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

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 Fishing Clinic 2 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 Sunshine State Standards (SSS).

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 Sunshine State Standards (SSS).

 

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)

Adaptations: In the Adaptations lab, students will observe and identify different physical adaptations (scales, mouths, body shapes, and fin shapes) that fish use to help them successfully survive in their aquatic environment. They will gain an understanding of how physical structure(s) influences and determines function (i.e. a flounder's flat body will dictate its sedentary, bottom-dwelling position). (Grades 4-12)

Creatures of the Deep: In the Creatures of the Deep lab, students will identify the five layers of the ocean; Epipelagic, Mesopelagic, Bathypelagic, Abyssopelagic, and Hadalpelagic. They will learn what types of fish can be found at these great depths and understand how and why they are able to survive in such extreme conditions. Students will use what they learned to design their own species of deep sea creature using simple arts and crafts. (Grades K-5)

FCAT: Students will review what it means to observe the natural world as well as how to ask questions and infer information. Grades K-3 will observe and describe various types of creatures that inhabit South Florida’s marine habitats and grades 4-5 will bring their skills to the next level as they conduct experiments, follow them through to completion, and present the results. All groups in all grade levels will share their information and review the importance of collaboration in science as one of the necessary skills in research. (Grades K-5)

Field Water Chemistry: Students who participate in the Field Water Chemistry lab will measure several water quality parameters in the IGFA wetlands and determine the importance of each parameter to the environment. Once measurements are taken, students will assess the health of the water and experience some of the same struggles real field biologists encounter. (Grades 6-12)
This program is not available as Outreach.

Fishing Clinic 1 (Equipment and Regulations): In the Fishing Clinic 1 program, students will learn the basic parts and functions of different rods and reels, the different types and functions of bait, different line classes, how to tie knots, Florida State regulations, catch and release techniques, and the safety that goes along with fishing. (Grades 3-12)

Ins & Outs of Ichthyology: In the Ins & Outs of Ichthyology lab, students will examine, in some detail, the external and internal anatomy of a fish. Only by dissecting can you really appreciate the structural and functional role of the many organs, fins, and other parts of a fish. Students will learn about the relationship between an organ's texture, location, and function. During the dissection, instructors will discuss how the different structures and organs function to aid the fish in its survival. Many aspects of its structural and functional organization are identical with those of other animals, including humans; this activity is designed to teach some of the differences and similarities of anatomy between fish and humans. (Grades 5-12)

Marine Mammals: Have you ever wondered how marine mammals know where to migrate or how they stay warm in frigid water? Join us during the Marine Mammals lab for an in-depth study of the adaptations that allow these fascinating creatures to survive in the vast oceans. Students will rotate through different stations to discover how baleen is used, experience how blubber keeps marine mammals warm, and learn the importance of echolocation. Students will also be able to see and touch replica bones to distinguish which mammals they belong to! (Grades 6-12)

Sharks: During the Sharks lab, students will assess their existing knowledge about sharks and identify what information is fact and what is false. While working as a team, students will observe and identify different physical adaptations (tooth shape, tail shape, camouflage, scent and electroreception) that sharks use to help them successfully survive in their aquatic environment. They will gain an understanding of what type of marine habitats sharks live in and why sharks are called the top predators in these habitats. (Grades 5-12)

Water Chemistry: In the Water Chemistry lab, students will measure several water quality parameters that are important to fish health: salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, and pH. Once measurements are taken, students will assess the health of the water. (Grades 5-12)

Wetlands Extended: Students will learn what a wetland is and the many components that make up a wetland, the different types of wetlands, identify plants and animals, and become conscious of their impact on their local wetlands. Students will observe and identify different microorganisms found in the wetlands. (Grades 3-12)

1/2-Hour Programs (choose 2)

Touch Tank: The Touch Tank will provide 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 organisms commonly found in the mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs while learning how human interference has affected these habitats. Models depicting each habitat are used to teach the importance of these fragile ecosystems and that organisms depend on them for protection and food. (Grades K-12)

Enviroscape: With the Enviroscape, students become members of a coastal community where they learn how pollution affects the watershed. Students learn how the aquifer of South Florida cleans their drinking water and what they do every day affects our habitat through learning about their watershed. (Grades 3-12)

Fish Play: The Fish 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 it can live in. Select students wear costumes and have scripts just like in a real play! (Grades K-3)

Fish Printing: Students who do Fish Printing, or as the Japanese call it, Gyotaku (guh-YO-tah-koo), learn the external morphology of a fish and construct an original piece of art to take home! (Grades K-5)

Plants: Students will learn about the importance of plants, including their anatomy, which parts of certain plants are edible, and the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Activities also include instructions on how to create a classroom terrarium and discussion about how plants benefit both fish and humans. (Grades 1-5)

Wetlands: While participating in the Wetlands lab, students will observe the different habitats that are created by the variations in elevation. Participants will learn what a wetland is and the many components that make up a wetland, the different types of wetlands, identify plants and animals and become conscious of their impact on their local wetlands in South Florida, the Everglades. (Grades K-12) This program is not available as Outreach

 

2 1/2-Hour Programs

Fishing Clinic 2 (Hands-On Fishing): The Fishing Clinic 2 program incorporates the Fishing Clinic 1 program along with fishing in IGFA's front ponds. We provide all the equipment and bait needed while students apply what they've just learned about the basics of fishing in the IGFA's classroom. The cost for this program is $12/student. To run this special program, a minimum of 20 students is needed and chaperone assistance is required. 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)

Fish Print: 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)

Sharks!: 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)

Wetlands: 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)