Offered September – May. Registration for the upcoming school year opens on August 1.
As a field trip destination, Manatee Lagoon welcomes school and camp groups to help educate youth about manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon.
Our 90-minute program options offer a look into the world of manatees and their local habitat, Lake Worth Lagoon. Depending on the program selected, our 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 three stations which may include presentations or activities in our exhibit gallery, classroom and observation deck depending on program selected, weather and other factors.
Important information for all group visits:
- All group visits are by reservation only.
- Group size – minimum of 10 and maximum of 57 students, plus up to 12 chaperones, but no more than 65 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. Please note that due to space limitations, not all chaperones may be able to attend one of the three stations in the program rotation.
- 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.
Our grade-specific programs, which are aligned with Sunshine State Standards (K-12), 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.
Marine Food Web (3-5) – Upper elementary students will delve into marine food webs while learning about some of the adaptations and needs of local aquatic life ranging from small (e.g. plankton) to large (e.g. manatees).
Understanding Manatees, Inside and Out! (6-8) – Middle school students will explore the resources manatees rely on to survive and examine challenges these gentle giants face, including factors that threaten their survival.
Manatee Adaptations (6-8) – Middle school students will be introduced to the anatomy of manatees, learning how they are classified and how manatee anatomy compares to that of other mammals.
Properties of Seawater (9-12) – High school students will take a closer look at the environment in which manatees live by learning about and testing various properties of water.
Additional important information for school group visits:
- Available days/times – Tuesday through Friday, Sept. through Nov. (starting at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.); Dec. through March (10 a.m. only); April through May (10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.)
- Cost – Free, including parking.