L earn about Florida’s plants and animals by exploring collections, hiking and participating in socially distanced activities!
These unique events give participants:
- An up-close look at Museum specimens to learn about the collections and their importance
- The chance to take part in activities relating to Florida’s wildlife
- A special hike and personalized tour of the creatures that live in local parks
This program is aimed at K-6 graders and all youth must be accompanied by a paid adult. Register early as there are limited spots available!
Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be implemented at all times during the event.
Most park explorations include short hikes on marked trails. Plan ahead to make the most of your time in nature.
- Up to 1 mile of hiking (strollers not recommended).
- We could potentially get up to 30 minutes away from restrooms during the hike.
- Bring a reusable water bottle.
- Wear appropriate footwear and clothes that can get dirty.
- You might want some bug spray!
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As we develop these guided tours, we are also offering videos and material so you can explore at your own pace on your own time. Want to take a self-guided exploration of the pollinators of Paynes Prairie?
In October 2020, we took students and adults on a tour of Paynes Prairie State Preserve. Explore the park and pollinators with these three videos as a starting point for your own adventure!
Introduction to Paynes Prairie State Preserve
Learn About Pollinators
Make Your Own Pooter
In November 2020, we took students and adults on a tour of Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park with Gabriel Somarriba, graduate student at the Museum’s Ichthyology Collection. Explore the park and fishes with these videos and a fish ID guide as a starting point for your own adventure!
Fishes in Florida Springs
Download our easy photo guide to some of the most common fishes you’ll discover in Florida’s springs:
Browse the whole gallery of Florida’s freshwater fishes:
Introduction to Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Learn About Fishes at Springs
In February 2021, we took students and adults on a tour of Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park with Carmi Thompson, a collection manager here at the Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology Collection. Explore the park and Florida’s geology with these videos as a starting point for your own adventure!
Introduction to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Meet a Paleontologist and Learn about Geology!
We have a kit available in the Collectors Gift Shop offering kid-sized tools and guides to Florida’s natural world. Kits include a one-day parking pass to many of our state parks.