ECO Experiences enable students to apply scientific processes and critical thinking skills to environmental problems. Through it all, our goal is to curate hearts and minds focused on environmental stewardship in the next generation of decision makers.
While identifying the biodiversity and water quality within Central Florida ecosystems, students will gain skills necessary to collect and analyze field data. All data collected on your trip will be added to online spread sheets with data collected at the same park by other schools. This data will allow powerful analysis to determine the natural seasonal changes that occur as well as the impact human activities have on these ecosystems and suggest solutions for change.
Spend some time outdoors at one of our local county or city parks for a lesson your class will never forget! If your school is near a particular park, give us a call and we can look into having the field trip at that location.
Invasive Aquatic Species- NEW!
Hydrilla and invasive apple snails are only a few of the invaders affecting Florida’s lakes. Explore the diversity of the headwaters of the Everglades and how humans impact it.
Location:Steffee Landing, Shingle Creek,Kissimmee
Estuaries and Marine Ecosystems- NEW!
Compare the diversity of Indian River Lagoon with that of the Atlantic Ocean & dissect one of the top predators.
Location: Bethune Beach, New Smyrna
Biodiversity and Lake Ecology
Discover how species diversity is impacted by humans by using indicator species to determine the health of an ecosystem. Highlights include dip netting for macroinvertebrates.
Locations: Moss Park, Bill Frederick Park, Lake Lotus Park
Springs and Sinkholes
Explore dry sinkholes and sedimentary rock which forms the aquifer. Learn about spring formation and the importance of wetlands. Witness the powerful water flowing from the springs and the diversity it supports.
Locations: Kelly Park, Apopka or Wekiva Springs
Sinkholes & the Florida Aquifer
Inspire your earth science students to uncover the origin of all Central Florida’s lakes and the importance of the aquifer. Learn about ecology and WInter Park history at one of the most recent lakes to form in Central Florida!
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Watersheds: Water, Water Everywhere, But Can We Drink It?
Connect the water cycle and watersheds to the real world. Students will collect water samples and identify invertebrates that indicate the health of a particular aquatic ecosystem.
Locations: Blanchard Park, Moss Park, Magnolia Park, Shingle Creek, Lake Lotus Park
Does your school property include some interesting ecosystems? If so, ECO can come to your property and conduct hands-on activities that will help your class value the ecosystem they encounter on a daily basis. Ideal lessons last between 1.5 to 2 hours, allowing for an in-depth study of the area. Call us for a customized plan!
Need someone to plan and help plant or refurbish a butterfly or vegetable garden? Want to create a bird watching area? ECO can come onto your campus and facilitate a project with one or more classes involved to create an outdoor learning space. Contact us to discuss your needs.