For the Love of Florida…Kennedy Space Center

For the Love of Florida…Kennedy Space Center

Podcast #66

For the LOVE of Florida…..take two! Welcome to episode #66 of FPEA Connects.

We talked last time about some of the earliest roadside attractions in Florida. Those that really cemented our tourist destination appeal….and several that you can still visit. So many of those attractions were founded in Florida’s natural beauty and the paradise that tourists had found here. And we LOVE all of those things. But I think both of us also have an affinity for the Florida we remember as kids. And some of those attractions we talked about last time were still popular. But as we move into the 1960s, Florida begins to explode with other exciting things that have become iconic tourist destinations. One of those destinations is the Space Coast. Kennedy Space Center.

First let’s do a little timeline history. Starting in the fall of 1961, NASA formally requested money for the initial land purchases on Merritt Island. Moving on through those next few years, buildings were constructed, launch pads built and the vehicle assembly building. That was a little before our time, but we know that with the building of the space program, Florida took on celebrity status…..in the form of astronauts. The area exploded with new housing, businesses, hotels….I Dream of Jeannie….and of course those who came fell in love with paradise too.

The 80s….space shuttle program was huge. After the ending of the Apollo program, the Space Program took a new turn with a new orbiter for manned space flight.

The Space Shuttle program has been retired, but the space program at the cape is still very active and thriving with both private and government launches occurring very frequently.  And now, there is the United States space force a proposed 6th branch of the military set to begin in 2020 that could be part of our future.

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Wild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Wild Florida Spotlight: ClewistonWild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Podcast #60

FPEA has developed Florida History Adventures+ Bundles in an effort to bring the study of Florida History (plus other exciting studies) right to your inbox. Through this new monthly bundle, FPEA members will have access to Florida History, Science, Geography, and Literature in the form of unique unit studies developed just for you. Each monthly bundle will focus on a topic that has played a significant role in the state we all love and call home, Florida. No two bundles will look exactly alike. Some bundles will include Science unit studies to complement the topic, others may include Geography or Literature, or it may have a little bit of everything. You will also receive special extras like recipes to make at home, craft ideas or great ideas for a field trip to enhance your study.

We thought of another great idea too! We’ll all be working on these same fun unit studies at home, why not make some time to get together and enjoy some adventure with each other? So, we will be hosting some special FPEA Field Trip Days. For these little excursions, you will want to bring along your Road Trip Tracker, which will be included in your first bundle. This will give you a special place to keep track of your Florida excursions.

In this episode, we will SPOTLIGHT: Clewiston

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