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Grade 8
Ecological

Eighth Grade students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of six ecological experiences, Bill Baggs State Park (tour provided by HistoryMiami), Conservation Miami (at HistoryMiami), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Matheson Hammock (tour provided by HistoryMiami), or Urban Parks of Greater Miami (tour provided by The Urban Tour Host). Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected ecological sites and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience. Thank you for your commitment to the students of Dade County as you allow them to experience all that the Miami-Dade County has to offer.

Curriculum Resources

Site-Specific:

Bill Baggs State Park
1200 S. Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Description
Enjoy beautiful views of Stiltsville, the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse and the Miami skyline.  Students will explore the lush vegetation that exists in this coastal tropical hardwood hammock.  Bill Baggs State Park shows how concerted conservation efforts can change and island previously cleared for development into the protected environment it is today.  Students will be able to walk around various types of vegetation and animal life, as well as see the forming of a coral reef off the tip of the island.

Contact
Griselda Chavarria (HistoryMiami)
305.375.1625
gchavarria@historymiami.org

Conservation Miami
HistoryMiami
101 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Curriculum
Conservation Miami Study Guide

Description
Miami is known for its tropical environment and South Florida for its diverse ecosystems.  Learn about the beautiful natural environments of our area, how various people from Paleo-Indians, farmers and developers have used them over time, and what we are doing now to help save these areas for future generations.  The group will participate in a lively debate activity pertaining to land use and conservation in Southern Florida.

Contact
Griselda Chavarria (HistoryMiami)
305.375.1625
gchavarria@historymiami.org

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156

Curriculum
Biodiversity Study Guide

Description
Science and technology come together for students in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Biodiversiy: Cultivating Healthy Ecosystems program. Students learn about species richness as they discover various ways in which living beings contribute to the health of ecosystems. Using the same methods that scientists use to measure biodiversity, students will take an up-close look at some of the living and non-living features of local ecosystems. Students will use critical-thinking skills to investigate species loss and brainstorm sustainable solutions.
The program is designed to engage students in environmental inquiry and understanding, while meeting Sunshine State Standards.

Contact
Marilyn Caputo
305.667.1651 x3322
mcaputo@fairchildgarden.org

Matheson Hammock
9610 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33156

Curriculum
Matheson Hammock Study Guide

Description
Visit a rare example of a tropical hardwood hammock, as well as other terrestrial and marine habitats on this outing.  Matheson Hammock was donated to the City of Miami in the early days of its existence and has served as a learning environment of what was once in this city we now call home.  Students will examine the ways humans have survived in this region for more than 10,000 years and gain a better understanding of the ecosystem and of environmental conservation efforts.

Contact
Griselda Chavarria (HistoryMiami)
305.375.1625
gchavarria@historymiami.org


Urban Parks of Greater Miami
Various Locations

Description
This academic enrichment program combines elements of South Florida Ecology along with South Florida History and includes some of the most magnificent parks of the City of Miami. Simpson Park is a "mini forest", and the remaining part of the most impressive once, "Brickell Hammock". This is  the best place in Miami to learn about the native hardwood trees and upland ecology that were once so prolific in the pioneer landscape of early Miami.

Other sites that we will select from,  if time permits include: Bayfront Park, born from Miami's oldest park. Brickell Park with its impressive bay view and historical connection to the Brickell Family. Miami Circle Park is dedicated to telling the history of Miami's earliest settlers, the Tequesta Indians. Lummus Park has the old Wagner Homestead and the historic Fort Dallas.

Contact
David Brown (Urban Tour Host)
305.416.6868
urbantoursmiami@aol.com

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