School Programs and Field Trips
Morningside Nature Center is the home base for much of the programming Nature Operations Division offers. However, programming is also available at a number of nature parks throughout Gainesville as well as at a school or center. We offer more than a dozen animal and nature themed programs. Programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of the grade. Some programs are offered only part of the year while others are offered year round. All programs will include time outdoors. Please come prepared to ... Learn more!
3540 E. University Ave, Gainesville, Fl, 32641
All About Elephants offers an inside look into the world of elephants past, present, and future. Offering school programs, clinics, and lectures, it is an up close and personal look at these great creatures as they roam in free-style enclosures. Together with our team of experts, you can help with our mission to provide care and a home for all needy elephants while learning, teaching, and instilling awareness about them. We also provide an inside look at a variety of other species of animals domestic and ... Learn more!
Educational tours are held every day but Thursdays; by ...
18655 NE 81 St, Williston, Fl, 32696
The Cade Museum brings programs and events to our community to inspire creative thinking, future inventors and early entrepreneurs. We connect those who would like to invent with those who are already well on their way. We work to increase students' knowledge of and love for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in a way that they can apply to their own passions for creating, inventing and experimenting. Learn more!
6 and up
Fees vary by class
904 South Main Street, Gainesville, Fl, 32601
River Ranch Water park features water and land activities including: •15,000 sq. ft. wave pool •600 ft. lazy river •Water slide •Volleyball courts •Many other recreational & aquatic (water) activities. River Ranch is available for use for group events by reservation, Sunday through Friday from 9am – 6pm, with evening sessions available Sunday through Thursday from 7pm – 11pm. Our normal operating season runs from mid April through August. River Ranch is available to groups of all sizes and types. Learn more!
23400 NW 212th Ave, High Springs, Fl, 32643
We are primarily a conservation and educational facility and we rescue exotic animals in need. We also have a rehabilitation license for native wildlife. We provide educational opportunities and activities for a wide variety of people including school groups, college and vet students, 4H groups, and continuing education for veterinarians. Every visitor gets information about the different species we have. Every tour stresses important facts about conservation and preservation and the balance of nature. We ... Learn more!
8528 E. County Road 225, Gainesville, Fl, 32609
Self-guided tour: Pick up a brochure and enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the authentic working farm. The homestead consists of 18 buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, a 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store, post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. See costumed interpreters working the farm in the lifestyle of the 1880's to 1940's as they perform daily chores, work the crops, and tend to livestock.Historic tours: Join us on a tour that will teach you abou ... Learn more!
18730 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, Fl, 32669
Kids can get an up-close view of real-life rescue heroes and their environs with a fire-station tour. Tours are tailored to the age of the group. You don't have to be a school group or a scout pack to sign up; playgroups or just a group of friends are welcome to book a tour at the station most convenient to you. Kids get to try on pint-size helmets, boots, pants, suspenders and jackets, and clomp around looking like real firefighters. The tour also includes fire-safety tips, from the importance of an esca ... Learn more!
(352) 393- 8461
Self Guided School Group Visits Self-guided visits are suitable for any school groups that prefer to visit the Museum without the benefit of docents or staff. Reservations are required for all self-guided visits of 10 or more students to ensure a positive experience for your group. A staff member will greet your group and facilitate check-in. After that, your group leaders are entirely responsible for the educational experience of the students. Exhibit & Educator Guides are available for each of the perma ... Learn more!
SW 34th Street and Hull Road, Gainesville, Fl, 32611
The Fur, Feathers & Fins program allows children to learn about the characteristics and habitats of fish, reptiles, birds and small animals. Lessons in science, math and geography come to life through this hands-on field trip. As students develop a respect for animals, they will also develop a greater sense of responsibility. Trained tour leaders modify the field trips to be grade appropriate. The FREE Fur, Feathers & Fins field trip will help children in grades K-8 develop and enhance skills in: ... Learn more!
