Education and Outreach Field Trips

Education Programs Held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

Click here for a printable copy of our Education Program Guide

Programs are available Monday through Friday, between 10 am and 3 pm and are offered to teachers, scouts, and anyone who has a group of 20 or more. Each program (except the "Reel" Fishing lab) is one hour long and is limited to a maximum of 30 children. Multiple programs can be done in one day to accommodate larger groups and extra large groups may be accommodated with multiple visits. All programs at the IGFA include a self-guided visit in the Museum, IGFA wetlands and movie theater. Each program meets requirements for Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State and Common Core Standards.

Education Outreach Program

The Education Outreach Program is an excellent way to bring the IGFA's Educational Programs directly to your classroom! Educational Outreach Programs are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. Each program requires a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 30 students per class and two - four programs a day. Each program is one hour long, larger groups may be accommodated with multiple visits. Not all educational programs are available as outreach.

Aftercare Outreach Program

IGFA brings educational and fun hands-on programs and games right to your school during aftercare hours. Aftercare programs are available Monday through Friday, between 2pm and 6pm. Each program is forty minutes long, see here for aftercare program offerings. The IGFA Aftercare program requires a minimum of 40 students per day. Multiple programs can be done in one day to accommodate larger groups and extra-large groups may be accommodated with multiple visits.

Each program meets the requirements for Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State and Common Core Standards.

 

Field Trip Opportunities to the IGFA Group Rates (per student):                       
Self Guided Visit (Child and Senior) $4.50
Self-guided visit (Adult) $5.00
Educational Lab Program* $8.00
“REEL” Fishing Program* $12.00

* Includes museum admission

Outreach and Aftercare Group Rates (per student):

Outreach - Broward  $7.00
Outreach - Miami Dade and Palm Beach $8.00
Aftercare - Broward $5.00
Aftercare - Miami Dade and Palm Beach $6.00


Click here to register on-line.

**For a reservation packet which includes pricing, reservation information, and a scavenger hunt, please click here**

Your visit to the museum may be free! Please contact IGFA Reservations at the information below to see if you qualify.

For more information or to register please call 954-924-4309, e-mail reservations@igfa.org or mail to:

IGFA
Attn: Education Department
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004

  Selection of IGFA Education Programs

1-Hour Programs (choose 1)

Amazing Adaptations: What does a seahorse, flounder, and great white shark have in common?  They’re all fish!  Students will learn fish identification while exploring the numerous physical adaptations fish use to help them successfully survive in their aquatic environment.  (Grades 4-12)

Creatures of the Deep: How deep does the ocean go? What lives down there? Students identify the different zones of the ocean, discover what types of animals can be found at these depths, and learn how they can survive in such extreme conditions. Using different materials provided, students will then create their own deep sea creature to take home! (Grades K-5)

Field Water Chemistry:  What is in our water?  Working in teams, students will take a trip into the field to work as environmental scientists.  Experiencing some of the same struggles real field scientists encounter, students will collect samples, measure several key water quality parameters, and assess the “health” of the IGFA Wetlands. (Grades 6-12)
This program is not available as outreach.

FUNdamentals of Fishing:  Fishing is a popular recreational sport. Come learn the basics of fishing including: different equipment, bait, rules and regulations, catch and release techniques, safety, and learn how to tie a proper fishing knot. Actual fishing not included. (Grades 3-12)

 

Ins & Outs of Ichthyology:  Ichthyology is the study of fish. What better way to study a fish than through a fish dissection!? Students examine, in some detail, the external and internal anatomy of a real fish. Only by dissecting can you really appreciate the structural and functional role of the many organs, fins, and other parts of a fish that resemble certain features and functions of those found in humans. (Grades 5-12)

 

Otters to Orcas:  Have you ever wondered how marine mammals know where to migrate or how they stay warm in sometimes frigid water? Join us for an in-depth study of the adaptations allowing these fascinating creatures to survive in the vast oceans. Students will get hands-on with replica bones, claws, and teeth while they rotate through different stations to explore how baleen, blubber, and echolocation work. (Grades 6-12)

 

The Science of STEM: What does it mean to observe the natural world? What questions should be asked? How can we infer information?  Life Science (Grades K-3): observe and describe various types of creatures found in South Florida’s marine habitats. Physical Science (Grades 4-5): bring students’ technical skills to the next level as they conduct experiments, follow them through to completion, and present the results. All grade levels share their information and review the importance of collaboration in science as one of the necessary skills in research and steps in the scientific method. (Grades K-5)

 

The Shark Lab: What makes sharks an apex predator? Are sharks dangerous to humans? Students not only evaluate fact from fiction relating to our top predators of the sea but also observe and identify different physical adaptations sharks use to help them successfully survive in their aquatic environment. (Grades 5-12)

 

Testing the Waters: Why is water quality so important to animals such as fish? While working in the chemistry lab, students will assess the quality of water from different fresh and saltwater sources by measuring parameters important to fish health: salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, and pH.  (Grades 5-12)

 

Wetlands: An Inside Look: What is a Wetland? Tour the Wetlands of the IGFA to discover the answer while identifying different plants, animals, and the main resource for all living things: water.  Look more closely at what organisms lie beneath the surface of the water by sampling wildlife using dissecting microscopes and magnifying glasses. (Grades 3-12) 

This program is not available as outreach.

