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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 be immersed at a nearby watershed to collect aquatic animals and water samples in order to determine the health of the wetland. They will then use a 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 major 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 will 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 forest, and running a percolation lab. Students will learn to plan and 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, starting at 10:00am. Programs typically run 2 to 2.5 hours and can accommodate a maximum of 40 students. Groups are welcome to bring lunches to eat on-site after the program. We ask that all garbage is ‘packed out’ when you leave.

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 the program for any reason.  We reserve the right to cancel/reschedule programs due to inclement weather or any unavoidable conflicts.

What to Bring with You on Your Field Trip

  • Chaperones– 1 chaperone per 10 students
  • Proper walking shoes (we recommend closed-toe and closed-heel)
  • 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!

Targets K-5

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 will 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!  


Aquatic Animal Adaptations

Targets K-5

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.


What’s the BUZZ?

Targets K-3

Join Itchy Skeeterbite and the SLC Mosquito Control SWAT Team on a wild and crazy adventure through a typical Florida neighborhood. Be a part of this exciting mosquito intervention as we ask ourselves the question: Could this situation have been prevented? Find out in this interactive skit for grades K - 3! Students will learn how to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases, as well as how to help control mosquito populations in their very own yards.      


In-school programs generally run 45-60 minutes. We offer up to 3 sessions per day with 60 students per session.

 The cost of these programs are:

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

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Book Your Program Today!

For more information or to reserve your program, please call us at:

Oxbow Eco-Center

(772) 785-5833

5400 NE St James Drive, Port St Lucie Fl