TESI awards education and outreach grants to support projects led by UF students and postdoctoral researchers. Explore just a few of their amazing final products below:

Butterfly exhibitMiami Blue Butterfly Exhibit by Sarah Steele Cabrera and Geena Hill

Geena Hill and Sarah Steele Cabrera are 2018 TESI grant recipients and graduate students at the Florida Museum of Natural History. With help from TESI, they created a traveling exhibit and coloring book all about the critically endangered Miami blue butterfly. The insect can only be found in the Florida Keys. Their projects are meant to educate lifelong learners and children about the species and show them what they can do to help.

The traveling exhibit is now located at Castellow Hammock Preserve and Nature Center in Homestead, which is managed by Miami-Dade County. Contact Sarah Steele Cabrera to learn more about the exhibit and hosting opportunities. ssteelecabrera@flmnh.ufl.edu

Click here to download the English version of the coloring book, and click here for the Spanish version!

Jacqueline Aenlle

From Urban to Agriculture podcasts by Jacqueline Aenlle

Jacqueline Aenlle is a 2020 TESI grant recipient and a Ph.D. student in the department of agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She runs a podcast called “From Urban to Agriculture” where she connects curious consumers with agricultural professionals to learn more about food, agriculture, environmental sciences and natural resources.

With help from TESI, she created a series of podcasts about the Florida panther and red tide.

The podcasts can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 


Follow From Urban to Agriculture on Instagram @fromurbantoag.

Check out more of the podcasts here.

Fei He

Economic value of water resources fact sheets by Fei He

Fei He is a 2019 TESI grant recipient and a Ph.D. student in the Food and Resource Economics Department in the UF College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She recently published a collection of fact sheets to help Floridians better understand the economic benefits of Florida’s many freshwater springs and coastal waterways.

Her goal with these fact sheets is to garner a better appreciation for Florida’s water among decision-makers and help ensure its sustainability in the future. With funding from TESI, she was able to print the fact sheets for use at public education events.

Check out all of the fact sheets at the links below, or check out the gallery!

Fact Sheets


Click here to download slides about Florida State Parks and other coastal National Parks.

Springs State Parks2

Jamila RothEducational seagrass activity book by Jamila Roth

Jamila Roth is a 2018 TESI grant recipient and a Ph.D. student in the school of natural resources and the environment in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Roth used TESI funding and her research on the effects of warming temperatures and nutrients additions on seagrass communities to create an educational activity book.

Her goal with the book is to educate Florida K-12 students and lifelong learners about seagrass communities, the ecosystem services they provide and the effects of human activity on these ecosystems by creating and sharing lesson plans. She also created an interactive exhibit and worked with student science clubs.

Check out her activity book here: Seagrass_Activity_Book