Polk's Nature Discovery Center

Polk's Nature Discovery Center

Water, Wildlife and Wilderness Field Study Visits (grades 3-5)

Ready to let your students discover the wondrous water, wildlife and wilderness Polk County has to offer them?

Then register your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade class or school group for an adventurous, engaging trip to Circle B Bar Reserve!  Students will learn about the natural world while completing different learning activities in an outdoor setting, just like researchers and scientists in a biology field!  These programs correlate with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Interdependence, Heredity/Reproduction and Nature of Science Unit topics and is structured in a STEM, inquiry-based lesson.  Once schools head back to their respected classrooms, teachers have the field studies data to probe further into the curriculum by using the students experiences to guide the rest of the instruction.

 

 new iconTwo different Water, Wildlife and Wilderness program options that align                                             with NGSSS Science for grades 3 - 5. 

 

Program 1: Seasonal Changes in Florida Plants/Animals and Impacts on the Environment 

                (NGSSS – Science - SC.3.L.15.1, 15.2, 17.1; SC4.L. 16.2, 16.3, 17.1, 17.4; 

                 SC.5.L. 15.1, 15.2; and Math -MAFS.4.MD. 1.1, 1.3; NBT 1.1, 1.2; OA. 1.2;

                 and K12.MP. 1.1-8.1) 

 

Program 2: NEW - Life Cycles and the Flow of Energy (food chains)   

                         (NGSSS – Science – SC.3.L. 15.1, 15.2,17.2; SC.4.L. 16.4, 17.2, 17.3, 17.4; 

                          SC.5.L. 15.1, 15.2; and Math - MAFS.4.MD. 1.1, 1.3; NBT 1.1, 1.2; OA. 1.2;

                          and K12.MP. 1.1-8.1) 

 

TO REGISTER FOR A FIELD STUDIES VISIT: ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR CLICK HERE

                   Program 1                                               Program 2

FLEET students at Southwest Middle School identifying macros after dip netting      Swamp Tromp

                  

Preparing for Your Visit

Please print and read the entire Field Studies Teacher Handbook to help prepare for your scheduled trip. Information includes a timeline of teacher paperwork preparation, scheduling busing and administering Field Trip Forms.  A Pretest and Posttest, and data analysis scores, are required as part of our free program.  In addition, the Field Study 5E Lesson Plan is available below.

2016-2017 FIELD STUDIES TEACHER HANDBOOK

FIELD STUDIES LESSON PLAN


INTERDEPENDENCE UNIT LESSON PLANS

 

Contact Information

Cassie Arsenault

Natural Resources Educator

Parks and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Lands Program

nreducator@polk-county.net

(863) 668-4673 ext. 204

Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland, FL 33803