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Since 1985, the Science Eye has presented exciting hands-on Science Safaris to over half a million students and educators around the country. These Safaris are simulations of real-life explorations into science. Through research and preparation, students assume a new identity and use the classroom or field to play the role of an actual scientist. Our programs give the student a chance to experience the thrill of first-hand contact with science projects that can last from a few hours to a few weeks.  Educators can use these programs to create comprehensive study units encompassing an entire area of science or a specialty area of science.

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Meet the Staff

DawnDawn Miller-Walker
Native American name: Hagóta ~ Story Teller
Dawn is the Owner and Program Director of the Science Eye. She holds a BS in Fisheries & Aquatic Biology from Murray State University and a dual MS in Marine Biology & Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. She has experience in environmental education teaching principals of ecosystems, conservation, ethical angling, and other aspects of plant, animal and aquatic biology since 1998. Following her passion to teach and save the planet, Dawn started a nonprofit organization with her late husband Jay Walker (a.k.a. Micaokee ~ Water Chief), Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), whose mission is to encourage the average citizen to have a Take Action Now! approach in a unified attempt to conserve our environment. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University, teaching the course "Everglades Ecology & Conservation". Dawn presents at numerous environmental conferences, meetings and workshops and is an active member and participant in teacher organizations and events. During her “free” time, she is also involved in waterway and beach cleanups.  Dawn is committed to sharing the fascinating interrelationships of ecosystems with future generations by example.

Dawn is a member of:

  • Leauge of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) - Life Member
  • Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) - Life Member
  • National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)
  • Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) - Life Member
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN)

Dawn serves on/has served on the following Boards &/or Committees:

Dawn is an approved facilitator for the following workshops: Click here for more information

Meet the Instructors
BerandaBeranda Harper
Native American Name: Wohali (Cherokee) - Peace Eagle
Experience: Beranda has been with us for 5 years. She has a BS in Environmental Biology from Heidelberg College and is currently finishing up her MS in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. She has been a leader in the mentor program at Nova. Beranda has great enthusiasm and has inspired students from preK through Graduate school.

DanielleDanielle Klleppan
Native American Name: Honovi (Hopi) – Strong Deer
Experience: Danielle has been with us for 3 years. She has a BS in Marine Science-Marine Biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a joint MS in Marine Biology/Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. Danielle has developed and led elementary level science-based crafts and experiments as well as facilitated children's education of the flora and fauna found in the diverse ecosystems on Cape Cod. She is also the Head Coach for a Middle School in Cross Country and Track & Field team.

EP_MMMorgan Mooney
Native American Name: Aiyana (Sylvan) - Forever Flowering
Experience: Morgan, a first year instructor, has a BS in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Geological Sciences from the University of Miami. She has taught children and students hands-on lessons involving the Everglades and South Florida ecosystems. Morgan is an active volunteer in her community, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural areas.

EP_ESErin Smith
Native American Name: Shada (Salish) - Pelican
Experience: Erin, a first year instructor, has a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Marine Science from Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently working on her MS in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University. She has experience working with students preK through High School and enjoys promoting a love of science and nature from a young age.

EP_SmileyEarthPilar Ferdinando
Native American Name: Sinopa (Blackfoot) - Kit Fox
Experience: Pilar, a first year instructor, has a BS in Marine Biology with a minor in Psychology from Rider University. She is currently working on her MS in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University. She has extensive experience with marine field work, especially with blue crabs.
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