Polk's Nature Discovery CenterPolk'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.
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 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR CLICK HERE
2017-2018 Registration Coming SOON!
Program 1 Program 2
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.
Natural Resources Educator
Parks and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Lands Program
(863) 668-4673 ext. 204
Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland, FL 33803