Field Study Visits
Virtual Field Studies (Grades K-12)
Are your students ready to explore careers that work with water, wildlife, and land management in central Florida?
Then request one of these engaging and educational videos on Careers in Natural Resources. These videos are open to all K-12 students in Polk County whether they are in the classroom, participating in eSchool, Polk Virtual, or homeschool. In each video you will meet a natural resources professional and learn how they got into the field, what their responsibilities includes, and what advice they have for someone looking to get into the their field.
To request one of the videos below, please contact NREducator@polk-county.net with the information below:
- Name of video(s)
- Teacher’s name
- Teacher’s email
- School/Group Name
- Grade of students
- Number of students
Next, you will be sent the pretest to complete with your students. Once you have returned your pretest scores, you will be sent instructions on how to access the video. Finally, please complete the posttest with your students and send the scores to NREducator@polk-county.net
Careers in Natural Resources Videos:
- Jackson Mosley, Entomologist
This week we met Jackson Mosley, Entomologist, and learned about his work with Polk County Mosquito Control. Check out this video to learn more about mosquitoes, being an entomologist, and what you can do to protect yourself!
- Diane Gibson, Lab Manager
This week we met Diane Gibson, Lab Manager, and learned about her work with Polk County Water Resources. Check out this video to learn more about working in a lab and the tests that are done to measure water quality!
- Julie Vogel, Environmental Program Specialist
This week we met Julie Vogel, Environmental Program Specialist, and learned all about her work with the City of Lakeland’s Se7en Wetlands. Check this video out to learn about the important work being done at Se7en Wetlands and how it’s connected to you!
- Keaton Fish, Partnership Coordinator
This week we met Keaton Fish, Partnership Coordinator, and learned all about his work with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network. Check out this video to learn more about outdoor activities including archery, kayaking, fishing, and wildlife exploration.
- Hanna Rosner-Katz, Plant Conservation Biologist
This week we met Hanna Rosner-Katz, Plant Conservation Biologist, and learned about her work with the Florida Forest Service. Check out this video to learn more about the Lake Wales Ridge and the work that biologists are doing to preserve the rare plants found there.
- Bryan Finder, Natural Areas Coordinator
This week we met Bryan Finder, Natural Areas Coordinator, and learned about his work with Polk County Natural Resources. Check out this video to learn more about prescribed fire, invasive plant treatments, and other ways that land managers help maintain and restore native habitats.
- Candice Knothe, Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator
This week we met Candice Knothe, Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator, and learned about her work with Polk County Natural Resources. Check out this video to learn more about the work being done to protect the water, wildlife, and wilderness of Polk County!
- Ivie Metzen & Andres SantiniLaabes, Environmental Specialists
This week we met Ivie Metzen and Andres SantiniLaabes, Environmental Specialists, and learned about their work with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Check out this video to learn how pollutants get into our water and how the DEP measures water quality and ensures businesses are following best practices to keep our water clean!
- Greg Knothe, NPDES Coordinator
This week we met Greg Knothe, NPDES Coordinator, and learned about his work with Polk County Water Resources. Check out this video to learn about indicators of water quality and work being done to protect our water!
Nature and You Videos:
In the nature and you videos you will learn about water resources, stormwater, wetland restoration and wetland habitats.
Nature and You: Wetland Restoration at Circle B Bar Reserve
Come along as we explore the history of Circle B Bar Reserve! We'll see how the land has changed over time and discover the impacts of restoration.
Join us at Lake Gwyn to explore stormwater! We learn what stormwater is and how it can affect water quality. We also investigate the role of treatment wetlands and the restoration that is under way at Lake Gwyn.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
Natural Resources Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program
Office Phone: (863) 668-4673 ext. 204