School or Group Field Trips


The Steinberg Nature Center at Tropical Audubon Society offers a variety of free environmental and historical education programs to schools and other interested groups. Each program begins with a guided tour of our circa 1931 Doc Thomas House headquarters (a National Historic Landmark), followed by a tour of the Steinberg Nature Center grounds, comprised of native Pine Rockland and Hardwood Hammock habitats. These tours run between 45 minutes to an hour. Field trip leaders are then encouraged to select one or more of the following programs:

Extinction

This fun, hands-on program teaches students about bird species that have become extinct, challenges them to consider why it happened and educates them on how to help ensure that it does not happen to other bird species in the future.

Approx. 40 minutes; best suited to grades K-3

Identifying Birds

Birding is reportedly the world’s second-most popular hobby and is an extremely rewarding way to enjoy the outdoors. In this program, students are taught the basics of how to identify birds. They can then put their newly learned skills to the test with interactive bird identification activities.

Approx. 40 minutes; best suited to grades 4-8

Adaptation

Billions of birds compete for a limited food supply on Earth. We look at three local wading birds and explore how each has adapted to maximize its own feeding ability. The students then take on the role of the birds to discover how well they would do if they were birds foraging in the Everglades.

Approx. 30 minutes; best suited to grades 4-8

Bird Banding

How do we know so much about the incredible journeys undertaken by so many migratory birds each year? Through the tireless efforts of men and women running banding stations up and down the various Flyways that exist throughout the world, we have learned a great deal about how these inordinate feats of endurance are achieved. Students can participate in a simulated banding session to see what it’s all about.

Approx. 30 minutes; best suited to grades 4-8

The Pioneer Challenge

We have all become quite accustomed to the creature comforts and conveniences of our modern world. For early pioneers who attempted to establish themselves in South Florida about 150 years ago, things were much more difficult. This activity calls on students to make use of the information made available to them at the Steinberg Nature Center to learn how well they would resolve challenges once faced by area pioneers.

Approx. 20 minutes; best suited to grades 4-8


To book a tour, please contact education specialist, Sandy Koi.  

Office: 305-667-7337