Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Contact: Manager of School and Family Programs

Phone: 941-366-5731, ext. 237

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 60

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No

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Explore Soil Content and Composition with  a Soil Analysis Lab  at Selby Gardens.

By scooping distinct types of soil into two buckets, students will examine what comprises soil as well as the types of plants that grow in either type.  Guides will demonstrate coastal soil vs. soil with more humus/other organic matter. Students sort and compare various soil samples and record their findings.  Sample soil components include both organic matter (leaf and plant debris, animal waste, insect remains, and humus) and inorganic materials (rock, sand, and silt).

(Optional Extension for 6th-12th grade students: “What Makes Soil ‘Good’?” A mathematically-driven lab where student computation and graphing of data on a ternary diagram allows students to visualize how soil is determined to be “good” for supporting plant growth.) 

Standards/Benchmarks:

SC.6.E.6.1, SC.7.E.6.1, SC.7.E.6.2, SC.7.E.6.6, SC.912.E.6.2

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