Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Around the Bend Nature Tours through Sarasota Bay Estuary PIER Program

Contact: John Freeman

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info: VERY IMPORTANT: We have important guidelines for max number of students per Guide. Please contact us first. Also, we will provide assistance with bus cost calculation - most of these trips are FREE!

Max. Capacity: 50

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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This field study is funded by the School District of Sarasota County through a SWFWMD grant for 5th Grade students. Don’t miss out on this free trip for 5th grade!

Students will explore the local Sarasota Bay estuary by wading into the grass flats at low tide. They will discover that this estuary, where freshwater mixes with saltwater, receives all of its freshwater from the watershed.’a0They will also learn what a watershed is and how the two are connected.

Students will identify and classify the animals that live in the estuary using a simple dichotomous key. The adjoining mangrove forest will be investigated to identify native plants and animals there. With these activities, students will discover how humans interact and are dependent on the natural world.

These standards-based activities will give students more experiences to write about and improve cognition by using different brain pathways by being outdoors. Field experiences enhance classroom learning. Contact us about grant funding.

Sites available: Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota and Bay Preserve in Osprey.


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