The Loxahatchee River Environmental Education Center introduces students to the beauty and mysteries of the Loxahatchee River. The River Center features 9 state of the art aquariums representing the different habitats of the Loxahatchee River and 7 interactive exhibits, including a fully stocked touch tank.
Field trips to the River Center are available for students ranging from kindergarten through college. Education programs are scheduled Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Burt Reynolds Park also provides pavilions and picnic tables for lunch as well as a playground. Our facility and programs are appropriate for all ages. We are offering both morning and afternoon programs. One of our education specialists can help you select and customize a program that is suitable for your group. Please note that group sizes are limited to 50 students at one time.
Our programs are designed to complement your curriculum! Each field trip includes a tour of the aquariums outlining the different ecosystems found throughout the Loxahatchee River System, a discussion the Loxahatchee Water District and water resources, a touch tank demonstration, and hands on activities. We strive to help students learn about the Loxahatchee River and its surrounding natural areas while having fun.
Teachers can select the topic and activity that is most appropriate your class and all programs and activities are adaptable to your students' needs. Programs are based on the Benchmarks and Grade Level Expectations provided under the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (standards for each activity available upon request). There is no cost for our field trips as they are sponsored by the Loxahatchee River District.
Groups will be booked on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Please call to plan your River Center experience today!
The Loxahatchee River District through the River Center is now offering in-classroom presentations for schools in Martin and Palm Beach Counties. Presentations cover a wide range of topics, but all relate to the Loxahatchee River watershed. Potential topics include water resources, wetland habitats, endangered or threatened species, water flows through the Loxahatchee River, waste water treatment and its role in protecting our wetlands, estuaries and coastal communities. Teachers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Environmental Education Series
Last year, the Loxahatchee River District's River Center launched a new program for adults in our community who wished to recapture the excitement and educational experiences of their childhood field trips. The Adult Environmental Education Series was designed for adults to have an interactive "behind-the-scenes" experience at the River Center while gaining insight and knowledge into an environmental topic of local interest, all while under the personalized guidance of the Center's expert staff. This new addition to the River Center schedule quickly grew into one of the season's most popular events, and the 2015-16 series has been highly anticipated.
The River Center is excited to announce that this season will feature a wide-range of exciting topics--from the very small-scale look at sea urchins to the very large-scale examination of the global climate change issue. A thrilling experience for individuals or small groups, the Adult Environmental Education Series classes are scheduled monthly from November 2015 through March 2016 on select Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Sessions will include lectures and digital presentations in combination with hands-on classroom, field, and lab activities. Attendees will have the chance to use laboratory equipment and actual ecologists' tools to investigate samples taken from the Loxahatchee River and conduct field activities throughout Burt Reynolds Park such as species identification and habitat assessment. The series also includes tours and exploration of the River Center, its live animal touch tanks, and adjoining migratory bird and butterfly garden. At a cost of only $5.00 per participant, this event series offers one of the most affordable and engaging opportunities in the area.
Please contact the River Center to learn more about resources (e.g., presentations, posters, curriculum) that are available from the River Center. email@example.com or phone 561-743-7123.