School Group Visits

School Group Visits

Please note our school group visit program offerings have temporarily changed until further notice and are currently offered outdoors-only and are limited to grades K-5.

As a field trip destination, Manatee Lagoon welcomes school and camp groups to help educate youth about manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon.

Our 60-minute outdoors-only program options offer a look into the world of manatees and their local habitat, Lake Worth Lagoon. Our educators or “Manatee Masters” may touch on manatee biology and ecology, share details about the lagoon’s estuarine habitat and suggest ways in which students can protect their local environment. They will also explain the special role that Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Clean Energy Center plays in ensuring that manatees stay warm during the cooler winter months.

Visiting groups will rotate through two outdoor stations which may include presentations or activities near our solar canopies and our observation deck.

Important information for all group visits:

All group visits are by reservation only.

  • Available days/times – Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 8 through May, at 10 a.m.
  • Cost – Free, including parking.
  • Group size – minimum of 10 and maximum of 57 students, plus up to 12 chaperones, but no more than 64 students and chaperones combined. Large groups will be split into smaller sub-groups to rotate through the stations.
  • Chaperones – at least one teacher or chaperone per ten students is required.
  • Picnicking – picnic tables are available on the Manatee Lagoon grounds on a first-come basis. Manatee Lagoon is not able to store lunches or coolers for visiting groups and for security purposes, large coolers are not permitted in the building and may not be left unattended on site.
  • Field trips take place entirely outdoors and can be affected by or cancelled due to weather conditions. Programming will not be presented indoors.
  • All participants should wear outdoor-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and bring a water bottle.

Cancellation Policy: Program offerings are subject to change and availability may vary based on factors such as venue rentals, staff schedules or other program bookings. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Our grade-specific programs, which are aligned with Sunshine State Standards (K-5), include:

Manatees and Me (K-1) – Little ones will learn about manatees by making comparisons to themselves and other animals, and by exploring some of the survival needs of these marine mammals through interactive activities.

Manatee Lagoon Observers (2-5) – Youngsters will explore the biology and ecology of manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon, making their own observations of these amazing creatures (if present) and the lagoon along the way.

Please click here to review the guidelines before your visit and share the information, as appropriate, with others who will be attending. 

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Kids interacting with instructor.

 

School kids learning about manatees.

 

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Two children examine a display box.