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Field Study Visits

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 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 respective 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.

  • Circle B Swamp Tromp
    Circle B Swamp Tromp
  • Circle B Swamp Tromp
    Circle B Swamp Tromp
  • Circle B Swamp Tromp
    Circle B Swamp Tromp
  • Circle B Swamp Tromp
    Circle B Swamp Tromp
  • Circle B Swamp Tromp
    Circle B Swamp Tromp
  • Circle B Swamp Tromp
    Circle B Swamp Tromp
  • Gopher Tortoise
    Gopher Tortoise
  • Circle B Seasonal Changes
    Circle B Seasonal Changes

NEW! Three 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: 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)

Program 3: Characteristics of Animals / Plants and the Nature of Science Program

(NGSS – Science - SC.4.L.16.2, 16.3; SC.4.L.17.4; SC.5.L.15.1; SC.5.L.17.1; SC.3.N.1.2-1.7; SC.4.N.1.2-1.8; SC.5.N. 1.3, 1.6; SC5.N.2.1, 2.2; and Math - MAFS.4.MD. 1.1, 1.3; NBT 1.1, 1.2; OA. 1.2; and K12.MP. 1.1-8.1)

Preparing for Your Visit

Please print and read the Field Studies Teacher Handbook to help prepare for your scheduled trip. Information includes a timeline of teacher paperwork preparation, bus scheduling, and handing out Field Trip Forms. In addition, the Field Studies Lesson Plan is available.

Contact Information

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program
Email:nreducator@polk-county.net
Office Phone:(863) 668-4673 ext. 204

Polk's Nature Discovery Center
At Circle B Bar Reserve

Location:4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL 33803

Phone Number:(863) 668-4673

Fax Number:(863) 668-4677

Discovery Center Hours

Tuesday-Saturday

Hours of Operation:9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday

Hours of Operation:12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Trail Hours

Monday-Sunday

Hours of Operation:6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Standard Time)

Hours of Operation:5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Daylight Savings Time)