Everglades Ranger-Guided Field Trips

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4th graders participate in hands-on learning experience in the Everglades

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Ranger-led field trips are offered from mid-October through mid-April to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. These programs are best suited for local schools within reasonable driving distance. Program descriptions can be found below.

Programs are offered free of charge. Registration takes place August 17 at 8:00 am for the coming school year. Because programs fill quickly, we suggest teachers Request A Date early.

First-time teachers to Everglades Education Programs will need to attend an in-park Teacher Workshop.

Assistance with bus transportation may be available and can be requested during registration.

For more information please call the Education Office at (305) 242-7753 or email us.
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Park Ranger and students leaving the Shark Valley observation tower

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Every Kid in the Everglades (4th graders)

Location: Shark Valley or Royal Palm
Maximum group size: 110 students
Teachers & Chaperones: 1 adult per 10 students
Description: In small groups, students rotate through a series of stations that provide hands-on learning. Material is presented by Everglades Education volunteers and/or park rangers. Topics include: alligators, birds, water, sawgrass and periphyton, and invasive species. Students also explore a park trail with a wildlife and plant ID guide.

Shark Valley Day Program (4th graders)

Location: Shark Valley
Maximum group size: 58 students
Teachers & Chaperones: 1 adult per 10 students (not to exceed 64 total)
Description: Students explore the vast Shark Valley slough on a narrated, open-air tram tour and hike to the observation tower for a bird's eye view. Alligators, wading birds, turtles, and fish are just a few of the residents commonly encountered. Students learn about the Everglades watershed and their own connections to the south Florida ecosystem.

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Children exploring a gumbo limbo tree

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Royal Palm Day Program (5th & 6th graders)

Location: Royal Palm & Long Pine Key
Maximum group size: 59 students (some flexibility for larger groups)
Teachers & Chaperones: 1 adult per 10 students (not to exceed 65 total)
Description: Rangers lead students through four different Everglades habitats, including: the freshwater slough, sawgrass prairie, pine rocklands, and hardwood hammock. Students are often able to observe alligators, wading birds, turtles, and fish and discuss adaptations. Rangers challenge students to think about their own connections to the Everglades ecosystem.

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This environmental education program is generously supported by grants from Peacock Foundation Inc. and the South Florida National Parks Trust.

Last updated: August 14, 2018

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