008 Update - Free group camping & more!

Learning is for Everyone has secured *free* group camping for up to 90 people at the Ft. Desoto group camping site near the entrance to the park for LIFE Fest 2008, our annual Celebration of Learning conference. So if you're up for a primitive camping experience (tents only, limited amenities), we have the site from Sept. 19, starting at noon, and through Sept. 21st. Please RSVP to info@learningis4everyone by August 20th with the number in your party if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity.

You can also reserve sites with water and electrical hook up, suitable for pop-ups and vans, as well as tents, for $32 -$40 a night, online at the Ft. Desoto website:
http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_Desoto.htm

And if you're really into air conditioning and bathrooms, the Eckerd College Lodge is offering lovely rooms right next door to the Conference Center for just $65/night. Contact Eckerd directly by phone 1.800.456.9009, ext.7000. or reserve online by August 1:

http://www.eckerd.edu/confcenter/lodge/index.php

Mention you’ll be attending LIFE Fest 2008.

Admission to LIFE Fest 2008 is just $10 per family at the door, or $8 prepaid through Network for Good:


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Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August. (Local homeschool support group booths are free.) Visit Learning is for Everyone for details.

Our current conference line-up includes:

*MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) programs for youth;
*The ever-popular Doug Scull, of Hands On Planet Earth, with his incredible variety of animals and insights;
*Sarah Dees Art for Children activities;
*Tek 4 Tykes computer learning activities for kids;
*Language Playhouse language immersion workshop and activities;
*Demonstrations and information about FIRST robotics;
*Round table discussions on running support groups, organizing cooperatives, getting ready for college and boosting homeschool self-esteem;
*Terrific doorprizes from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Barnes & Noble, and vendors

And more!

So make plans to join us on September 20th in St. Petersburg for a great day of fun, learning and camarderie. See you at LIFE Fest 2008!

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