Homeschool Programs

Florida Oceanographic Society offers self-guided and guided field trip options during the regular school year tailored towards homeschooled groups of students K-12th grade.

Please see program options and policies below.

For question or availability, please contact Michelle Byriel at 772-225-0505  ext. 116 or

Homeschool Program Options:


Self-guided Group Visit

Self-guided group rates are available to homeschool groups of 15 or more to explore the Coastal Center at their leisure and attend the daily public programs.

Price: $6.00 per person (child and adult); no free adults 

Availability: Monday-Friday, 10am – 5pm

Group Limitations:

  • Group size - 15 minimum / 50 maximum 
    • Groups arriving with less than 15 people will pay the regular admission rates 
  • The number of adults must be less than the number of children in the group 

Scheduling: Groups must pre-schedule to recieve group rate. 

Payment: Groups must arrive together and pay with ONE payment method to secure group rate. Late arrivals will pay regular admission.

Self-guided groups can download and print "Self-Guided Exploration Sheets” found below. These will help the chaperones lead the students through the facility and benefit mixed age groups as the sheets are tailored to each age range. Group policies still apply. 


Coastal Classroom Programs

Price: $12.00 per person (includes self-guided exploration before/after program) 

Time Frame: 1 hour Program

Program limits: 8 minimum / 20 maximum students per program; 10 adults max. 

Program Options:

  • Beach Walk -The group will head over to Stuart Beach to learn about dune habitats and Florida's nesting sea turtles then explore the wrack line to see what types of natural treasures can be found.
  • Guided Nature Walk - On this mile walk through the mangrove swamp and hardwood hammocks, the group will learn about these habitats, the Ais Indians who utilized them, and their connection with the Indian River Lagoon.
  • The Truth about Sharks -This powerpoint-based classroom program will teach students the biology of sharks along with debunking myths and highlighting the important role that these top predators play in the health of a food web.
Seining Adventure Program

Price: $14.00 per participant (students and adults)

Time frame: 2 hour guided program

Program limits: 10 minimum / 20 maximum students per program (Program maximum, including adults is 30 people)

Age levels: 8 years old and up

Includes: Guided walk down to the Indian River Lagoon, overview of estuary habitats, instruction on use of seine nets, wading and collecting species in the Indian River Lagoon, and review of collected species.

  • After (or before) the guided seining program, groups are welcome to explore the Coastal Center exhibits and tanks on their own. Groups have the option to attend the regular daily public programs, as timing allows. A changing facility and lunch pavilion are also available onsite.

Requirements: All participants must come prepared for the program with a completed waiver and proper footwear. Other program details are listed on the waiver. 

Please review the program policies on the form below.

Homeschool Program Request Form

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