Field Trips

Real world exploration is at your fingertips with MRC’s field trips! We offer a variety of field trip programming catered to fit your schedule.

Contact our Youth Environmental Educator, Allison McGinley, at allison@mrcirl.org to schedule your Field Trip today! You may even be eligible for a FREE program.

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MRC’s Field Trips and Classroom Programs align with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and are designed to introduce students to our amazing Indian River Lagoon with hands-on activities! Please see the descriptions below.

Plants

Recommended Ages: VPK–2nd Grade
On this field trip, students will learn about native and invasive plant species. We will take a trail walk through our xeric hammock, where students will see the effects of invasive species on native species and be able to identify various types of plants. After the tour, students will be placed into groups where they will complete a native plant scavenger hunt and make their very own field guide using leaf rubbings!

$8 per student/ 1.5 hours • Minimum 10 students • One chaperone per 10 students required

Animals

Recommended Ages: 3rd Grade–5th Grade
On this field trip, students will explore food webs in the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. We will learn about trophic levels and work together to create their own food webs using their favorite lagoon animals!

$6 per student/ 1 hour • Minimum 10 students • One chaperone per 15 students required

Right Whales

Recommended Ages: Kindergarten–5th Grade*
On this field trip, students will learn all about the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales. Students will learn how the whales get their names, what they eat, and what humans can do to protect them. Students will play a matching game and experience through hands on learning the challenges a pod of Right Whales faces in the wild! *Please note this field trip will vary based on age of students.

$8 per student/ 1.5 hours • Minimum 10 students • Minimum One chaperone per 15 students required

Water Quality

Recommended Ages: 4th Grade–7th Grade
On this field trip, students will explore how humans affect the lagoon water quality. We will walk down to the MRC shoreline, where students will view restoration projects and collect water samples. We will then test those samples for the water’s salinity, pH, and phosphorus levels. While waiting for our test results, students can use a microscope to view microscopic particles in the collected water.

$8 per student/1.5 hours • Minimum 10 students • One chaperone per 10 students required

Add-Ons

The following add-ons can be added to ANY of the above field trips:

  • Mini Mangrove Workshop: $2 per student
  • Swimming with Lifeguard Present: $4 per student
  • Squid Dissection: $5 per student