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Kindergarten students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of four area children’s attractions, Jungle Island, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum, or ZooMiami. Educators understand the importance of providing students with 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 attractions and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience.
The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below. 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.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami , Florida 33132
Take off on a worldwide adventure at Jungle Island. Hop on over to Australia, and see the Red kangaroo exhibit; welcome our lovable lemurs, direct from Madagascar; marvel at our smartly dressed South African Penguins. No journey is complete without a visit to our Everglades Habitat, a true replica of the Florida Everglades. Field Trips have always been an extension to classroom learning, but we’ve combined educational shows and exhibits, to help make a school’s visit to Jungle Island more of a Jungle Exploration. Winged Wonders opens with a cockatoo riding a bicycle, an act that has delighted guests for much of the park’s history. Dr. Wasabi’s Wild Adventures will unveil some of the world’s most fascinating animals. There's a lot more to see and do, so bring your group and open their eyes the many wonders of science, discovery and learning.
Miami Children’s Museum
980 Macarthur Causeway
Miami, Florida 33132
When visiting the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) through the Cultural Passport program, students will be taken on our Guided Exploration Tour where they will learn about art, culture, community and communication through play. During this educational experience, students will explore nearly all MCM’s fourteen interactive gallery spaces. Starting November 2012, MCM will be host to Pirate Island, an interactive exhibit which will take students on a swashbuckling adventure while teaching them about navigation, culture and history. So whether it’s learning to create healthy meals in our supermarket, checking vital signs in our emergency room, or performing on stage in our cruise ship, students will play, learn, imagine and create their way to learning.
Miami Science Museum
3280 S. Miami Avenue
Miami , FL 33129
The Miami Science Museum inspires visitors of all ages to enjoy science and technology, to better understand ourselves and our world. The Museum welcomes over 20,000 school children each year, providing an exciting mix of hands-on science, live animals, demos and shows. For Kindergarten students in the Cultural Passport program, the Museum is offering an age-appropriate experience including three components: a planetarium or live theater show; our outdoor Wildlife Center featuring up-close encounters with live reptiles and raptors; and a hands-on science activity led by trained staff, where children engage in small groups to explore basic science concepts related to life science and physical science. Three different hands-on modules will be offered during the year: Shells (Fall); Feathered Friends (Winter); and Busy Buzzing Bees (Spring). Teachers will receive supplemental materials to take back to the classroom, for integrating related math, creative art and language activities post-visit.
1 Zoo Boulevard
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177
With over 300 acres, Zoo Miami is home to more than 2,000 animals living in large open-air and indoor exhibits that approximate the animals’ natural habitats and provide guests the feel of a safari. See Bengal tigers, birds, elephants, frogs, giraffes, kangaroos, komodo dragons, okapi and much more! Guests can enjoy daily wildlife shows, a children’s zoo, camel rides, giraffe and pelican feedings, meet-the-zookeeper presentations, tram tours, safari cycles, an elevated monorail, waterplay areas, and many interactive exhibits making Zoo Miami a unique experience for all ages.
To help plan your field trip, visit us online and click on Zoo Miami Education. You’ll find different activity guides under Teacher Resources and more information on how to prepare and what to expect on your visit under Field Trips. We look forward to your visit!