Student groups have a wealth of life, earth and space scientific resources awaiting them in Orlando and Tampa. First-class science attractions, museums and hands-on learning programs will meet and exceed your classroom curriculum. Couple this with a Disney Youth Education Series, and you have one of the best science tours in the U.S.
In Orlando, your student group can glide through the wetlands on a beautiful Florida wildlife tour on the famous Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. These airboat tours start with a leisurely idle down a natural canal viewing exotic birds, turtles and Florida alligators in their own natural environment. Then your group will fly like the wind into the swamps experiencing the awesome feel of an airboat ride traveling up to 45 miles per hour.
At Forever Florida, your group will experience a 4,700 acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area that encompasses nine distinct ecosystems, beautifully preserved just as nature intended. Your student group will experience natural streams, forests, pastures, wetlands and learn about the wide array of Forever Florida’s wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida Panther.
Just a short 45 minute trip east of Orlando, your student group will experience the science of astronomy. Kennedy Space Center has told the story for over 40 years of how the United States built a space program that launched men to the moon, orbited satellites that have improved our lives, and sent probes into distant space to the solve the mysteries of the cosmos. Being the primary home for the Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, and Endeavour space shuttles, Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are the country’s center of space operations. Your group will be able to see exhibits on space travel, walk through a space shuttle, view a movie at the IMAX Theater, see the Astronaut Memorial, and visit the rocket park.
At the Walt Disney World® Resort, your group will experience the Disney Youth Education Series science program. Your students will learn about G-force motion and test the laws of physics, learn and understand the science and physics behind some of Disney’s attractions, and learn about the oceans, wildlife and animal behavior. Your group can also research the world of animals in a real, working science laboratory as well as in the field; test their skills in the art of animation, and so much more! Your group will remember and build upon these hands-on adventures for years to come.
At the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, they believe the ocean is amazing, and so will you! The Florida Aquarium’s exhibits are set up to show the journey of a drop of water from a Florida fresh-water spring to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There are many exhibits including large simulated wetlands, a simulated beach, and a coral reef community housed in a 500,000 gallon tank.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, voted the best zoo in the U.S. by Parents Magazine, features over 2,000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides and shows. The zoo also has a Zoo School that is a 17,400 square foot hands-on learning facility that houses a Lecture Hall, 13 classrooms and a Resource Center. Zoo School programs are designed to be fun, innovative, imaginative and investigative for all ages. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is dedicated to serving as an educational resource to your group.
Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, affectionately known as MOSI, is the largest science center in the south at over 300,000 square feet. In addition to being home to Florida’s only IMAX Dome Theatre, MOSI also boasts Kids in Charge!, the newest and largest children’s science center in the United States. A group trip to MOSI makes science come to life by providing hands-on learning experiences that are an extension of your classroom. Educational programs, IMAX films, interactive exhibits and the new Saunders Planetarium support your curriculum and enhance science knowledge while stimulating students’ interest in science and technology.
Overall, Central Florida is certainly one of the best educational science destinations in the U.S. offering many earth, life and space scientific resources to science groups. Couple that with some fun at the theme parks, you as the teacher will give your science group lasting memories.
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