Online Virtual Exploration

Provider: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Contact: Anastasia Sallen, Director of Environmental Education
941-366-5731 x 273

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity:

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Explore pioneer life at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus!

Designed for 4th grade students, this exploration introduces students to what we know about pioneer life at Historic Spanish Point.

This exploration features a pre-recorded video tour (~33 minutes) of the Guptill House, Boatyard, and Packing House at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus with Selby Gardens staff. Students will learn about what brought pioneers like the Webbs and Guptills to Historic Spanish Point and what their day-to-day lives looked like. They will also learn about the research methods used to gather information about pioneer life.

This exploration is accompanied by an interdisciplinary curricular unit, with 7 activities that thoughtfully combine numerous instructional standards in social studies, science, math, and language arts. Students will analyze primary sources like historians, build boats to sharpen both STEM and financial literacy skills, and even learn about the delicious science behind churning butter!

Ready to book? Fill out the School Tour Booking Request Form here



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