Your school’s visit to The Alligator Farm is much more than a field trip—it’s an educational excursion! Students discover exotic wildlife, and of course reptiles, from around the globe as they trek through the 125 year old Park. Your students will learn about the importance of our local ecosystems and the biodiversity both large and small that make up the State of Florida. All programs are aligned to Florida’s Sunshine State Standards. Please see below for the list of standards we cover during our different field trips and how you can craft your next trip to fit your student’s needs.

Take a look at the thrilling educational opportunities your students will discover at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm:

Florida Sunshine State Standards met on your visit to the Alligator Farm

1st grade standards:

SC.1.L.14.2 – Identify the major parts of plants, including stem, roots, leaves, and flowers.

SC.1.L.24.3 – Differentiate between living and nonliving things.

SC.1.L.16.1 – Make observations that plants and animals closely resemble their parents, but variants exist among individuals within a population.

SC.1.L.17.1 – Through observation, recognize that all plants and animals, including humans, need the basic necessities of air, water, food, and space.

2nd grade standards

SC.2.L.16.1 – Observe and describe major stages in the life cycles of plants and animals, including beans and butterflies.

SC.2.L.17.1 – Compare and contrast the basic needs that all living things, including humans, have for survival.

SC.2.L.17.2 – Living things can be found all over Earth, but must have a habitat that meets its basic needs.

3rd grade standards:

SC.3.L.14.2 – Investigate and describe how plants respond to stimuli (heat, light, gravity), such as the way plant stems grow toward light and their roots grow downward in response to gravity.

SC.3.L.15.1 – Classify animals unto major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.

SC.3.L.15.2 – Classify flowering and nonflowering plants into major groups such as those that produce seeds, or those like ferns and mosses that produce spores, according to their physical characteristics.

SC.3.L.17.2 – Recognize that plants use energy from the Sun, air, and water to make their own food.

4th grade standards:

SC.4.L.16.2 – Explain that although characteristics of plants and animals are inherited, some characteristics can be affected by the environment.

SC.4.L.16.3 – Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.

SC.4.L.16.4 – Compare and contrast the major stages in the life cycles of Florida plants and animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis and flowering and nonflowering seed-bearing plants.

SC.4.L.17.2 – Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.

SC.4.L.17.3 – Trace the flow of energy for the Sun as it is transferred along the food chain through the producers to the consumers.

SC.4.L.17.4 – Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.

5th grade standards:

SC.5.L.14.2 – Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support-some with internal skeletons, other with exoskeletons-while some plants have stems for support.

SC.5.L.15.1 – Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.

SC.5.L.17.1 – Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycle variations, animal behaviors, and physical characteristics.

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Download your EdVenture Guides before your trip!

Before your trip, print off and bring these activity guides to help facilitate your students’ learning while they spend their day at the park. Each guide is designed to match the Florida Sunshine State Standards for each primary grade level.

Download 1st and 2nd grade EdVenture Guide [PDF]

Download 3rd grade EdVenture Guide [PDF]

Download 4th and 5th grade EdVenture Guide [PDF]

Edu-Gator Contest

Calling all St Johns County 3rd through 5th grade students! Win an American Alligator for your Classroom for the semester!

The Edu-Gator contest gives students in St John’s County an opportunity to win a REAL LIVE AMERICAN ALLIGATOR for their classroom. The class that receives the prize will have a once in a lifetime chance to be up-close and personal with these often misunderstood animals.

The contest is designed to engage students with science and encourage them to be creative with their entries. Students will need to select a Native Florida reptile and discuss the positive or negative impacts humans have had on this species. Please then tell us how you and your school can make a positive change to aid in their overall conservation?

Please check back to download official rules, poster and entry form.

(904) 824-2227 ext. 129 • education@alligatorfarm.com

Extra Materials to get your Students exacted for their field excursion at the Alligator Farm

Coloring Page | Marsh Maze | Alligator vs Crocodile

Create a Lizard | Word Search | Field Trip Reflection

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