Homeschool Field Trip Programs
HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Students and adults alike will discover the Indian River Lagoon by land and sea! Dolphins, manatees, birds, and other marine life may be encountered as the naturalist describes the lagoon and inhabitants aboard our 40 person pontoon. Participants will disembark onto a remote island in the lagoon to explore in depth. Each month will focus on a different topic, providing an engaging educational experience.
This program is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. once each month throughout the school year.
September 27 • Food Web Wonders
From big to small, every link matters in the Indian River Lagoon food chain. Let’s discover and discuss the amazing world of energy transfer!
October 25 • Creature Connection
As we cruise through the Indian River Lagoon, we will drag a trawl net to see what is swimming behind us and discuss the critters that inhabit the most biodiverse estuary in North America during the cooler months.
November 15 • Climate, Weather, and the Water Cycle
Sounds the same right? Nope! Discussing the differences between climate, weather, weathering, erosion and how humans influence these processes.
December 13 • Habitat Investigation
The IRL holds four vital habitat types where wildlife of all sizes feed, hide, rest and grow. On this trip, we will identify the habitats using their unique characteristics and discuss habitat health!
January 24 • Migration Mania
When temperatures plunge so do birds . . . down to warmer weather! Why do animals migrate and what are the best ways to help them thrive during their migrations?
February 21 • Creature Connection
As we cruise through the Indian River Lagoon, we will drag a trawl net to see what is swimming behind us and discuss the critters that inhabit the most biodiverse estuary in North America and compare our findings to October’s creature connection findings.
April 24 • Where Do We Belong?
Learning about scientific classification and how it helps us understand the animal kingdom
May 8 • Gastropods and Crustaceans: A Love Story
These critters are phenomenal examples of biodiversity in the IRL and we will venture out to experience a variety of species and explore the relationships between the two groups.
"To protect and restore Florida's coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."