Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Explore Florida’s mangroves and estuaries at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus (grades 6-8) 

This exploration was created by 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 Gardens’ 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. Aboard the Carefree Learner students will investigate the beautifully biodiverse Sarasota Bay, discover the living and non-living elements of an estuarine ecosystem, and have an up-close and personal encounter with some of the creatures who call this important estuary home. 

To book a trip on the Carefree Learner, please visit Trips and transportation are free for Sarasota County Schools middle school students in a life science course (7th grade). All other grades start at $15 per student, transportation not included. 

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

Ready to book? Fill out our School Tour Booking Request form here! 



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