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A Science Class Pass will enable students to have an educational field experience related to science through Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Cultural Passport program. Availability is very limited, so review the options below and click the Application link beneath the Cultural Passport heading on this page to apply.

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.

Curriculum Resources

For All Science:

Site-Specific:

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

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

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.


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

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Curriculum
Biodiversity Study Guide
Biomimicry Pre-Post
Butterfly Pre-Post

Description
Science and technology come alive in the Garden as students embark on an interdisciplinary learning adventure. Students are equipped with navigation technology as they work together to travel their way to hands-on activity stations located throughout the Garden. Choose one of these three different topics:

BIOMIMICRY: DESIGNED BY NATURE
How do geckos defy gravity? How did a seed inspire the invention of Velcro? What can a cactus teach us about water conservation? Students will explore a variety of interesting adaptations in the arid garden and rainforest exhibit to brainstorm how nature can inspire innovative solutions to contemporary environmental issues.

SYMBIOSIS: BUTTERFLIES AND PLANTS
Students search for caterpillars and butterflies, identify host and nectar plants, and investigate the interdependent relationship between butterflies and plants. Each activity station represents a stage in the insect life cycle using inquiry-based activities to demonstrate symbiosis. Students learn about South Florida native butterflies, how to identify them, and how to conduct a citizen science project.

BIODIVERSITY: CULTIVATING HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS
Students learn about species richness as they take an up-close look at some of the living and non-living features of ecosystems and discover various ways in which living beings contribute to the health of ecosystems. Students are immersed in the same research methods that scientists use to measure biodiversity as they participate in a butterfly behavior citizen science data collection project. Critical thinking skills will be employed to investigate species loss and brainstorm sustainable solutions.


Matheson Hammock
9610 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33156

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

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.


Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science
3280 S. Miami Avenue
Miami , FL 33129

Description
For middle and high school students in the Cultural Passport program, the Miami Science Museum is offering several fun and interactive programs that relate the Sunshine State Standards to the real world of science. Each trip includes a live demonstration and a hands-on activity along with a block for lunch and the option of a planetarium show or free time in our exhibits to round out your trip.

Our MiaSci Marine Life program offers students the chance to observe and explore the secrets of an Indo-Pacific coral reef by touring our new Sea Lab. Students will also have the chance to explore the anatomy of sea creatures by participating in a dissection! MiaSci Marine Life is a great way to integrate the practice of science with the understanding of diversity and evolution in living organisms while getting your hands wet!

Our Energy Works program allows students to explore the laws of energy and physics by using several hands-on exhibits spread throughout the museum. Students will participate in our Energy Challenge and compete against their classmates while experiencing how energy changes from one form to another. Students will also get a crash course on how we use electricity to power our lives in our live show Shocking Science. We may even get their hair to stand on end with one of the many tools scientists use to detect a form of energy that moves at the speed of light.


Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road 
Pinecrest, Florida 33156

Dates
Tours scheduled from January through June 2014.

Description
Guided programs through the diverse ecosystems and rich history of this 80 year old site are led by trained facilitators or our on-staff Horticulturist to allow for a meaningful learning experience. There are 7 major ecotypes on the property, a spectrum of wildlife both aquatic and terrestrial, and an up-close encounter with the natural world. There is a rainforest, a hardwood hammock, cypress slough, desert garden and much more to offer students from a wide range of lifestyles and demographics. Our educational programs are designed to support Florida Learning Standards and utilize active garden experiences to engage students in cross-curricular investigations, as well as meet Nature face-to-face in a user-friendly environment. Tours are available from January to June 2014.



Urban Parks of Greater Miami Tour

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

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.

Tours include:

  • Simpson Park - 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.
  • Bayfront Park - born from Miami's oldest park
  • Miami Circle Park - dedicated to telling the history of Miami's earliest settlers, the Tequesta Indians
  • Lummus Park - including the old Wagner Homestead and the historic Fort Dallas

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