Elementary 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.

Programs

Come Meet a Tree With Me!

Grades: K-3
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: Has your class read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss? Hike the Preserve and meet our trees. You will discover something new to see. Find out the things that make them grow. Discover everything you need to know!

Awesome Aquifers

Grades: K-5
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: Where does all your water go? In this simulation program, students will create a watershed model that represents their community. Once constructed, students will determine what happens to all the run-off and watch as pollution from one part of the watershed affects the entire watershed. This is a great lesson in water conservation and pollution. Learn the history of the springs, from the time of the prehistoric animals to the present. 
National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.4, NS.K-4.7, NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.4

Survival

Grades: 3-8
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 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 what nature has to provide.
National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.7, NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.2, NS.5-8.4

River Rats Water Adventure

Grades: 3-5
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: Take a tour of Crystal Springs Foundation's habitats and learn about Florida's magnificent aquifer system. Explore the Hillsborough River and its spring runs. Grab a dip net and perform a biodiversity survey. Catch and identify the invertebrates and vertebrates that live in the waters of the Preserve. **Students must wear closed toed shoes that can get muddy and wet**
National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.4, NS.K-4.7, NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.3, NS.5-8.4

Hanging out in the Habitat

Grades: K-5
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: Learn about habitats, niches, ecosystems and food webs. Explore the Preserve's wilderness areas and check out the native and non-native species of plants and animals. Hunt for the clues that animals have left behind. Identify plants along the river. Look at the karst rock topography of the woods and river. Spot wildlife of all sizes. Also, join us in our learning lab to visit with our animal ambassadors. Get an up close look at some of Florida's native reptiles and amphibians. Learn how these often misunderstood animals help our habitats everyday!
National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.4, NS.K-4.7, NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.2, NS.5-8.3, NS.5-8.4

Getting Buggy

Grades: K-3
Capacity: 100 students
Length: 2 hrs
Description: Explore the fascinating world of insects! Students will investigate the characteristics of insects and collect living specimens to observe using bug viewers. Take a nature hike to explore the amazing diversity of life at the preserve. 
National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.4, NS.K-4.7

Slash the Trash

Grades: 3-5
Capacity: 100
Length: 2 hours
Description: What is trash and where does it all go?  In this program, students will learn all about trash: what it's made of, where it goes, and how we can produce less of it.  Specifically, students will learn about natural resources, the differences between non-renewable and renewable resources, and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Microscopic World of Microbes

Grades: 3-5
Capacity: 60 students
Length: 2 hours
Description: Nematodes, amoebas, and diatoms, oh my! Join your students on a journey into the unseen world of microorganisms. Begin by investigating the parts of the microscope and understand the science of how it works.  Then collect water samples, prepare a microscope slide, and see what tiny creatures exist in a drop of water.  Book this class with River Rats and your students will compare the macro-organisms to the micro-organism.
National Science Standards
4-LS1-1