Day Programs

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).

  • Grades - 4th to 6th grades
  • Ranger led - yes
  • Group size - 15 to 45 students
  • Chaperones - One per every ten students
  • Program dates - October - May
  • Registration - request form
  • For more information - call 305-230-7275 x08 or e-mail us
Students on boat tour
Students enjoying boat tour of Biscayne National Park


Fish On! Park Boat Tour is a standards-based and ranger led program that immerses 4th grade students in Biscayne's maritime habitats. Students have an opportunity to connect the South Florida watershed to the Florida reef tract. Students make connections through ranger narratives and first hand observation of the ecosystems which surround them on a boat tour across Biscayne Bay.

Time permitting, students disembark on one of Biscayne's islands; Elliott, Boca Chita or Adams Keys. This allows students time to experience the wild places protected by the National Park Service. Students learn about fishing, a favorite outdoor pastime and a fun and relaxing opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. These islands provide critical habitat for endemic and endangered species such as the White Crowned Pigeon and Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly. Students learn how scientists collaborate to save these species and observe the interdependent nature of South Florida's resources and their place within them.

  • Grades - 4th
  • Ranger led - yes
  • Group size - 20-35 students
  • Chaperones - One per every five students
  • Program dates - Mondays and Tuesdays, October-June (except January and February)
  • Registration - follow this link.
  • For more information - call 305-230-7275 x08 or e-mail us.

Last updated: August 17, 2018

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Sir Lancelot Jones Way

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