1/2-Hour Programs (choose 2)

Touch Tank: Students get up close and personal with various types of creatures that inhabit South Florida’s marine habitats such as seagrass beds, coral reefs, and mangroves. Students have the opportunity to gently touch organisms while learning about their biology, behaviors, and how human interference has affected their habitats. (Grades K-12)

Enviroscape: Using the Enviroscape model, students become members of a coastal community where they learn how pollution affects the watershed. The aquifer system of South Florida naturally provides clean drinking water but if the watershed becomes polluted, what happens to our drinking water? Students discover how their everyday actions affect the quality of their environment.  (Grades 3-12)

Fishy Friends: Acting in a fun play is a great way to teach young children the importance of various habitats and how the shape of the fish determines the type of environment where it can live. Costumes and hand puppets are available just like in a real play! (Grades K-3)

Gyotaku: Gyotaku (guh-YO-tah-koo) is the art of making Japanese fish prints. While learning the external morphology of a fish, students flex their artistic abilities by painting, printing rubber fish, and coloring habitats. This original piece of art is theirs to take home! (Grades K-5)

Plants!: Why are plants so important? How do they benefit animals such as fish and humans? Students learn the answers while exploring the anatomy of plants including edible anatomy and the differences between a fruit and a vegetable. Activities also include instructions on how to create a classroom terrarium! (Grades 1-5)

Weaving the Web: Students become their own plant or animal found in the ocean to determine what eats what by creating a classroom food web. Through witnessing how each food chain occurs, students understand how food webs are created, how complex they can be, and the importance of each organism in maintaining the balance of the oceanic ecosystem. (Grades K-3)

Wetlands Walk: Get up close and personal with the IGFA’s Wetlands! Students will get to interact with different native plant life and wildlife such as alligators, fish, turtles, and more! Discover what a wetland is and why it is essential to help protect Wetlands such as the Everglades. We may also bring the Wetlands to your classroom as an Outreach program! (Grades K-12)

 

2 1/2-Hour Programs

"Reel" Fishing: Learn the basics of fishing in the IGFA’s classroom and enjoy some “reel” fishing outside in the front ponds of the IGFA! Test your skills while trying to catch freshwater fish such as largemouth bass, bluegills, and Florida gar. We provide all of the necessary equipment and bait needed. The cost is $12.00/student with a 20 student minimum. (Grades 3-12). For smaller or larger group sizes, please contact reservations@igfa.org. (Grades 3-12).
This program is not available as outreach.

40 Minute Aftercare Programs (choose 1)

Creatures of the Deep: Students will identify the five layers of the ocean and the types of creatures that can be found at these extreme depths. The students will also learn how these creatures can survive in almost complete darkness, cold temperatures, and cope with the pressure. Afterwards, students will design their own creature using simple arts and crafts. (Grades K - 5)

Gyotaku:  Students will make an ancient art form created in Japan known as a Gyotaku (guh-YO-tah-koo). Using paint and rubber fish, the students will make fish prints that they’ll be able to take home. (Grades K - 5)

Geared up for Fishing: Students will participate in two outside activities oriented around fishing. During one activity, the students will run a relay race, dressing themselves as anglers. The second activity teaches the students how to properly cast a fishing rod and teaches the students about fishing regulations and rules in a fun and educational game. (Grades 3 - 5)

The Shark Lab: Students will gain an understanding why sharks are called the top predators of the sea. Students will use microscopes and magnifying lenses to observe shark skin and teeth in greater detail. They will also learn about their incredible sense of smell, taste, and ability to detect hidden prey using electrosensory. (Grades 3 - 5)

Touch Tank: This program provides students a chance to get up close and personal with various types of creatures that inhabit South Florida’s marine habitats. Students will have the opportunity to gently touch these creatures as well. (Grades K - 5)

Weaving the Web: Students become their own plant or animal found in the ocean to determine what eats what by creating a classroom food web. Through witnessing how each food chain occurs, students understand how food webs are created, how complex they can be, and the importance of each organism in maintaining the balance of the oceanic ecosystem.

Wetlands: An Inside Look: Students will learn what a wetland is and the many components that make up a wetlands, different types of animals, plants and even the affect we have on the limestone beneath our feet. Students will participate in multiple activities including observing and identifying different living microorganisms found in the wetlands using magnifying lenses and identification sheets. (Grades K - 5)

 

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