The Deering Estate at Cutler offers on-site and in-school programming opportunities, lesson plans and teacher education workshops that are designed to bring participatory art and science curriculum to teachers, youth and their families to create global citizens better equipped to provide solutions to critical urban problems today, tomorrow and for our future. Five complete lesson plans with a concurrent focus on environmental stewardship and ecoart are available to teachers and the general public for free via the website. All programs are correlated to the Sunshine State Standards and are FCAT compatible. They are structured to engage participants in interactive, positive and balanced activities that help foster an understanding and appreciation as they think critically about the world around them. Conservation in urban areas helps protect our history, our ecosystems, our health, and ultimately has the power to bring people together. The following five lesson plans will help students learn the importance of urban reforestation, how plants are vital to us, how we, as humans, have and continue to interact with our environment, the functions of the ecosystems that surround us, and interconnectedness of nature.
- Urban Reforestation: Make Your Own Pland ID Guide, Taking Care of Urban Forests, Tree’s Life Game, Draw an Urban Forest
- Plants: Plants, Soils, and Nutrients, Oh My!, Oxygen & Elodea, Space for Species, Falling Leaves
- Ethnobotany: Build a Campsite, Ethnobotany Hike, Leaf Preservations, Painting with Nature’s Colors
- Systems: Identifying Soil Layers, An Investigation into the Properties of Soil, Field Sampling Techniques, Aquifer Adventure
- Web of Life: Create a Terrarium, The Earth Bowl, Bird Adaptations, The Survival Game
Field Study Trips
The Deering Estate at Cutler is an assured destination for a wealth of experiential and recreation based educational programs that are aligned with local and state standards of learning. The Living Classroom at the Deering Estate at Cutler serves as an environmental education center for all of Miami-Dade County. The 444 acre Estate encompasses globally endangered pine rockland habitat, among the largest blocks of this ecosystem remaining in the United States, as well as coastal tropical hardwood rockland hammocks, mangrove forests, salt marshes, a coastal dune island and the submerged resources of Biscayne Bay. It is one of the few remaining Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) in Miami-Dade County. As well, the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
All of our Field Study Trips include web-based, pre- and post-activity guides, interactive tours, on-site projects and can be modified to fit a particular school’s or group’s environmental science and eco-art interests.
On-Site Field Study Trips can accommodate up to 2 groups of 40 participants simultaneously. Field Study Trips are led by Education and Interpretive Staff and include one (1) Field Study and one (1) tour/hike during their visit: Fee: $9 per participant (cost of materials is included in the fee).
For more information on the Deering Estate at Cutler’s Native Flags Field Studies, please contact the Education and Interpretive Staff at 305-235-1668 ext. 242. Native Fla