For Educators

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  • Environmental Education Programs

    Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of fun, hands-on environmental education programs that provide an opportunity for students to get outside and learn about nature, in nature. For more information, or to schedule an environmental education visit for your class or group, please contact ARMLoxahatchee@fws.gov. 

    View the Rhythms of the Refuge: A Guide for Educators (PDF download, 16.3 MB)

  • Self-guided Activities and Programs

    Kindergarten
    In this activity, students will use their senses to observe the habitat of the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail and 1-mile Marsh Trail. They will describe what they hear, smell, feel, and see. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the Kindergarten Everglades Field Experience.

    First Grade
    During this activity, students will use their senses for a close-up experience with plants, animals, and habitats of the Everglades. They will distinguish differences in species on the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail and 1-mile Marsh Trail. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the First Grade Everglades Field Experience.

    Second Grade
    In this activity, students will collect temperature and weather data, and analyze the plants and wading birds that they observe on the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the Second Grade Everglades Field Experience.

    Third Grade
    Students will analyze weather conditions and species abundance. They will identify species and understand how the weather may have affected the amount of wildlife they observed on the 1-mile Marsh Trail. They will also observe the effects of sunlight on the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the Third Grade Everglades Field Experience.

    Fourth Grade
    Students will observe different plant species on the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail and different wading birds on the 1-mile Marsh Trail. The students will distinguish differences between species and draw conclusions about how those differences may benefit each species. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the Fourth Grade Everglades Field Experience.

    Fifth Grade
    Students will conduct scientific investigations by observing the beaks of various birds and collecting data to form conclusions. They will understand how behavioral and physical adaptations can help a species survive in their environment. This takes place on the 1-mile Marsh Trail. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the Fifth Grade Everglades Field Experience.

    Sixth - Twelfth Grade
    Students will test and compare Water Quality at two different locations on the Refuge. The teacher will need to provide scientific tools to test temperature, pH, and turbidity. From their results, students will determine how humans affect the Everglades and assess how healthy the environment is for wildlife. Activity duration: approximately 2 hours. Download the Water Quality Comparison.

    All Ages In The Classroom Activity
    Using a sponge to represent the freshwater systems of South Florida, students will take on the roles of “the Everglades,” “farmers,” “developers,” or the “human population.” Taking turns squeezing the sponge, they will understand how each sector contributes to using the fresh water of Florida. Then, students will lead a discussion about the importance of conserving water. Activity duration: approximately 1 hour. Download the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades Lesson Plan.