Field Trips

Field trips 

Florida Oceanographic Society’s educational field trip program is better than ever before! Teachers – we’ve heard your concerns about standards-based lessons, and have completely redesigned our K-5 field trip curricula to touch on a minimum of 9 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science per field trip. These fun, interactive field trips make use of the Coastal Center property and our “Conservation Ambassador” animals to teach children from pre-K through grade 12 about marine biology and the environment. 

Due to COVID-19, field trip availability is extremely limited. For the safety of your students, we are not currently offering field trip programming during our normal business hours. All field trips will be held while the Coastal Center is closed to other guests, ensuring a safe and completely private experience for your group. At this time, in-person field trips will be scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the Coastal Center is closed to the public.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (after 3:30 pm) are also available.  All students, teachers, and chaperons will be required to wear facial coverings, even while outdoors. Students, teachers, and chaperons who are experiencing symptoms that might be related to COVID-19, or who may have been exposed to the virus, are asked to refrain from attending these programs. Group size will dictate which exhibits are visited during field trip programming. Certain exhibits may not be available to larger groups. We reserve the right to modify field trip programming without notice to ensure the safety of your students and our staff members.

For more information about educational field trips to the Coastal Center, please contact Yasmeen Fadlallah at (772)225-0505 ext. 116 or yfadlallah@floridaocean.org.

Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

  • 90 minute program 
  • Guided field trip includes: grade-specific interactive lessons at various Coastal Center exhibits (group size will dictate which exhibits are visited).
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 30 max.
  • Program fee: $15.00 per student/adult 

Kindergarten Field Trip Information Sheet

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Elementary (1-5th) Level Programs

  • 2 hour program
  • Guided field trip includes: grade-specific interactive lessons at various Coastal Center exhibits (group size will dictate which exhibits are visited). 
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 35 max. 
  • Program fee: $15.00 per student/adult

 1-5th Grade Field Trip Information Sheets  

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Secondary (6-12th) Level Program

  • 3 hour program (1 hour virtual, 2 hours in person)
  • Guided field trip includes: Zoom or Skype-based classroom lesson, followed by an in-person interactive activity at the Coastal Center designed to further emphasize the lesson’s focus.
  • Options include:
    • Oyster Reefs as Habitat
    • Mingling with Mangroves
    • Focusing on Fishes
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 25 max.
  • Program fee: $18.00 per student/adult 

Coastal Center Experience 

A guided educational tour through Florida Oceanographic's various exhibits and nature trail. 

  • 3 hour program (1 hour virtual, 2 hours in person)
  • Secondary level (6th-12th) program 
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 25 max.
  • Price: $18.00 per student/adult

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Seining Adventure 

Seine netting in the Indian River Lagoon and exploration of exhibits or grade-based lesson. 

  • 3 hour water-based program
  • Appropriate for 4-12th grade classes
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 25 max.
  • Program fee: $20.00 per student/adult 

FLOORED (Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration Education and Discovery) Program

The ultimate hands-on experience! A 2-part program that starts with an interactive Zoom or Skype-based classroom lesson about oyster ecology and habitat restoration – followed by an in-water opportunity for your students to study oyster communities and assist with restoration science.

  • 4 hour program (1 hour virtual, 3 hours in person)
  • Secondary level (6th-12th) program 
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 25 max.
  • Price: $24.00 per student/adult

Virtual Field Trip Program 

Visit Florida Oceanographic without leaving your school. Stream a live, interactive lesson directly into your classroom using Zoom, Skype, or your school district's required platform.

For more information about our virtual field trips please visit our virtual field trip page

Coastal Center Experience 

A guided educational tour through Florida Oceanographic's various exhibits and nature trail. 

  • 3 hour program (1 hour virtual, 2 hours in person)
  • Secondary level (6th-12th) program 
  • Student limit: 15 min./ 25 max.
  • Price: $18.00 per student/adult