Field Trip Options
Click here for our Field Study Packet for the 2016-2017 school year!
Please choose one (1) of the Field Study Trip Options and one (1) of the Tour/Hike options listed below:
Field Study Trip Options:
Simulation Archaeology Excavation
Subject: Social Studies Grade: K-5
Participants will learn about the people and cultures that existed in South Florida before modern development. They will utilize critical thinking skills and hands-on discovery learning methods to uncover real artifacts and their historic uses. Groups will apply archaeological survey methods to discover bones, pottery, and artifacts from a culture that once thrived thousands of years ago.
Owl Pellet Investigation
Subject: Biology Grade: K-5
Participants will learn about food chains in ecosystems, and the role that owls play in South Florida ecology. By applying the Scientific Method, they will be able to uncover the mysteries of what lies within an owl pellet. Participants will dissect their own pellet using a dichotomous key to identify the bone fragments found inside the pellet.
Catching Critters/Sea Grass Survey
Subject: Marine Science, Ecology Grade: 3-12
Participants will wade out knee deep in Biscayne Bay to explore the aquatic life of our seagrass communities, using nets to catch fish, shrimp and crabs in knee-deep water. Discovery based learning methods are applied in giving all participants a hands-on approach to the introduction of Marine Science. Staff will identify the different species that are caught, and give participants the chance to touch any animals that are safe to handle. Activity is modified to suit the targeted grade level and specific learning outcomes.
** This program involves students getting into the water in Biscayne Bay. Students and Teachers/Chaperones need to be prepared to get into the water with closed toe shoes and clothes that can get wet, as well as bring a change of clothes. We require Teachers and Chaperones to get in the water along with Deering Estate Educators for safety reasons.
Subject: Ecology, Biology, Marine Science Grade: 3-12
Participants will learn about the unique characteristics of fish as well as their anatomy and physiology. After an introduction, they will be led in groups through a step-by-step dissection of a fish, allowing them to get a hands-on understanding of both the external and internal anatomy of these important marine animals.
Subject: Ecology, Marine Science Grade: 3-12
Participants will learn about squids and their amazing adaptations. They will follow step-by-step instructions to perform a dissection of a squid, while learning about a its internal and external anatomy and observing characteristics that squid share with other animals in their phylum and class.
Build Your Own Terrarium
Subject: Ecology, Marine Science Grade: 3-8
Participants will make their own terrarium while learning about how a self-sustaining enclosed environment mimics many functions of our own ecosystem. They will learn about the water cycle as well as about nutrient cycling as they hike around the park collecting specific materials to add to their terrarium, such as a seedling, soil, sand, and gravel.
*Each child must bring a 2-liter bottle in order to make their own terrarium
Take a tour of the Deering Estate’s historic buildings, including the Stone House and the Richmond Cottage, to find out the history of the houses. Children will observe and make inferences about each room and will later participate in a scavenger hunt activity where the information and observations made throughout the tour will be used.
Scat & Track
The Deering Estate’s natural areas is home to several native mammals, including otters, foxes, opossums, and more. Although seeing them during the day is rather difficult, we can frequently see signs that they’ve been around by looking for things they leave behind, such as scat and tracks. Participants will hike through the natural areas looking for animal scat, and will try to analyze which animal it belongs to by taking into account location, size, shape, and contents.
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 in-sects and trees that make up this community. Cross over the historic Cutler Creek at the end of the walk to learn about the changing flow of water through the park and how South Florida’s early resi-dents made use of these natural resources
Mangrove Off-Trail Clean-Up/Hike
Participants will hike through the muddy mangrove trails, learning about the importance of mangrove forests while making their contribution to keep it healthy and clean, by picking up trash and reporting what was found. Participants will fill out a Citizen Science Worksheet categorize the trash items.
** Participants will get muddy; please wear old sneakers and remember to bring bug spray.
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