6869 West Newberry Road, Gainesville, Fl, 32605
In a cooperative project with the Alachua Astronomy club, artist Elizabeth Indianos created monuments to represent the planets of our solar system. Each of the ten, fourteen foot tall concrete monoliths is covered with tactile and visual information including: scientific facts, symbols and poetry. The linear path of monoliths stretches along 8th Avenue, spaced in ratios of the actual distances between the planets on a scale of 4 billion to 1. Learn more!
NW 8th Avenue, beginning at NW 34th Street with the Sun, and ending at NW 22nd Street with Pluto.
Animals improve our quality of life. If you know someone who would be encouraged by a visit from one of our special horses, please contact us. Our horses work with children and adults in hospitals, hospice, assisted care facilities, group homes or confined at home. We also work with at risk and abused children, foster children and adults and children with disabilities. Each visit is different. We adjust the time and activities to the needs of the participants. With children we often bring stuffed to ... Learn more!
P.O. Box 1672, High Springs, Fl, 32655
As a family of teachers, Greathouse Butterfly Farm has a soft spot for educators. In the 10 years since we started farming butterflies, we have made it our mission to inform public and private school students about butterflies and the environment. We are working on grade-specific curricula to help Florida's teachers. Greathouse Butterfly Farm produces Grow-A-Butterfly Kits, Adopt-A-Butterfly Kits, Butterfly Hatcheries and Painted Lady larvae cultures for teachers. Classes and groups come to our farm for e ... Learn more!
20329 State Road 26 East, Earleton, Fl, 32631
Kirby's Farm is home to Florida's Largest Private Railroad! There is a REAL train on the farm! Climb aboard history on the pride of the farm, The Kirby Farm Railroad. Our train’s history dates back to the Denver and Rio Grande Western, the original narrow gauge to steam through the Rocky Mountains! But the railroad is just one part of the vision we have. We are excited about introducing our educational farm. We focus on educating today’s kids, and helping families build memories that will last a lifetime! ... Learn more!
19630 NE 30th Street, Williston, Fl, 32696
Kiwanis Safety City is a partnership between Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville. It is a 2 acre facility with a opening pavillion, fire station/ city hall, and a bike building. We offer fire safety, 9-1-1 calling information, bike and pedistrian safety, passenger safety, and electrical safety. The facility is open to all members of the community and member groups. Learn more!
1025 NE 13th St, Gainesville, Fl, 32601
We provide a unique educational setting, permitting students and visitors close viewing of animals in a working conservation center environment. Our education programming is available to students and groups of all age ranges. We provide school and private group programs on site and occasionally offer local school or event outreach programs. Students gain an appreciation of bats, their habitats and ecosystem dynamics. Tours of the Center are by appointment only. A tour lasts approximately 1 to 1.5 hou ... Learn more!
School/private tours -Monday - Saturday, from 12.30pm t...
1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, Fl, 32609
School groups will learn about the history of Gainesville and Alachua County, the Matheson family and the Museum's collections in a docent-led interactive tour. Some tours may include an architectural walking tour of the Southeast Historic District's Victorian-era homes. Teachers may download the Matheson Museum?s Curriculum Guide, a teacher's introduction to the tour experience with suggestions for pre- and post-activities for the classroom. A student activity packet, with games and puzzles about area hi ... Learn more!
513 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, Fl, 32601
There are three types of advanced appointments: Guided Zoo Tour at either 9:30, 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. (depending on availability), Planetarium Show or Combination (Zoo Tour & Planetarium Show) Advanced scheduled Zoo Tours and/or Planetarium shows are available on the same day depending upon the schedule so advanced scheduling is required. Our tour guides are the students enrolled in the Zoo Animal Technolgy program and we work around their class schedules. The guided tour of the Teaching Zoo takes approxima ... Learn more!
3000 N.W. 83rd Street, Gainesville, Fl, 32606
The Museum of Entomology (FSCA) is open to researchers from all over the world, and tours by local school classes and individuals are available. Please feel free to contact us and request information on receiving a tour. The FSCA has been designated as the central repository for terrestrial and non-marine arthropods for the State of Florida. Among the 22,400 drawers, 352,221+ slides, and 294,200+ vials of the Museum of Entomology, are an estimated 9 million prepared specimens including 3,500 primary and a ... Learn more!
1911 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Fl, 32608