Oxbow Field Trips and In-School Programs

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Oxbow Eco-Center Field Trips

Get out of the classroom and into nature with an Oxbow field trip!

3rd Grade: Wetland Discovery Adventure

Become a wetland scientist in this hands-on, field based program! Students will visit a nearby watershed to collect aquatic animals and water samples to determine the health of the wetland. They will then use an interactive watershed model and be able to explain how pollutants might enter our waterways. Students will learn about the scientific method, make observations, collect empirical evidence, classify animals into groups, and use a model to better understand natural phenomena.


4th Grade: Florida History & Habitats

Travel back in time in this fun and interactive historical journey! Students experience different events throughout Florida’s history from both human and wildlife perspectives. Students will join an interpretive hike, and build ‘then and now’ models of south Florida waterways . As they learn about the way of life of early peoples to modern Floridians, they'll uncover how humans have changed Florida's landscape.


5th Grade: Walking on Water

Learn about our unique St. Lucie River watershed and how it connects us all. Students will explore the many ways the watershed influences our lives by getting a underground view of the world of water, venturing on a guided
hike through the Oxbow Preserve, and conducting a percolation lab. Students will carry out scientific investigations using control groups and repeated trials to discover how certain actions may have unintended consequences for our local waterways and aquifer!



Field trips are held Monday- Friday, beginning at 10:00am. Programs typically run 2.5 - 3 hours and can accommodate a maximum of 40 students per field trip. Groups are welcome to bring lunches to enjoy at our picnic areas after the program. We ask that all garbage is ‘packed out’ when you leave, please.

Programs are $3 per student. Teachers and Chaperones are FREE.(Note: Title 1 schools can apply for free busing through St. Lucie County School Board. Inquire with your administrator.)

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve all programs.

Due to a high level of interest and limited space in our programs, we recommend booking your program well in advance. We also request 48 hours-notice if you need to cancel.  We reserve the right to cancel/reschedule programs due to inclement weather or any unavoidable conflicts.

What to Bring with You on the Field Trip

  • Chaperones– 1 chaperone per 10 students
  • Proper walking shoes (closed-toe and closed-heel recommended)
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • A love for learning and sense of adventure!


In-School Programs

Let us bring the field trip to you! 

Junior Water Champions!

Kindergarten - 5th grade

Let us teach your students to become lifelong Water Champions! This program introduces students to the concept of a watershed using an interactive, three dimensional landscape model. Participants learn about the types and sources of pollution, how pollutants move through a watershed and how what we do in our own homes impacts people and wildlife. The program also includes an interactive activity about the animals that depend on local wetlands and clean water (K-3), or a role-play game demonstrating how our every day actions impact the health of waterways(4-5).

$165 for 1 session (up to 40 students)
$280 for 2 sessions (up to 80 students)
$395 for 3 sessions (up to 120 students)


Aquatic Animal Adaptations

Kindergarten - 5th grade

Through this hands-on, engaging program, students learn brilliant behavioral and physical adaptations animals have developed to survive and thrive in their environments. Students are introduced to a variety of taxidermy, pelts, bones, skulls and more, as well as a live Oxbow Eco-Center animal ambassador.

  • $165 for 1 session (up to 60 students)
  • $280 for 2 sessions (up to 120 students)
  • $395 for 3 sessions (up to 180 students)


What’s the BUZZ?

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Join Itchy Skeeterbite and the St. Lucie County Mosquito Control SWAT Team on a wild adventure through a typical Florida neighborhood. Students take part in a lively mosquito charade and ask: Could this itchy situation have been prevented? Find out in this interactive skit for grades K - 3! Students learn how to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases, as well as how to control mosquito populations in their very own yards.  

  • $165 for 1 session (up to 60 students)
  • $280 for 2 sessions (up to 120 students)
  • $395 for 3 sessions (up to 180 students)



For more information, please call us at:

Oxbow Eco-Center

(772) 785-5833

5400 NE St James Drive, Port St Lucie Fl