Monroe County Field Trip

The Florida Keys are a world-renowned tourist destination, but they’re also a key ecosystem to the sunshine state, Caribbean and beyond.

Visit a location in Monroe County to explore how this unique set of islands is an important gateway between mainland Florida and adjacent marine environs. Three different botany-based options encourage different scientific investigations, revealing how researchers work with other stakeholders to create effective conservation management plans.



Themed Module Options Include:
  • Hardwood Hammocks
    Explore hardwood hammocks to identify native and invasive plants.
  • Mangroves
    Remove marine debris, then categorize all using citizen science apps.
  • Coastal Seagrass Survey
    Perform a coastal seagrass survey building underwater transects.

Reserve This Program

Fill out our form to begin your reservation. Each field trip accommodates up to 30 individuals. Virtual group field trips run 120 minutes. Experiences are primarily offered during core hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Offered Monday–Friday
  • Requires a strong internet connection
  • $415 per virtual field trip (max. 30 participants)


  • Primarily offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • OPTION A: Upper Keys (Primary Location: Green Turtle Hammock Nature Preserve) $500 per in person field trip (max. 30 participants)
  • OPTION B: Middle/Lower Keys (Primary Location: Bahia Honda State Park) $600 per in person field trip (max. 30 participants)
  • 10% off an additional field trip on the same day

Requests for alternate days or times will be considered. Within 48 hours after you submit your request, an Education Outreach team member will contact you to discuss your proposed itinerary. Once everything is reviewed and set the invoice will be sent.


Check out how our program aligns to Florida Department of Education and Scout benchmarks:

  • K - 2

    This program is generally offered for 3 - 8 audiences. If you'd like to reserve it for younger participants, please contact the Education Outreach team and share your focused area of study so that we can tailor the experience based on your needs.

  • 3 - 5

    3rd Grade

    • SC.3.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
    • SC.3.L.17.1: Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.
    • SC.3.L.15.1: Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors. 


    4th Grade

    • SC.4.L.17.4: Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.
    • SC.4.L.17.2: Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.
    • SC.4.L.16.3: Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.


    5th Grade

    • SC.5.L.14.2: Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support - some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons - while some plants have stems for support.
    • SC.5.L.17.1: Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.
    • SC.5.L.15.1: Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations. 
  • 6 - 8

    6th Grade

    • SC.6.N.1.3: Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.
    • SC.6.N.1.5: Recognize that science involves creativity, not just in designing experiments, but also in creating explanations that fit evidence.
    • SC.6.L.15.1: Analyze and describe how and why organisms are classified according to shared characteristics with emphasis on the Linnaean system combined with the concept of Domains.


    7th Grade

    • SC.7.L.15.2: Explore the scientific theory of evolution by recognizing and explaining ways in which genetic variation and environmental factors contribute to evolution by natural selection and diversity of organisms.
    • SC.7.L.17.1: Explain and illustrate the roles of and relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in the process of energy transfer in a food web.
    • SC.7.L.17.3: Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites.


    8th Grade

    • SC.8.N.1.6: Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.
    • SC.8.N.4.1: Explain that science is one of the processes that can be used to inform decision making at the community, state, national, and international levels.
    • SC.8.N.4.2: Explain how political, social, and economic concerns can affect science, and vice versa.
  • 9 - 12

    This program is generally offered for 3 - 8 audiences. If you'd like to reserve it for high school level participants, please contact the Education Outreach team and share your focused area of study so that we can upscale the experience based on your needs.

  • Girl Scout Badges and Patches
    Eco Learner (Daisy/Brownie) Animal Habitats (Junior)


More to Explore

Want to get more from your adventures?

Combine labs, demos and field trips to reinforce learning and fun.

  • Animal Encounter – Get to know the creatures that help keep the balance of marine and coastal ecosystems everywhere. Dive in as you explore marine invertebrates along the Florida coast.
  • Aquarius Journey – Take the conservation journey underwater with a biology lab that features Mission Inspire curriculum and focuses on a variety of issues that impact marine life.