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2018-2019 Water, Wildlife and Wilderness Field Studies Program (Grades 3-5)

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Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Road

Lakeland, FL 33803

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Polk' Nature Discovery Center Field Studies Program connects children with science and the outdoors. The program, titled "Water, Wildlife and Wilderness" supports the Florida "inderpendence unit" education stardards for grades 3 - 5. Participating students will participate in activities, such as dip netting and bird beak adaptions, with practical field experiences to reinforce what they have or will learn in the classroom. Students will gain proficiency in taking measurements, making good observations and accuratley recording both. Being outdoors is a facinating experience, not scary! Choose between two programs: Life Cycles and the Flow of Energy (NEW) or Seasonal Changes in Florida Plants and Animals and Impacts on the Environment.

Life Cycles and the Flow of Energy Program

(water levels in the swamp, pictured above, vary by seasonal rain fall)

Seasonal Changes in Florida Plants and Animals and Impact on the Environment Program

(students observing aquatic wildlife after dip netting in a freshwater marsh)

Characteristics of Animals / Plants and the Nature of Science Program (NEW PROGRAM)

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(student participants will research and collect data on gopher tortoise burrows and their habitats)

Field Studies Program Mission Statement: The 3-5th grade Field Study Program at Polk's Nature Discovery Center will provide hands-on learning experiences in an outdoor setting that engage students in investigating the vaule of Polk County's nature resources. Through this exploration students will discover the interconnection between water, wildlife and wilderness; understand their impact on the enviornment; and foster a sense of personal stewardship towards the environment.

If busing is needed: Students, teachers and chaperones will be transported by their schools normal bus trasnportation from their school to the Center, and back to school. A maximum bus load is 60 TOTAL (50 students max, along with teachers). If you are providing your own groups transportation, please still only allow a maximum bus load of 60 TOTAL (50 students max, along with teachers).

A Pre and Post Test must be completed, and class averages must be sent to Polk's Nature Discovery Center staff for FREE bus transportation to occur. If the data is not recieved, the school WILL be billed for busing costs.

LINKS TO CURRICULUM at Polk's Nature Discovery Center


What can/can't I bring to the event?

School/Teacher MUST Bring: Permission slip forms with Emergency Contact Information; any medicines given by the school nurse; first aid kit; cold, pre-packaged lunches for each student participant, refillable water bottle for each student participant.

Students MUST WEAR close-toed shoes

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Cassie Ehlendt

Natural Resources Educator

863-668-4673 ext. 204

Are there grade restrictions and a student class maximum to enter the event?

YES: The Field Studies Program is only available for students in grades 3, 4, or 5 and a maximum of 50 students can participate per visit.


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Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Road

Lakeland, FL 33803

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