2022 School Programs

In-Person Field Trips

Gumbo Limbo is excited to announce in-person school field trips beginning in January!  

Please check with your school's principal before reserving a date.  Some schools are not allowing students to attend off-site activities. Our field trip information is below:

  • PBC School District approved grades:  1, 3, 5, 7 (see Field Trip Options by Grade)
  • Days:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm (lunch not included in the field trip schedule).
  • Fees:  FEES WAIVED for Spring of 2022. They will resume in the Fall. 
  • Maximum number of students per day:  50
  • Registration:  Call-in registration begins December 7 (8:00 am) for Boca Raton schools and December 14 for Palm Beach and Broward County schools.
To request a field trip for your grade, please call Alyssa Saldarriaga at (561)544-8612.  Your requests will be considered in the order received.  Please include the following information in your voicemail.
 
  • Contact name, email, and phone number.
  • School name and grade (1, 3, 5, or 7).
  • Dates requested (first and second choice).
  • Number of students (max. 50 per day).  

Upon agreement of date(s), a fillable reservation form will be emailed to you. Your fieldtrip is not confirmed until reservation form has been completed and you have received a confirmation email.

For additional information contact Alyssa Saldarriaga at asaldarria@myboca.us or 561-544-8612.


In-Person Field Trip Options (by Grade)

 

 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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach. 
 
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
 
 
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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.
 
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
 
 
Beach and 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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.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:  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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.
 
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.
 
 
Golden Orbweaver 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 a mystery.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.
 
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
 
 
Triggerfish
 
7th Grade: Mangrove Life (not offered November through March)*
 
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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.
 
*Please note that we have another 7th grade program, Marine Debris and Me, which will be used as an alternate program if weather conditions are not suitable for seining.
 
 
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
 
Sea turtle tangled in 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.
 
After the program is over, teachers have the option of having a picnic lunch at Red Reef Park and allowing the students to explore the beach.
 
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

Virtual Field Trips

 

We will continue to offer virtual field trips for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 am and 12:00-1:00 pm.
 
Our virtual field trips last one hour, and include a pre-recorded video with a live discussion, and a live activity.  Each session can accommodate up to 3 classes, with the ability to request an additional session if needed. Upon your submission of the request form, an educator will get back to you confirming the date, time, and other details of your virtual program.
 
 
For additional information contact Alyssa Saldarriaga at asaldarria@myboca.us or 561-544-8612.
 

Virtual Program Options

 

 
1st Grade:  Meet the Animals
SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.E.5.3, SC.1.E.6.1, SC.1.L.14.1, SC.1.N.1.3
 
Green sea turtle on beach
 
3rd Grade:  Sea Turtle Scientists
SC1.N.1.1, 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, LAFS.3.RI.3.7
 
Fish on reef  
5th Grade:  Coral Reef Connection
SC.5.N.1.1, SC.5.P.9.1, SC.5.E.17.2, SC.5.L.14.2, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.5.L.15.1
 

Gumbo Limbo Science Scope and Sequence Lessons for Teachers

Gumbo Limbo offers pre-recorded Science Scope and Sequence lessons for grades 1, 3, and 5, that can be used at your convenience. 
 
Grade 1
 
Earth's Natural Resources (Part 1) 
 
Earth's Natural Resources (Part 2: Water)
 
Grade 3
 
Classifying Plants
 
Plants and Their Structures
 
Grade 5 
 
Energy and Electricity
 
Force and Motion
 
We have joined forces with the Science Explorium; they have created lessons for grades K, 2, and 4.  Preview our lessons today to see if they will be useful in meeting those district benchmarks.