The Eco-Education Programs at the University of North Florida provide school children with the unique opportunity of learning more about wildlife and nature while outdoors. All of our eco-education programs are ranger guided and begin with an introduction to the University of North Florida and the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary. The concept of wildlife is discussed and relevant safety points are extensively described.
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Grades: Pre-K, K, 1
This program includes a short hike and a sit-down presentation. On the hike children will use a picture checklist to identify common natural occurrences in the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary. During the sit-down presentation, students learn about plants native to northeast Florida and discover how animals may use these plants. Students also receive specimens of plants to use in counting, feeling and smelling.
Grades: 1, 2, 3
This program starts out with a fun and informational hike, during which students view several insect habitats. After the hike, they visit an outdoor lab with six hands-on stations. These activities illustrate the basics of insect ecology, anatomy and behavior.
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5.
Students will go on a hike visiting different habitats in the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary while comparing wildlife habitats to human neighborhoods. Habitats include a lake, a seepage slope, a thicket, a cypress swamp and a sand hill.
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Nature’s Narratives encompasses the concept of a narrative, emphasizing that there are numerous narratives in nature. This program allows students to go on an adventure to find the Nature’s Narrator and learn about different types of narratives. Finally, students create and present their own narratives!
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
This hike explores the different properties of plants and garden ecosystems. Students will interactively learn about the parts of plants and flowers, as well as photosynthesis. Finally, they will explore local plants and trees with fun hands-on activities.
Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Nature’s Detectives introduces students to animal tracking. This hands-on detective program uses the scientific method to discover the art of tracking. Students go on a short hike to learn about animal behavior. Students then visit the tracking sand boxes to see animal tracks where they will work in small groups, culminating in group presentations.
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