Guided Programs 6 – 12

Guided Field Trip Programs 6-12

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – noon

$120 per class

Maximum Number of Students: 30

A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to students is required.

Grades 6 – 8

Ecosystems and Plant Adaptations
Early Fall, Late Fall, and Early Spring
Plants can survive and even thrive in challenging environmental conditions. Discover how plants have adapted to abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Students conduct an inquiry-based investigation of plant adaptations within two ecosystems by comparing and contrasting the influence of abiotic factors on the plant community.
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities

Outrageous Orchids: Peculiar Pollinators
February 16 – March 13, 2015
From deceptive scents to vibrant colors, orchids have evolved to attract a wide variety of pollinating creatures. Through hands-on activities, students will experience a day in the life of an orchid pollinator as they test nectar sugar-levels and identify attractive petal colors and scents. Each student will leave with an orchid-themed craft or plant. Admission to seasonal orchid show is included.

Outrageous Orchids: The Mighty Rainforest
February 16 – March 13, 2015

Step out of the classroom and into the rainforest!
Using scientific tools, students will take an 
in-depth look at rainforest plant adaptations and critically analyze the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors within the biome. Each student will leave with an orchid-themed craft. Admission 
to the seasonal orchid show is included.

Grades 6 – 12

Water Quality
Early Fall and Spring
Students will learn about the aquatic ecosystem by collecting and testing water samples, identifying organisms that indicate water quality, and conducting a chemical assessment. Please prepare your students to be outdoors for the program duration.
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities

Photosynthesis Lab
Holiday and Early Spring
Students will explore photosynthesis, investigating how and where it takes place, how plants obtain the materials necessary for it to occur, and its products. Students will use scientific equipment to identify plant stomata and measure the gas exchange.
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities

Green Buildings
Late Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Visit the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center to learn about the remarkable conservation features of this building. Students will explore the green roof and create their own roof design.
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities