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 October-May, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the following fees are being implemented by The City of Boca Raton for all field trips at Gumbo Limbo:

1. Public, Private and Charter Schools

Group Size

Palm Beach County

Non-Palm Beach County

Less than 25 students

120.00

192.00

Between 25 and 40 students

200.00

320.00

Up to 50 students

250.00

400.00

Additional chaperone over 1:10 ratio

10.00

10.00

 

2. Title 1 Schools*

Group Size

Palm Beach County

Non-Palm Beach County

Less than 25 students

24.00

72.00

Between 25 and 40 students

40.00

120.00

Up to 50 students

50.00

150.00

Additional chaperone over 1:10 ratio

10.00

10.00

 

Payments may be made via cash, check, or card and are due the day of the scheduled trip.


Registration Information September  2019 – May 2020

 

Call In Registration

Teachers, please note that Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is fully booked for the 2019-2020 school year. To be added to the waitlist, please call or email Science Educator, Alyssa Saldarriaga, at 561-544-8612 or asaldarria@myboca.us, and leave a message including the name of the school, grade level, amount of dates needed, and contact information.


Program Options

a gopher tortoise.

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


a green moray eel.

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


scenic picture of beach with palm trees.

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


a green sea turtle on the ocean floor.

3rd Grade:  Sea Turtle Scientists

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 and 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


a golden silk spider

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


tropical fish swimming over a coral reef

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 our 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


a close up of a file fish.

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


a sea turtle entangled in a fishing net.

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

 

Questions About School Programs?    Call 561-544-8612