High School

K-12 Group Programs are designed to immerse students in Crystal Springs Foundation's 525 acre Living Laboratory. There is a variety of amazing wilderness experiences available for your group. Our educators are flexible and want to give your students the best experience possible. If there is a program or experiment that you would like to do, please let us know and we will work with you to execute the program that you want.

Most programs will include a hike through our amazing habitats and a trip across our boardwalks.

All programs are aligned to the National Science Standards and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Programs include hands on activities and outdoor experiences.

Programs may be combined and often customized to meet the needs of your students.
Modern restrooms and water fountains are available. A minimum of 15 students is required to reserve your program.

Ask us about our internship opportunities.

Programs

Florida Chemistry

Grades: 9-12
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: This program is an in-depth hands on class. While exploring the various habitats at Crystal Springs Foundation, students will collect water samples. Using chemical tests, students will compare dissolved oxygen, nitrate, and pH levels of their water samples. Our educators will lead the students in a brainstorm session using their results to determine the health of our habitats.
National Science Standards
NS.9-12.1, NS.9-12.4

Rolling in The River

Grades: 9-12
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2-3 hrs
Description: Prepare to get wet!! Your students will perform an in depth Benthic Investigation of the Hillsborough River. Students will wade into the river with sampling nets and collection tubs. With help from our instructors, students will sample in the grass beds, collecting macro-invertebrates and vertebrates. Students and chaperones should come in clothing and closed toed shoes that can get wet. NO FLIP FLOPS!!!!!!
National Science Standards
NS.9-12.1, NS.9-12.4

Environmental Career Exploration (APES, AP Bio)

Grades: 9-12
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 3 hrs
Description: Bring your advanced topics to life! Students will analyze the health of an entire ecosystem through in depth investigations. During a hike, students will collect water samples from around the preserve, then perform chemical tests to determine dissolved oxygen, pH and nitrate levels. An elevation transect will allow students to see the diversity in the terrestrial flora and fauna. Students will discover how a small change in elevation can lead to a major change in habitat. The final piece of the health puzzle comes from a bio-diversity study of the Hillsborough river. Students will wade into the river to collect the invertebrates and vertebrates that live there. After calculating and observing the amount of diversity they have collected, students will determine the health of the ecosystem.    

Tech Trek

Grades: 9-12
Capacity: 60 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: Challenge your students with our wilderness geocaching course! Explore Florida's wetland habitat while using hand held GPS units. Walk over the karst rock topography of the woods and river. Students will work together in teams to map their course and learn about native plants and animals along the way.
National Science Standards
NS.9-12.1, NS.9-12.4

Survival

Grades: 9-12
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2-3 hrs
Description: Get lost!! Learn what it takes to survive if you ever get lost in the wilderness. Identify poisonous plants and animals you may encounter in Florida. Collect drinking water from plants. Build a shelter using only what you brought with you and the things that nature has to provide.
National Science Standards
NS.9-12,1, NS.9-12.4