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2nd Grade Programs At RHEC

2nd grade programs offered by the RHEC are aligned to the Florida State Science Standards and are offered to complement existing classroom curricula.  Upon scheduling the fielld trip to RHEC teachers may choose three programs in which their students will participate.  Please note that some programs are seasonal and may be changed for rainy days.



      Beach in a Box

Have you ever been to the beach and wondered what in the world is "that"?  The beach program offers a hands on look at all types of specimens found at the beach.  Students will have live marine critters in tubs right in front of them!  They will get to examine, measure, describe, as well as compare and contrast the different animals.  They will also get to visit the touch tank allowing them the opportunity to touch all types of sea life!  Finally they will have the opportunity to visit the sand box and dig for things they might find on the beach - then they must decided if it is naturally occursing on the beach or not.  Discussions of the different marine environments will inform students of the unique characteristics that enable such diverse life in our watery world.

  Bird Bus

 Do you like to go bird watching?  This lesson starts in the bird classroom where students compare and contrast the characteristics of mammals, reptiles, and birds.  They will discuss and examine the different types of bird feathers and learn to identify common woodland birds.  Students will learn about different adaptations that owls have for being nocturnal. Finally they will get to climb aboard the one-of-a-kind “Bird Bus” where they will have the opportunity to learn the proper use of binoculars and will get to see and hear woodland song birds, all only inches away!     


Fall: Butterfly

Explore the vibrant butterfly garden specially designed for walking among butterflies! Students observe and learn the names of local species of butterflies. They will study the different stages in the life cycle of the butterfly.  While walking through the garden they will be introduced to the difference between nectar plants (butterfly feeding) and host plants (caterpillar feeding).


Winter & Spring: Creepy CrawlyMealworm Beetle

  Is a spider an insect?  What about a crab?  This program will teach students the main characteristics of insects through the use of live specimens.  Participants will study the stages in the life cycle of the mealworm beetle while actually observing a live larva, pupa, and adult in a petri dish right in front of them! By the end of this lesson students will be able to easily identify insects as well as various arthropods (including crabs, spiders, scorpions, and more).  Fun insect rubbings are included!   

 Nature Trail

 Take a walk through the woods and use your observation skills to learn about plants and animals!  Students hike our nature trail and learn about the plants found along the trail.  Using picture clues and their senses, second graders use analytic thinking skills to determine the names of different types of plants and to identify wildlife.    


Meet our friendly box turtles, red-eared sliders, cooters, bearded dragons, iguanas, and our awesome snakes face-to-face!  These ambassadors to the reptile world help students discover and learn the characteristics that make them unique.  They will learn about the four groups of reptiles:  turtles and tortoises, alligators and crocodiles, lizards, and finally snakes.  They will also learn how these interesting creatures are adapted to live in specific environments


Young Naturalist

  In this program students will become young naturalists! They will go on a scavenger hunt to explore the natural world and all of the wonders and treasures that it holds.  This activity will teach children to become keen observers developing those all important skills of observation and documentation while learning plant parts, the basic necessities that plants and animals need to survive, that there are plants and animals all over the world but each is adapted to live in a specific habitat, and that plants and animals depend on one another for survival.