Join us as an Everglades Explorer

Updated: May 10

We are inviting all homeschoolers to join us this semester in being an everglades explorer. Lessons are available for grade K-8 and can be done at your own pace. Share photos of you doing the lessons to be enter each week to win a prize. We will be posting new lessons each Monday. We also have a few opportunities to explore the everglades in person for those of you that live in South Florida. Let's get started!



Week 1 Lesson - February 7, 2022 - Cypress Dome

Welcome to the Everglades. We will start by exploring this amazing resource. Follow along with Richard Kern from Odyssey Earth as he explores different habitats of the Everglades using a drone with a 360-degree camera. Explore the 360-degree videos on habitats such as the Cypress Dome, Mangrove Swamp, Sawgrass Prairie, Seagrass Meadow, and more! Use your cursor to scroll up, down, and all around to view the habitats. You can use your computer, a smart phone, cardboard VR or VR Goggles to view. Local Students can "borrow" our VR glasses (limited quantity available - email info@surfskatescience.com) Each video comes with a field guide and scavenger hunt questions created by Odyssey Earth. You will use the Field Observation Datesheets to complete a digital field study of the habitats. This week we will explore the Cypress Dome. The cypress dome habitat is one of the most mysterious, fascinating and important habitats in the Everglades. If you’re up for some adventure and don’t mind getting a little muddy, a trip into a cypress dome is an experience you’ll never forget! First, download your 1st field guide here:

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Then, watch the first video here: https://www.odysseyearth.com/videos/cypress-dome-360/ Finish the field guide and take a screen shot of your online quiz. Email these back to info@surfskatescience.com for credit toward your explorer certificate and for you chance to win a monthly prize. Next week we will explore the Mangrove Fringe! Want to explore in person? Here is this week's opportunities Saturday, February 12th (Space is Limited) Try-It Paddling at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge Session 1: 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am Session 3: 12:00 pm Loxahatchee Adventures invites you to try paddling a canoe or kayak on the refuge! Locations at Lee Road (Boynton Beach) and Hillsboro boat ramps (west end of Loxahatchee Road, west of Boca Raton) Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions last approximately one hour. Space is limited, reserve your spot online. Cypress Swamp Boardwalk ToursFebruary 9, 2022 at 9:00 am February 10, 2022 at 1:30 pmFebruary 12, 2022 at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Join a refuge naturalist for a walking tour of the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp. Meet behind the visitor center. Groups of 5 or more should make reservations by February 3 by contacting Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov. Marsh Trail Guided WalksFebruary 7 at 2:00 pmFebruary 9 at 10:00 amFebruary 11 at 10:00 am Join a refuge naturalist on a one-mile guided walk to explore the Marsh Trail. This area of the refuge is similar to the habitat found inside the 141,000-acre Refuge Interior to the west and it contrasts with the 400-acre Cypress Swamp to the north. Along the way we will look for wildlife and discuss the different habitats of the Everglades and some of the key native plant species that call the refuge home. Meet at Marsh Trail Pavilion. Groups of 5 or more should make reservations by February 3 by contacting Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov. LILA ToursFebruary 8 at 10:00 am (bilingual tour, Spanish and English)February 8 at 11:00 am (bilingual tour, Spanish and English)February 10 at 9:30 amFebruary 10 at 10:30 am Join tour leaders from South Water Management District for a walking tour to learn about the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment – or LILA for short. LILA is a working model of the Everglades and the world's largest living laboratory. Space is limited, register by February 3 by emailing catherine@loxahatcheefriends.com.

Week 2 Lesson - February 14, 2022 - Mangrove Fringe

Week 3 Lesson - February 21, 2022 - River of Grass

Week 4 Lesson - February 28, 2022 - Seagrass Beds

Week 5 Lesson - March 7, 2022 - Florida’s Aquifers and Springs

Week 6 Lesson - March 14, 2022 - Where Does Our Water Come From?