Field Trip Options
Please choose one (1) of the Field Study Trip Options and one (1) of the Tour/Hike options listed below:
Field Study Trip Options:
Subject: Social Studies, Science Grade: K-8
Learn about the people and cultures that existed in South Florida before modern development and work together to uncover and handle real artifacts and ecofacts in our demonstration archaeological site.
Owl Pellet Investigation
Subject: Biology Grade: 2-12
Through an owl pellet dissection activity, students will learn about the diet and behavior of owls, their role in South Florida ecology and the structure of food chains.
Catching Critters: Knee Deep
Subject: Marine Science, Ecology Grade: 3-12
Participants will wade out knee-deep into Biscayne Bay to explore the aquatic life of our seagrass communities using nets to catch fish, shrimp and crabs, along with anything else that shows up!.
The Life of Litter
Subject: Marine Science, Ecology Grade: K-12
Discover the real implications of littering in our oceans. Learn how long it takes for the earth to decompose some of the most commonly found pieces of litter. After a presentation, participants will utilize field sampling techniques to document and record litter found on the ocean’s shoreline. **Must be paired with the Marine Pollution Hike**
Subject: Ecology, Biology, Marine Science Grade: 3-12
Conduct a step-by-step dissection of a fish and gain a hands-on understanding of both the external and internal anatomy and physiology.
Take a tour of the Deering Estate’s historic buildings, including the Stone House and the Richmond Cottage, to find out how the Estate has changed hands, developed and grown since the first settlers relocated to South Dade. This hike includes a history scavenger hunt activity.
Natural Areas Hike
Join our naturalist staff for an hour-long hike through the Deering Estate’s protected natural areas. Along the way, learn about native plants and animals as you make your way to the Cutler Burial Mound, a centuries-old significant Tequesta site and important archaeological site
Walk along an elevated wooden boardwalk through a coastal tidal mangrove forest, observing the insects and trees that comprise this community. Learn how South Florida’s early residents made use of these natural resources.
Marine Pollution Hike
Participants will be given a Citizen Science Worksheet and trash bags while being guided into the natural areas of the Estate. There they will study and collect the litter found throughout the park. Participants will classify what the litter is made out of and how long it will take to decompose.
Native Flags Tour
Participants will tour around the Deering Estate grounds in search of Native Flags, a part of our collaborative eco-art project with Xavier Cortada. At each flag, students will learn about the importance and benefits of healthy, native urban tree canopies as well as the names and characteristics of South Florida’s native trees.
Field Study Outreaches:
Having trouble scheduling a visit to the Deering Estate? Not a problem! Our staff will be happy to bring our programs right to your classroom or event. We will provide a 1-hour interactive, hands-on program that includes all of the necessary materials as well as pre– and-post supplemental activities. Just give us a call and we’ll cater an outreach program to your needs. Themes can include but are not limited to:
- Marine Biology
- Team Building
Explorer Pack Program
The Explorer-Pack Program provides an opportunity for any group to visit the Estate and complete a field study independently at their own pace.
These are self-guided programs; each pack contains all of the materials and lesson plans for you to lead your group on your own unique educational adventure.
Our Explorer-Packs are available 7 days a week during our normal operating hours but must be reserved in advance by calling 305.235.1668 ext. 241
- WONDERS OF THE SKY: Review basic bird-watching skills and then put them to the test as you look for migratory and resident birds. Fill out species monitoring data sheets that will help us better under-stand the Deering Estate’s bird populations.
- HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Embark on an adventure through time as you explore the historic houses of the Deering Estate. Complete a scavenger hunt filled with fun facts and stories about the art, archi-tecture and historic objects you will encounter.