School Programs

Public and private schools are invited to participate in Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s school field trips.  The programs are designed to meet the Science Next Generation Sunshine State Standard and National Core Standard requirements.

School programs for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades are offered September-May, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Please note that we are fully booked for the 2017-2018 school year. Check back at the end of this year for sign-up dates for the following school year.

 


School Field Trip Registration Information

September 2017 – May 2018  

 

 

CALL IN REGISTRATION

Teachers, please call Jeff Dobbs, Science Educator, at 561-544-8612 and leave a message to book your school field trips for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the following schedule:

  • August 14th, 2017:  All Boca Raton schools, including West Boca and private schools can call to register.
  • August 21st, 2017:  All Palm Beach County Schools can call to register.
  • August 28th, 2017:  All schools can call to register, including Broward County.

 

Please note that we are fully booked for the 2017-2018 school year. Check back at the end of this year for sign-up dates for the following school year.

 


School Program Options

 

1st Grade: Island Tours

Our focus for this grade is to introduce students to the three communities of our barrier island.  Students will learn about the dune, hammock, and mangrove ecosystems. During a nature walk on the Ashley Trail, students will learn the interactions between animals and plants in their forest habitat.

Students will have a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park, and then explore the beach in search of sea beans and seashells.  Students will take home beach treasures along with a new understanding of these coastal life forms.

Standards:  SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.E.6.1, SC.1.P.8.1, SC.1.L.14.1, SC.1.L.14.3, VA.1.S.3.3,CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1


1st Grade:  Meet the Animals

Our focus for this grade is to introduce students to Gumbo Limbo’s animals and the importance of food, water, and shelter to their survival. Through classroom and field experiences, students will learn about coastal plants and animals. During a tank tour, the students will learn about different coastal habitats and how they provide basic needs to these animals.

Students will get a chance to observe some very special animal guests and use their investigative skills to figure out the habitat they live in and food they eat, while recording data.

 

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.E.5.3, SC.1.E.6.1, SC.1.E.6.2, SC.1.L.14.1, SC.1.L.17.1, SC.1.N.1.3, VA.1.S.1.3, VA.1.O.2.1, LAFS.1.SL.2.5, MAFS.1.MD.1.a


3rd Grade: Beach Explorers

Our focus for this grade is to introduce students to the importance of Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, students will learn about coastal plants and animals, weathering and erosion, waves and currents. They will discover how they can help protect this fragile environment.

Students have a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park, and then continue the morning’s lesson by exploring the beach in search of "natural treasures”. We may find anything from mangrove seeds to hamburger beans, clams to conch shells, volcanic pumice to coral fragments. With help from the instructors, students will identify the species they learned about in class, and take home beach treasures along with a new appreciation of Florida’s natural resources.

Standards:  SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.1.7, SC.3.N.3.2, MA.3.A.6.2, SC.3.P.10.2, VA.3.C.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.2


3rd Grade:  Living Dinosaurs

Our focus for this grade is to introduce students to an endangered marine species that has been in the oceans for about 230 million years - since before the dinosaurs. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, students will learn about Florida’s nesting sea turtles and the 7 species of sea turtles worldwide. They will discover how they can help protect our world’s fragile ocean ecosystem.

Students perform a mock sea turtle rescue lab at Gumbo Limbo’s authentic Chiki Hut and then continue the morning’s lesson by exploring the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility (hospital). They learn about the dangers facing sea turtles and what people can do to help them. With help from the instructors, students will identify the species they learned about in class, and take home a new appreciation of Florida’s fragile marine life.

Standards:  SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.3.1, SC.3.N.3.2, , SC.3.N.1.4 , SC.3.L.17.1, SC.3.L.15.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2,  CCSS.Math.Contents.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Contents.3.NBT.A.3, VA.3.H.1.3, VA.3.H.2.1, VA.3.S.2.2


5th Grade: Eco-Investigators

Our focus for this grade is to introduce the interdependence of plants and animals.  Students will learn about the interrelationships between organisms found on a barrier island.  Through classroom and laboratory experiences, students will conduct systematic observations and data collection using stereoscopes and other tools to examine the physical characteristics of forest specimens.

While walking along the Ashley Trail, students will investigate the interactions between animals and plants of the hardwood hammock ecosystem.  At the conclusion of their scientific investigation, they will analyze evidence and draw a conclusion to solve the mystery.

Standards:  SC.5.N.1.1, SC.5.N.1.6, SC.5.N.2.1, SC.5.L.14.2, SC.5.L.17.1, VA.5.H.3.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1a,CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4


5th Grade: Coral Reef Connection

Our focus for this grade is to introduce the importance of tropical coral reefs to our oceans.  Students will learn about the interrelationships between organisms found in a tropical coral reef.  Through classroom and laboratory experiences, students will conduct data collection using pH test strips, hydrometers, and thermometers in an outdoor chemistry lab to compare and contrast ocean, Intracoastal, and tap water.

At the conclusion of their scientific investigation, students will analyze data to understand the fragility of coral and encourage conservation of this important ecosystem.

Standards:  SC.5.N.1.1, SC.5.P.8.2, SC.5.P.9.1, SC.5.L.14.2, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.5.L.15.1, VA.B.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R1.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2a, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2d CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.A.1


7th Grade: Mangrove Life

Students will gain a better understanding of the complexity of life that surrounds them through a unique hands-on study of biodiversity in the mangrove ecosystem. Instructors will review taxonomy of the life among the mangrove roots, including physical characteristics and adaptations that allow organisms to survive in mangrove ecosystems. Students will conduct mangrove transect profiles, water quality sampling, and a biodiversity survey, in conjunction with seining in the Intracoastal Waterway. Data collected and analyzed during the field study will provide students with a better understanding of the complexity of the mangrove ecosystem.

Please note that we have another 7th grade program, Marine Debris and Me. This program will be used as an alternate program if weather conditions are not suitable for seining.

Not offered November 27th, 2017 through March 19th, 2018.

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards:  SC.7.N.1.1, SC.7.N.1.6, SC.6.L.15.1, SC.7.E.6.6, SC.7.L.15.2, SC.7.L.17.1, SC.7.L.17.3, SC.7.N.1.3, LAFS.K12.R.3.7, LAFS.K12.L.3.4, LAFS.68.RST.3.7, LAFS.68.RST.1.3, MAFS.7.SP.1.2, VA.68.H.1.1, VA.68.F.1.1, VA.68.H.3.3


7th Grade:  Marine Debris & Me!

Our focus for this grade is to introduce students to marine debris and give them an opportunity to gain a better understanding of where it comes from and how we impact our coastal and marine environment. Through hands-on lab and activities, they will learn about different plastics, discover what they are used for, and investigate their physical properties.

Instructors will give a brief review of ocean currents, density, and marine food webs in order for students to fully understand how marine debris can harm the ocean as well as humans.

Please note that this is also an alternate program to Mangrove Life if weather conditions are not suitable for seining.

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards:  SC.7.E.6.6 , SC.7.L.17.1, SC.7.N.1.1, SC.7.N.1.3, SC.7.N.1.4, SC.7.N.1.6, SC.7.N.1.7 , MAFS.K12.MP.1.1, MAFS.K12.MP.4.1, MAFS.K12.MP.6.1, LAFS.68.RST.1.2 , LAFS.68.RST.1.3 , LAFS.68.RST.2.4, VA.68.C.2.3, VA.68.C.3.2, VA.68.F.1.1, VA.68.F.3.3, VA.68.H.1.1, VA.68.H.1.4 , VA.68.S.1.5