Biscayne Explorer; Wildlife Inventory and Nature Study - A standards-based, ranger led program that brings the practice of science to life. This program offers students the opportunity to perform tasks that park scientists perform including microscopic analysis, seagrass seining and inventorying wildlife. Species identification and surveying are critical responsibilities that help to ensure proper management of natural resources.
Upon arrival to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, students will be greeted by a park ranger who will provide a brief orientation. Students will be led to activity stations (large groups may need teachers and chaperones to lead with the park ranger). Students will use a plankton tow to collect organisms and examine them under a microscope. Rangers will use a seine net to bring up juvenile fish and invertebrates for students to examine. Students take nature walks to explore the inter-dependency of the park's resources. Teachers may choose to incorporate art with their visit (water color painting).