Plan Your School Visit

Each year we provide programming for over 30,000 children to help inspire active stewards of our natural environment.

Call 305-361-6767  x119 or email  to make a reservation for one of the following programs:

Select from Four Naturalist Guided Expeditions

Seagrass Adventure

Our most popular expedition! Drag a net in the seagrass and who knows what you may come up with! There’s sea life of all shapes and sizes living the rich seagrass beds right outside our doors. Encounter seahorses to sea stars, pipefish to pufferfish, the variety of sea life is amazing! Your naturalist guide will identify each organism, making sure everyone gets a good look before gently releasing the catch. It’s wading fun for the whole family, with netfuls of surprises. Closed-toe shoes are required for this waist-deep wading adventure. Bring a change of clothes if riding home with a dry bottom is important to you.

$15 per person

Coastal Exploration

Students will embark on a short hike through our unique South Florida ecosystems and learn about the native and non-native plants and animals that inhabit these areas. They’ll keep a lookout for butterflies resting on flowers, sleepy raccoons in the canopy, and ospreys soaring overhead. Beach-combing and optional knee-deep ocean wading ensures that the students get the best of both worlds, learning about both the land and sea. They will also explore our Exhibit Room and view animals in our Touch Tank.

$15 per person

Add a squid dissection to your coastal exploration field trip for an additional $10 per person.

Beach Babies

Are you looking for fun, educational, and nature-oriented activities for your preschool, kindergarten, or first grade class? Introduce your little ones to the wonderful wildlife and plants in South Florida. This program gives our youngest visitors a full sensory experience as they explore the coastal hammock, learn about sea turtles on the beach, and encounter live animals in our Exhibit Room.

$15 per person

Mangrove Slog 

This wading exploration takes place at the northernmost end of the Bear Cut Preserve, where one of the few pristine mangrove areas close to urban Miami exists. Students will fully immerse themselves by slogging through the mangrove forest to learn about the importance, ecology, adaptations, and threats to these critically important habitats. They will encounter wading birds, pufferfish, stingrays, mangrove crabs, and much more! Conservation issues will also be discussed and students will be challenged to become better stewards for our environment.

$15 per person

General Info Regarding Expeditions

  • We require a 1:5 ratio of adults to children for water programs and a 1:10 ratio for land programs.
  • All equipment necessary for field expeditions is provided: nets and life jackets (if applicable).
  • Most programs begin at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm. A break for lunch is included.
  • Earlier or later starting / ending times may be arranged. Please let us know!
  • Programs are offered seven days a week.

Preparation for Your Visit

Release Form:

Every participant must complete and sign a Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center release form.

What to Wear

  • Closed-toe shoes are required for all of our programs!
  • Clothes & shoes will definitely get wet during Seagrass Adventures. Bring a complete change of dry clothes, shoes, and a towel.

What to Bring

  • Packed lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Bug spray & A hat

Reduce Plastic

  • Be mindful of single-use plastic products! Many of the plastics that we use once end up in our oceans.
  • By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean! The future depends on us.

Souvenirs & Snacks: Vending machines are located on-site. Our gift shop is currently closed due to Covid-19.