Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Around the Bend Nature Tours through Sarasota Audubon Society

Contact: John Freeman

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info: Call for assistance with bus cost calculation. Several FREE trips are available through funding secured by Sarasota Audubon through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation..

Max. Capacity: 60

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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In this inquiry-based activity provided by Around the Bend Nature Tours through the Sarasota Audubon Society, students discover the basic characteristics that make an animal a bird, and learn how to use visual clues to identify different species of birds.  Students also learn the basics of using binoculars. Students will discover the agricultural and natural history of the Celery Fields and its importance as a storm water management area for Sarasota County.

While engaging a Limpkin role-playing game students will discover how difficult it is to survive as a Limpkin. Students will learn that the Limpkin has a specialized diet of apple snails.  Students will understand that some Limpkins have a difficult time surviving due to habitat loss.

Students rotate among 3 Activities

  • Bird ID with binoculars
  • Nature Walk with binoculars
  • Limpkin Game – active role-playing

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