Discovery Program (Grades 3 to 12)


Students explore the natural world through hands-on, inquiry-based activities, designed to intrigue and inspire while meeting benchmarks of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Guided activities incorporate the use of GPS technology, maps and compasses as students navigate the Garden to find the activity stations. Take advantage of our complementary pre- and post-visit materials which will enhance the student's experience and retention of information learned during the field study.

Program Costs and Registration:

Field Studies Brochure 2012-2013

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  • $8 per participating student
  • Maximum of 60 students
  • One adult is required per ten students; no additional adults allowed
  • Payment must be received upon arrival
  • Accessible to students with special needs
  • For scheduling, please call 305.667.1651 ext. 3322 or email
  • Tour dates fill rapidly, make reservations early
  • Discovery program policies and directions

Biomimicry-Designed by Nature, Tuesdays
How did a seed inspire the invention of Velcro? What can a cactus teach us about conservation? Students will explore unique adaptations in the arid garden and rainforest exhibit and brainstorm how such changes can inspire innovative solutions to contemporary, environmental issues.   
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Biomimicry
Pre/Post Visit Lessons, Grades 3-5
Pre/Post Visit Lessons, Grades 6-8
Pre/Post Visit Lessons, Grades 9-12

Symbiosis-Butterflies and Plants, Wednesdays
Students search for caterpillars and butterflies, identify host and nectar plants, and dissect flowers to investigate the interdependent relationship between butterflies and plants. Each activity station represents a stage in the insect's life cycle to demonstrate metamorphosis.
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Symbiosis
Pre/Post Visit Lessons, Grades 3-5
Pre/Post Visit Lessons, Grades 6-12

Biodiversity: Cultivating Healthy Ecosystems, Fridays
Students learn about species richness as they discover various ways in which living beings contribute to the health of ecosystems. Using the same methods that scientists use to measure biodiversity, students will take an up-close look at some of the living and non-living features of local ecosystems. Students will use critical-thinking skills to investigate species loss and brainstorm sustainable solutions.
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Biodiversity
Pre/Post Visit Lessons, Grades 3-5
Pre/Post  Visit Lessons, Grades 6-12

updated 09/2013