Springs of Life
Video Segments

These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the playlist below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan Springs of Life (grades 5-8).

Excerpts from the NATURE episode, “Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fountain of Youth”

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Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
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Video Clips

1. Florida’s Springs:

An introduction to Florida’s springs and how they are formed.

2. Life in Florida’s Springs:

A close up look at life in the warm Florida springs and the various predators supported by the abundant life.

3. Red Tide:

An introduction to red tide and the danger it poses.

4. Life in the Water Supply:

A close look at life in a town’s water supply and it’s energy source.


  • brian swierczynski

    When did this air? Where the Manatees filmed at Homosassa Springs? That’s where Jeff Corwin filmed them! I think NATURE should do an entire episode on Homosassa Manatees, and some of the other animals in the springs!

  • Gale

    This video is GREAT. Every Floridian should watch this. We would be better steward’s of our limited water supply if the growing FL population could better understand its workings and importance.

  • Wayne

    Keepup the great work. I loved every segment.

  • Wanda

    Great material. Wonderful examples of food chains and food webs.

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