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Field Study Visits

NEW! Fall 2020 Virtual Field Studies! (Grades K-12)

Are you ready to explore the interconnection of water, wildlife, and wilderness in Polk County?

Then register for these engaging and educational Field Study videos. These videos will be open to all K-12 students whether they are in the classroom, participating in eSchool, Polk Virtual, or homeschool. Students are able to watch the videos live or recorded.

Careers in Natural Resources
Wednesdays, September 16 - December 16
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grades K-12

This series of live, virtual videos will introduce students to professionals who work in water, wildlife, and land management. Each week a new guest will present their career, demonstrate what they do, and answer student questions.

Use this link to register:

Teachers watching with their students in the classroom please be sure to indicate how many students will be participating.

Students watching from their own devices at home need to register individually.

Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness (Grades 3-5)

Ready to let your students discover the wondrous water, wildlife and wilderness Polk County has to offer them?

Then register your third, fourth or fifth grade class for an adventurous, engaging trip to Circle B Bar Reserve. Students will learn about the natural world while completing different learning activities in an outdoor setting, just like researchers and scientists in a biology field. These programs correlate with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Interdependence, Heredity/Reproduction, and Nature of Science Unit topics and is structured in a STEM, inquiry-based lesson. Once schools head back to their respective classrooms, teachers have the field studies data to probe further into the curriculum by using the students experiences to guide the rest of the instruction.

NEW! Three different Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness program options that align with NGSSS Science for grades 3-5.

  1. Seasonal Changes in Florida Plants / Animals and Impacts on the Environment
    (NGSSS – Science - SC.3.L.15.1, 15.2, 17.1; SC4.L. 16.2, 16.3, 17.1, 17.4; SC.5.L. 15.1, 15.2; and Math - MAFS.4.MD. 1.1, 1.3; NBT 1.1, 1.2; OA. 1.2; and K12.MP. 1.1-8.1)
  2. Life Cycles and the Flow of Energy (Food Chains)
    (NGSSS – Science - SC.3.L. 15.1, 15.2,17.2; SC.4.L. 16.4, 17.2, 17.3, 17.4; SC.5.L. 15.1, 15.2; and Math - MAFS.4.MD. 1.1, 1.3; NBT 1.1, 1.2; OA. 1.2; and K12.MP. 1.1-8.1)
  3. Characteristics of Animals / Plants and the Nature of Science Program
    (NGSS – Science - SC.4.L.16.2, 16.3; SC.4.L.17.4; SC.5.L.15.1; SC.5.L.17.1; SC.3.N.1.2-1.7; SC.4.N.1.2-1.8; SC.5.N. 1.3, 1.6; SC5.N.2.1, 2.2; and Math - MAFS.4.MD. 1.1, 1.3; NBT 1.1, 1.2; OA. 1.2; and K12.MP. 1.1-8.1)

Please print and read the Field Studies Teacher Handbook (PDF) to help prepare for your scheduled trip. Information includes a timeline of teacher paperwork preparation, bus scheduling, and handing out Field Trip Forms. In addition, the Field Studies Lesson Plan (PDF) is available.


Stephanie Hall
Natural Resources Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program

Office Phone: (863) 668-4673 ext. 204

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