Sunken Gardens

Located about 10 minutes from the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel where the 32nd  Annual Florida Literacy Coalition conference is being held, Sunken Gardens is a great and easy stop to unwind for a couple of hours.

The Gardens

Pay a visit to St. Petersburg’s historic Sunken Gardens. Over 100 years old, Sunken Gardens is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum. These lush gardens cover four acres and are a treasured piece of the city.

sunken gardens Prepare to enter a place of tranquility once you step foot in this tropical paradise. Enjoy strolling among 50,000 plants (over 500 species) and relax with the sight and sounds of birds as you explore the winding paths. With a rock garden, waterfalls, and a wishing well, Sunken Gardens is a pleasurable activity for the off-hours during your conference stay.

History

Sunken Gardens was originally a lake that George Turner purchased, drained, and turned into a tropical garden so captivating that by the 1920’s, he was able to turn it into a business. Turner’s family continued the tradition for three generations until the city of St. Petersburg came together to purchase the garden as a way of continuing and honoring George Turner’s original vision.

Today, the Gardens are a cultural and educational center in St. Petersburg, offering workshops and weekly events for people of all ages to enjoy. Visit the Sunken Gardens’s website  for detailed information about events.

 

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Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday noon – 4:30 pm

Last admission is sold at 4pm daily.

Admission: 

  • $10 Adults
  • $8 Seniors (62+)
  • $4 Children (2-11)

 

St. Petersburg: Home of the 32nd Annual Florida Literacy Conference

Registration is in full swing for the 32nd Annual Florida Literacy Conference which will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel  from May 4th-6th. Be sure to register now to enjoy our early bird pricing.* With hotel amenities and the many attractions St. Petersburg has to offer, everyone is sure to have an enjoyable experience during their stay.

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Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront • 333 1st St S • St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Conveniently located about 25 minutes from the Clearwater International Airport, the Hilton boasts plenty of amenities.  Daily parking will be available for $6. Guests of the conference can enjoy a discounted room rate of $116 available for stays anytime from May 2nd through 9th. This room offer is only available until April 11th. Reserve your room today!

The Hilton Bayfront is located in the center of many attractions. Keep reading for a brief overview of what St. Petersburg has to offer.

*valid until March 5th

Dali Museum

dali museumGo and experience the results of a collaboration turned friendship between two of the 20th century’s world-renowned artists: Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination is an exhibit that displays the world shared by these two giants of imagination.* It will take you through paintings, story sketches, photographs, audio, and more that detail the friendship and professional relationship these two cultivated. Also be sure to explore the rest of the museum during this family friendly activity.

*runs January – June

Museum of Fine Arts

Florida-St-Petersburg-Museum-Fine-Arts-Front-FacadeLocated only half a mile from the hotel, the Contemplating Character Exhibit at the museum is just one of the exhibits that will be available for viewing at the Museum of Fine Arts. Go and explore the Neoclassicist, Romanticist, and Realist art styles of the 18th and 19th centuries in an exhibit that features 150 rare portrait drawings and oil sketches of artists, their loved ones, and famous figures. It even includes portraits of George Washington and author Oscar Wilde.

Dining

If you’re looking for a meal between your conference sessions or a nice drink to end the day, Tangerine restaurant and the Dali Bar are conveniently located in the hotel.  If you’re exploring the area around the hotel and get hungry, choose from multiple restaurants such as Gratzzi Italian Grille, Z Grille, Meze 119, or Crowley’s Downtown.

                Be sure to check back for future spotlights on attractions!

 

Thrilled for the Thirtieth!

The Florida Literacy Conference is celebrating THIRTY years this May. Can you believe it? The Conference pre-dates the Coalition, which only emphasizes the importance of providing quality professional development for the leaders in literacy and those working in the trenches of adult education. FLC is celebrating this momentous occasion at the Hilton Daytona Beach, May 7-9, 2014. A group of FLC staff members and ten members of the Conference Planning Committee met at the hotel last week to scope the scene and prepare for the event. I’ve added some pictures below so you can begin to imagine how this event will take place.

