Check out the videos below to check some virtual field trips to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. These informational videos are all paired with a lesson plan provided by our Education Team.

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Dalton Discovery Center Walkthrough

Grades K-2

Take a guided nature center tour with Nerissa as she explores the Dalton Discovery Center! This field trip is designed for students in grades K-2, where they will learn about Southwest Florida ecosystems and the creatures that call it their home.

After the video, be sure to check out these post-lesson questions to see what you've learned.





Grades 3-5

For our Watery Wonders virtual field trip, you will learn all about Florida’s aquatic ecosystems as we explore our filter marsh. You’ll help him as you work like biologists to collect and identify animals that live in the marsh and test the water’s temperature, salinity, and pH.

This worksheet packet has seven lessons to be completed before, during, and after the field trip. Make sure you follow along with the accompanying video for the virtual Watery Wonders field trip.

This is a longer virtual field trip and we suggest breaking up the lessons and video into multiple viewings. Don't forget to start with the pre-lessons in the booklet!





Grades 6-8

Conservancy Education Program Coordinator Tonya Zadrozny brings you along to a freshwater marsh right here in Naples. Find out what kind of animals live in this ecosystem and how they survive there. You'll also learn why these marshes are so important to their surrounding areas and why the Conservancy works to protect them.

Students, as you watch this video, click here to access the lesson plan that goes with it.

Teachers, we also have pre and post-program activities. You can click here to find those.




Grades 9-12

Conservancy Biologist Ian Easterling performs a necropsy on a Burmese python caught in the field by our invasive species research and removal team. Since 2013, the Conservancy and research partners have been conducting radio telemetry fieldwork to document python biology and behavior in Collier County.

A primary objective is to develop a database of behavior and habitat uses to better understand invasive Burmese python activities in Southwest Florida. This information will be used to help land managers to develop a management strategy for this invasive species.

Click the link below to learn more about our python work.



Touch Tank Adaptations

Consider the adaptations of each of the following touch tank critters. An adaptation is any characteristic, behavior, structure, or function that helps an organism survive in its environment. Sketch the habitat each animal lives in, then consider the challenges each animal might face within their habitat.

Click here to access the lesson plan that goes along with the video!




Backyard Quadrats

How many plants and insects live in your backyard? This may seem like an impossible question at first. There are probably thousands! We cannot count them all, but using scientific field methods, we can get an estimate of abundance – that is, the relative representation of a species in your backyard ecosystem.

Biologists usually measure abundance with either transect lines or quadrats. In the video below, we will be conducting a simplified abundance survey using hula-hoops as quadrats and your backyard as our study site!

Click here to see the lesson plan and example tally sheet we have for you.




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