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Okeeheelee Nature Center School Programs


Okeeheelee Nature Center offers school programs for preschool through 5th grade. Each program includes live animals, is hands-on, and is correlated to grade-level curriculum and standards. Programs are offered Tuesday - Friday at 10:00am. If you want something different (topic, age group, time), please let us know when making your reservation, and we will do our best to meet your needs. For more information, please call the nature center at 561-233-1400. We look forward to working with your group!

What's CookingPRESCHOOL - Nature Adventures
1 hour; Fee:  $1.00 per student
This program is designed to introduce preschoolers to butterflies, owls, and reptiles! Children will take a short nature walk to look at where different critters live, and meet some animal friends.

KINDERGARTEN - Butterflies and Birds
1.5 hours;
Fee:  $1.00 per student
Come explore a few of our flying friends - birds and butterflies! Students will learn about the butterfly life cycle, and talk a walk through a butterfly garden. Students will also meet a feathered-friend to learn about the lives of birds (nests, eggs, feathers), and observe some wild birds that live in our nature preserve.
Benchmark: SC.K.L.14.3

FIRST GRADE - "Sense"sational Nature!
1.5 hours; $1.00 per student

Use your senses to explore nature! Students will go on a nature walk and participate in activities to learn how senses give information about the environment. Then, students will meet a variety of our live animals to find out how they use their senses to survive.
Benchmark: SC.1.L.14.1

SECOND GRADE - Animal Homes and Habitats
2 hours;
Fee:  $1.00 per student
What makes a good animal home? Students find out as they explore pine flatwood forest and wetland habitats and discuss what most animals need to survive (food, water, shelter and space). Students will search for animal homes (nests, tree cavities, webs, burrows), and then will meet some of our resident animals that could live in those places.
Benchmarks: SC.2.L.17.1 and SC.2.L.17.2

THIRD GRADE - Nature Detectives
2 hours;
Fee:  $1.00 per student
Students will become “Nature Detectives” and search for clues (snake skins, burrows, scat, tree cavities, footprints, feathers, etc.) to figure out who lives in our pine flatwood forest. Students will use magnifying lenses to examine clues from several of the groups of living things that are found in the forest (mammals, reptiles, birds, plants, insects). After the activity, students will meet some live clue-makers up close!
Benchmark: SC.3.L.15.1

FOURTH GRADE - SWAMP (Squishy Wetlands and Marshy Ponds)
2 hours;
Fee:  $3.00 per student
Who are the producers and consumers in a wetland habitat? Students will find out as they get in the water (calf-high) and use dip nets to collect pond organisms, and then closely inspect the critters to figure out each animal’s role in the food chain. Students will also play a game that illustrates the roles of predator, prey, and environment in a food web.
Benchmarks: SC.4.L.17.2 and SC.4.L.17.3 and SC.4.L.17.4
* Program is dependent upon water levels in the pond. Alternate activities are available.

FIFTH GRADE - Raptor Mania
2 hours;
Fee:  $3.00 per student
Raptors, also known as birds of prey, are a unique family of birds! Find out what all raptors have in common and learn about their adaptations, behavior, ecological importance, and natural history while walking through the nature preserve. Then students will dissect an owl pellet to find out what the owl ate and how they fit into the food web. Students will then meet a variety of our resident raptors, and learn how they can help wild raptors.
Benchmark: SC.5.L.17.1

RESERVATIONS
We will begin taking reservations for the 2014-2015 school year beginning August 11, 2014. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made well in advance, as we book up quickly. To book a program, complete a Reservation Request Form and email to onc@pbcgov.org or fax it to 561-233-1406. Once we receive your request, you will be contacted and scheduled. Please allow one week for staff to contact you regarding your request. We will then confirm your program in writing with a confirmation/invoice letter. Payment is due upon arrival to the program by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover only.

Please note:

  • There is a $30 minimum program charge.
  • We can only accommodate a maximum of 3 classes (or 60 students) per day. Please request multiple dates if needed.



 

Contact Information

 

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Okeeheelee Nature Center
Okeeheelee Park
7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33413
(one mile west of Jog Road)
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(561) 233-1400
Fax (561) 233-1406
E-mail: onc@pbcgov.org

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Staff

 
  • Clive Pinnock
    Manager
  • Pirjo Campitelli
    School Coordinator
  • Kelli Dorschel
    Naturalist / Volunteer Coordinator
  • Pamela Schneider
    Animal Caretaker
 

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