Inspired to make a difference? Submit a proposal to present at this year’s Conference.

Can’t wait to spend time with your favorite teachers and program administrators? Registration is now open! 

Grand Ballroom, where you'll be able to listen to FLC's great keynotes.

Grand Ballroom, where you’ll be able to listen to FLC’s great keynotes.

Exhibit and Registration Area

Exhibit and Registration Area

Location of the Opening Reception. Can't you hear the live band already?

Location of the Opening Reception. Can’t you hear the live band already?

Backyard of the Hotel for a late-night stroll by the water

Backyard of the Hotel for a late-night stroll by the water

Potential location for Adult Learner Day lunch or a surprising event.

Potential location for Adult Learner Day lunch or a surprising event.

2014 Florida Literacy Conference Registration Now Open

2014_LogoRegistration is now open for the 2015 Florida Literacy Conference scheduled for May 7-9, 2015, at the Hilton Daytona Beach. What’s even more exciting is that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the conference.

With over 13 tracks to choose from, sessions are designed to be informative and cover a wide variety of topics all focused on the theme “Open Books, Open Minds.” Register before March 7, 2014, for a discounted, early bird registration fee! In addition to this offer, when you register 10 people, you’ll get 1 additional free attendee.

2014 Conference Registration Rates

Member, Early Bird – March 7, 2014 $215
Non-Member, Early Bird – March 7, 2014 $240
Member – Before April 25, 2014 $240
Non-Member – Before April 25, 2014 $265
On-Site – After April 25th, 2014 $280
Register 10 attendees and Get 1 Additional Free Attendee

For more information about the Florida Literacy Conference, please visit http://www.floridaliteracy.org/floridaliteracyconference.html.

Registration is open for the 2013 Conference!

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Registration is now open for the 2013 Conference!  Until March 8th, you can register for the reduced rate of $235!  If you are an FLC member, you can get a greater discount by paying just $210 for the conference!  If you are not a member yet, you can sign up to be a member right on the conference registration form.

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Registration to the conference includes:

  1.  Admission to amazing and inspiring general sessions,
  2. Your choice of informative sessions within 13 tracks,
  3. The opening reception filled with delicious hor dourves,
  4. A yummy continental breakfast on Thursday, a tasty closing luncheon Friday and daily refreshments,
  5. A chance  to meet with fellow literacy advocates though social and networking events,
  6. Admission to the resource filled literacy product exhibition, and
  7. A snazzy conference tote bag, program and resource materials

Registration is easy!  Just follow this link to registration, and it will take right to the registration form.  You can pay online through PayPal (no PayPal account needed!) or you can send us a check or PO.

 Member, Early Bird – March 8, 2012 $210
Non-Member, Early Bird – March 8, 2012 $235
Member – Before April 26, 2012 $235
Non-Member – Before April 26, 2012 $260
On-Site – After April 26th, 2012 $275

Do you have more questions about the conference?  Go to the Conference webpage!

2012 Conference Recap + Session Handouts!

The 2012 might have been our best conference yet! Record attendance, inspiring keynotes, resourceful exhibitors, interesting session choices, a beautiful location and of course, wonderful attendees.

Some top moments included Mawi…everything, adult learners reading their essays from the 2012 Essay book, State Literacy Awards Winners and watching part of Sarah Entine’s film, Read Me Differently.

We also had a lovely photographer, Ashleigh Marie, who took several wonderful photos of the event. They’ll be uploaded to our Flickr account very soon, but in the mean time, check out this sneak peek on our facebook!

There were several great presentations! Here are handouts from a few who have already sent me them. This list will be updated as more presenters email me their handouts. So if you presented at this past conference, share  your wealth of information with other literacy enthusiasts!

PBS-So much more than Sesame Street!
Gail Taylor, WEDU
PBS Fact Sheet
PBS KIDS Online Anytime
American Graduate
PBS Teacher Resources – Florida PBS Learning Media

Social Media: Marketing Made Easy
Annie Schmidt, Florida Literacy Coalition
Social Media Handout
Social Media Presentation

Call for Conference Guest Bloggers!

