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Nature Adventures, 10:00 - 11:00 am (1 hour)
Fee:  $1.00 per student
Preschoolers will take a short nature walk, search for butterflies and meet some animal friends.

KINDERGARTEN
Butterflies and Birds, 10:00 - 11:30 am (1.5 hours)

Fee:  $1.00 per student
Students will explore our native pine flatwood forest while searching for nests, birds, caterpillars and butterflies. Students will learn about the butterfly life cycle, inspect a butterfly egg, chrysalis and even a live butterfly’s tongue. We end with a butterfly release and a visit from one of our resident birds.


FIRST GRADE / SECOND GRADE
Animal Homes and Habitats,10:00 am - 12:00 pm (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 nests, tree cavities, webs and burrows; examine a gopher tortoise burrow and some of our resident animals.


SECOND GRADE / THIRD GRADE
Nature Detectives, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm (2 hours)

Fee:  $1.00 per student
Find the clues that animals leave behind. Students will become familiar with our pine flatwood and wetland habitats as they search for "clues" (snake skins, burrows, scat, tree cavities, footprints, feathers, etc.). Students will use magnifying lenses and tweezers to inspect and deductive reasoning to sort out clues. After the activity, students will meet some native animals (the "clue" makers) up close.

Also available - Reptile, Insect and Marine Programs


FOURTH GRADE
SWAMP, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (2 hours)

Fee:  $3.00 per student
This program introduces students to one of Florida's most valuable resources - wetlands. Students learn the ecological concept of food chains/webs using a wetland habitat to demonstrate the roles of producers and consumers. Students will use dip nets to collect wetland organisms and use microscopes to make closer observations. Students will play a game that helps to illustrate the roles of predator, prey and environment in a food web.


FOURTH GRADE / FIFTH GRADE*
Raptor Mania (Birds of Prey), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (2 hours)

Fee:  $3.00 per student
Students will walk in our pine flatwood forest and wetland areas to observe raptor habitats. They will meet several live raptor species up close and personal, while learning about their adaptations, behavior, ecological importance, and natural history. Students will dissect an owl pellet to find the skeleton inside.

We are adaptable! We will tailor our program to fit your needs. Please let us know if you have a particular interest or concept that you would like us to focus on. Our programs are designed to meet Sunshine State Standards.

ALSO AVAILABLE
Programs for Middle School / High School

  • Marine Biology
  • Raptors
  • Adaptations
  • Reptiles
  • Fire Ecology program

Please call the Nature Center to request a field trip reservation form. (561) 233-1400
-No fee for supervising adults-

 

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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