Virtual Field Trips

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Park Ranger Emily speaks to a school group hours away though the power of technology.

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Bring a Park Ranger into Your Classroom
The National Parks belong to the people and in an effort to make ranger guided experience's available to every student in America we are expanding our field trip programing to bring a ranger into your classroom.

Ranger guided virtual field trips are available Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. This free program is limited by first come first serve sign ups so please call or e-mail Ranger Emily Palmer (emily_palmer@nps.gov/904-545-7729) to schedule your preferred date.



Multiple Platforms


We are happy to offer ranger led programs on Zoom, Skype, Facetime, and Google Meet. Programs generally run 45 minutes and engage participation from the virtual audience including questions and answers. Technical assistance is available and rangers will be happy to work with you on a technical test run if needed.

Virtual Field Trip Topics

The Timucuan Preserve is a rich park with amazing stories to tell. We are constantly expanding our programs and field trip topics. Currently offered:
  • A Day in the Life of a Timucuan: This program compares and contrasts everyday modern life with the experiences of the Timucua-speaking people. Explore how they used their environment to meet the same needs we have today. This program includes a Timucuan botany talk.
  • Slavery in Spanish Florida: Explore the history of Spanish Florida's plantation system. Learn about cash crops like Sea Island cotton, discover artifacts that help us understand the experiences of enslaved people and take a short video tour of the tabby slave cabins at Kingsley Plantation.
  • Founding a Fort in Florida: Why did the French Huguenots leave their homeland? What did they find in Florida? How did they survive? What became of the colony? These mysteries will be answered in our virtual field trip exploring the story of Florida's Atlantis.
  • Virtual Habitat Hike: Take a virtual hike through the different habitats of Timucuan Preserve. Discover the animals that live there and how people lived on the land, and the ways they changed it.
  • The Arrowhead: An American Icon: Get an introduction to the National Park Service, the job of a Park Ranger, and Timucuan Preserve with an overview of the iconic arrowhead symbol from our signs and uniforms. Break down the history and meanings behind this emblem with a park ranger there to answer all of your questions.
  • Crossing the St. Johns: A consise overview of the park’s ecology and history.
  • The Saltmarsh Superhero: Vast expanses of salt marsh make up 75% of Timucuan Preserve's 46,000 acres. Learn more about some of the plants and animals that inhabit the salt marsh and what makes this ecosystem a superhero.
  • The Blue Ranger: Join Ranger Susie as she talks about natural plant dyes and their histories. As part of this program participants will create a transfer design using flowers gathered at home.
  • Timucuan Plants: Friends and Foes -This interactive program will highlight common plants found today within Timucuan Preserve and their historic uses by the Timucua People.



Last updated: July 23, 2020

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