Are you interested in dipping your feet in the social media waters?

Do you have a passion for writing?

Are you going to be at the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference?

 

We are looking for YOU to help us blog! FLC is seeking guest bloggers to contribute their thoughts/perceptions of the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference to this blog.  If you are interested in writing before, during or after conference,  complete the 2012 Conference Blogger Information Form and submit it to Annie Schmidt, schmidta@floridaliteracy.org,  by Friday, April 27.

Green Light Special! Buy 10 get 1 FREE Conference Registration!

Green Light Special!

Buy 10 Get 1 FREE!

Attention Florida Literacy Conference Registrants, we have a green light special for conference registrations!  Buy 10, get 1 free!

Yes!  It is true!  If you send on planning ten (10) or more people from your organization to the Florida Literacy Conference, you will get one registration free!  Registrations must be sent together.  So, have one person collect all eleven (11) registrations, write a check for ten (10)!  Or, collect all twenty-two (22) registrations, and write a check for twenty (20)!

If you’re a real super saver, then don’t forget, early bird registration ends March 9!

For more information about the conference, go to http://www.floridaliteracy.org/floridaliteracyconference.html

Have you registered for the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference?

Have you registered for the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference?  If not, now is the time!  Until March 9th, you can register for the reduced rate of $235!  However, FLC members get an even great discount paying just $210 for the conference!  If you are not a member yet, you can sign up to be a member right on the conference registration form.

Registration to the conference includes:

  1.  Admission to amazing and inspiring general sessions,
  2. Your choice of informative sessions within 13 tracks,
  3. The opening reception filled with delicious hor dourves,
  4. A yummy continental breakfast on Thursday, a tasty closing luncheon Friday and daily refreshments,
  5. A chance  to meet with fellow literacy advocates though social and networking events,
  6. Admission to the resource filled literacy product exhibition, and
  7. A snazzy conference tote bag, program and resource materials

Registration is easy!  Just follow this link to registration, and it will take right to the registration form.  You can pay online through PayPal (no PayPal account needed!), or you can send us a check or PO!

 Member, Early Bird – March 9, 2012 $210
Non-Member, Early Bird – March 9, 2012 $235
Member – Before April 27, 2012 $235
Non-Member – Before April 27, 2012 $260
On-Site – After April 27th, 2012 $275

Do you have more questions about the conference?  Go to Conference FAQs!

Why you should visit St. Petersburg, site for the 2012 FLC Conference

Downtown

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With an average of 361 sunny days a year, there’s no doubting St. Petersburg’s sunny disposition. But it’s the action in downtown St. Pete that has things really heating up in the ‘Sunshine City.’

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St. Pete Pier

Featuring seven miles of beautifully preserved downtown waterfront parks, the area makes for a perfect leisurely stroll along the shoreline. This pedestrian friendly city center boasts more than just an abundance of sunshine, offering up open-air eateries, shops, boutiques and culture galore.

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Dali Museum

The Pier, a landmark building located in the heart of St. Petersburg is a unique piece of Florida architecture that offers visitors a chance to experience the waterfront along Tampa Bay. Located at the end of a 1/4-mile-long approach, this five story inverted pyramid features shops, restaurants, its own aquarium, live music and even boat docks.

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Museum of Fine Art

Downtown is alive with the arts, including the stunning new Dali Museum, the permanent home of the most comprehensive collection of the great Spanish artist’s works. You can also visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) or the Chihuly Collection, two other world-class spots for art lovers. The MFA features 4,000 objects, including works by Cezanne, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir and O’Keeffe—while the Chihuly Collection (the only space of its kind in the world) is a permanent display of works by legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly.

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Chihuly Chandeliers

At night, things really get going. Bars and restaurants of all kinds sling drinks and every first Friday of the month, the city hosts a big block party along Central Avenue, complete with live music, food, drinks and dancing in the street.

We hope you enjoy your stay! Register for the FLC Conference Today!