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Immerse your students in hands-on learning as they explore our 83-acre living museum. Staff members and trained docents lead the students through a variety of activities designed to stimulate interest and foster inquiry. During their field study, all students engage in interactive investigations, participate in a propagation lesson in the outdoor classroom and take a botanical souvenir home.
These programs offer guided, grade specific tours for grades K-5 students, and are aligned with Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Please copy, share and implement the pre and post-visit activities provided below. The field study experience combined with pre and post-visit activities will enhance your students' FCAT performance and environmental understanding.
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Living with Plants - Grades K-2, Mondays
Plants are amazing! Students will discover plants from root to shoot as they journey through Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, participate in a plant part scavenger hunt, color matching activity, and meet some trees with high cultural, commercial and historical value.
Explorer Program Policies Vocabulary List Post-visit Activity: Flower Friends
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Pre-visit Activity: P.L.A.N.T.S. Needs Post-visit Activity: What's in the Soil
Pre/Post Visit Activities Pre-visit Activity: Plant Parts Plant Care and Information
Pre-visit Activity: Things We Get From Plants Suggested Reading
Life in a Rainforest - Grade 3, Wednesdays
Discover the plants that gave us chewing gum, vanilla and chocolate in Florida's largest rainforest exhibit. Students use hand lenses to take a closer look at the plants, insects and decomposers found on the forest floor. Guides demonstrate authentic rainforest tools and toys as students compare their lifestyle with that of the Chachi people of the Ecuadorian rainforest.
Explorer Program Policies Vocabulary List Post-visit Activity: The Water Cycle
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Pre-visit Activity: Life in the Layers Plant Care and Information
Pre/Post-visit Activities Pre-visit Activity: All About Biodiversity Websites for More Information
Where We Live - Grade 4, Tuesdays
South Florida is home to a variety of unique ecosystems. Students investigate mangrove and pine rockland ecosystems by identifying native plants, searching for native wildlife and digging in the soil. The day ends with students acting out a food web to demonstrate how energy flows through a mangrove ecosystem.
Explorer Program Policies Vocabulary List Post-visit Activity: Mangrove Connections
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Pre-visit Activity: Ecosystem News Plant Care and Information
Pre/Post-visit Activities Pre-visit Activity: Soil Detectives Websites for More Information
Tropical Explorations - Grade 5, Thursdays
Photosynthesis and plant reproduction come alive as students learn about tropical plants and discover some astounding relationships between animals and plants. Using hand lenses, students examine the reproductive parts of plants from spores and seeds to flowers and cones.
Explorer Program Policies Pre/Post Test Answer Key
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Pre-visit Activity: Photosynthesis Plant Care and Information
Pre/Post Visit Activities Pre-visit Activity: Plant Reproduction Websites for More Information
Vocabulary List Post-visit Activity: What's the Weather? Measurement Worksheet
Butterflies and Botany - Grades K-5, Fridays
Butterflies do more than just flutter and impress, they are important pollinators who help plants produce some of our favorite foods! Through laboratory activities, students will learn about the parts of a butterfly and the butterfly lifecycle. Students will also visit The Wings of the Tropics, our new butterfly exhibit, where they will learn about butterfly behavior as they observe thousands of live butterflies.
Explorer Program Policies Pre-visit Activity: Flower Friends Post-visit Activity: Design Your Own Flower
Pre/Post Visit Activities Pre-visit Activity: Butterfly Life Cycle Answer Key
Vocabulary List Post-visit Activity: Anatomy of Butterflies Plant Care and Information