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: 25

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Explore Florida’s mangroves and estuaries!

Created especially for middle and high school life science classes by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, this exploration focusing on estuaries and mangroves will broaden students’ understanding of Southwest Florida’s coastal wetlands and Sarasota Bay, and our interconnectedness with these precious ecosystems.

This exploration features 2 pre-recorded video tours (~15 minutes each). 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 ecosystems, but to nearby ecosystems as well. The students will then virtually hop aboard the Carefree Learner for an investigation of 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.

Accompanying this virtual tour is a K-12 curricular unit exploring the unique contributions and environmental vulnerability of these amazing ecosystems.

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


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