Created by the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens especially for middle and high school science classes to extend a 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 stroll along Selby’s beautiful bayfront to discover the unique traits that allow mangroves to survive and thrive in coastal conditions, and explore how the maze of the mangrove root system contributes not only to coastal wetland and estuary ecosystems, but to nearby ecosystems as well. Students will learn how to identify the three types of mangroves native to Florida, and will come away with a deeper appreciation of the valuable ecosystem services provided by these fascinating members of the plant kingdom. The tour concludes at our dock on Hudson Bayou, where students will board the Carefree Learner.
Funding available! Please see http://www.cfsarasota.org/Nonprofits/Apply-for-a-Grant/EdExplore-Grants
For student groups who are not booked on the Carefree Learner, please see our similar “Fantastic Florida” exploration.
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