Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Contact: Tracy Calla, Manager of School and Family Programs
941-366-5731 ext 273

Starting cost per student: $7

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Created by the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens especially for 7th Grade Life Science students, to extend their field trip on the Carefree Learner.  This field study specifically focusing on estuaries and mangroves will broaden students’ understanding of the coastal wetlands of Southwest Florida and our individual and societal interconnectedness with these precious ecosystems.  Students will discover the unique traits that allow mangroves to survive and thrive in a wetlands environment, and explore how the maze of the mangrove root system contributes not only to coastal wetlands and estuary ecosystems, but to nearby ecosystems as well. Leaf sorting and bark rubbing activities will help students identify the three types of mangroves native to Florida. The tour concludes at our new dock on Hudson Bayou, where students will board the Carefree Learner.

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For student groups who are not booked on the Carefree Learner, please see our similar “Fantastic Florida” exploration.


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