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27th State (March 3, 1845), the deep south U.S.

State Abbreviation: FL

Nickname: Sunshine State

Origin of Name: Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leon for Pascua Florida, meaning "Flowery Easter".




Florida State:

Capital: Tallahassee
Motto: In God We Trust
Florida State Seal
Animal: Florida Panther
Beverage: Orange Juice
Bird: Mockingbird
Butterfly: Zebra Longwing
Flower: Orange Blossom
Freshwater Fish: Largemouth Bass
Gemstone: Moonstone
Marine Mammal: Manatee
Reptile: American Alligator
Rock: Agatized Coral
Saltwater Mammal: Porpoise
Shell: Horse Conch
Song: The Swanee River
Tree: Sabal Palm
Wildflower: Coreopsis

Florida State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

The southeasternmost state of the United States, comprising a peninsula and adjoining mainland areas protruding southeastward from the North American continent.

Major Rivers: St. Johns River(the longest river in Florida), St. Mary's River (forms the border between Georgia and Florida), Suwannee River

 Florida Maps

Famous Floridians

Janet Reno former attorney general, Miami.
The first woman Attorney General of the United States of America.

Stephen Foster
Stephen Foster's musical work is made up of 285 songs! Many of his songs are still popular today, and some of them have passed into the oral tradition of folk song.

Things to Do

Florida State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page. Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Things to Do-Lesson Plans

Teacher’s Lighthouse Resource
(Grades K-4) from the US Coast Guard
This packet is to furnish teachers with basic information about lighthouses, their purpose, history, operation and technology in a form presentable to young students. The suggested activities relate to various disciplines: art, science, language arts, math, history, and geography.

Sites to See-Seminole

Outstanding official tribal site of the Florida Seminole Indians.
There are eight Seminole clans - Panther, Bear, Deer, Wind, Bigtown, Bird, Snake, and Otter.

Stories to Read
Legends of the Seminoles (Native American Lore)

Men Visit the Sky (Native American Lore)

Seminole Recipes

Sites to See

Coast Guard Mascots--What animals have Coast Guard cutters and shore stations adopted as mascots??

Cool Facts-oranges.

Florida Panther Net
Learn all about the history, habitat, threats to survival, and conservation efforts of the Florida panther. Also find on this site: activities, lesson plans, coloring book, games, and more.

Things To Do-Other Sites

Florida State Quarter
Read about the Florida State Quarter and print out the color page.

Florida Flag

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Coloring Book
Florida's Animal Alphabet is designed to introduce young children to Florida's wide variety of native wildlife and the interesting natural history and behavior of its wild creatures.

Senate Kids Area

Manatee-Activity Workbook (pdf)


Emanuel Point Ship
excavation page and a tour of the shipwreck.


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