The wooded drive into this 37.77-acre community park leads visitors to a full-featured playground. Nearby, an interpretive nature boardwalk invites walks and a Nature Center offers exhibits, tours and classes
To schedule a tour or arrange a visit to the Nature Center, call 321-455-1385.
Central Brevard Nature Program Field Trips
Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Schedule field trips well in advance of your visit by calling 321-455-1385.
Tour Length: All trips are 3 hours on length (includes lunch time).
Dress: Tours will be outside, so please request children wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.
Fees: $4.00 per child. No charge for Teachers or Chaperones.
Cancellations: In the event of rain, tours are automatically cancelled by the department. Lori Wilson Park
1320 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach
Grades K & 1
Ranger-guided tour to explore the Maritime Hammock, during which students will be provided with a bag to pick up interesting nature items with which to construct a creative collage. Students will also make crayon rubbings of leaf specimens. We will finish up with a walk down the beach to collect shell souvenirs.
Grades 2 & 3
"Mystery Bags" create intrigue as students tour the Maritime Hammock with a ranger and enhance their tactile perception as they identify nature objects. They will use their detective skills and investigate tree cookies followed by a related craft. In addition, they will create a set of leaf print flash cards. The field trip concludes with a beach walk for shell souvenirs.
Grades 4, 5 & 6
Explore habitat throughout the park. Take a walk through the Maritime Hammock; enjoy a scavenger hunt, then a "Turtle Talk" about life, food, and hazards experienced by sea turtles. The "Turtle Hurdles" action game will allow students to gain perspective on the problems encountered by baby sea turtles. End your trip with a walk on the beach to collect shell souvenirs. Ulumary Wildelife Sanctuary
805 Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island
Grades 4, 5, & 6
Beginning Bird Adventure: This is a two day program. On the first day, the staff visits your classroom for about two hours to provide instruction on using binoculars, bird field guides, and birding techniques and etiquette. Day two is spent on-site at the sanctuary using the previous day's training to spot and identify bird species in their natural habitat. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided for this two hour excursion. Winter months only, please. F.Burton Smith Park
7575 West SR-520, Cocoa
Grades 4, 5, & 6
We'll explore the park’s aquatic habitat. Students will investigate an ecosystem that is usually recognized only by its larger inhabitants- alligators and fish. Using dippers, water is retrieved from the wetland area. Small droplets are examined under microscopes. The inhabitants of those drops are identified using field guides and charts. Ponds pros and cons 101 are discussed and students play a game that tracks the journey of an incredibly invasive plant.
Grades 4, 5 & 6 Rotary Park
Students will embark on an adventure through the world of waste. This trip begins at the Brevard County Central Disposal Facility. Staff will board your bus and the students will be given a comprehensive tour of the Landfill. We’ll head to F. Burton Smith Park for lunch. The “Litter and Wildlife” program follows along with Recycle It Right! (a game in a game show format). This trip provides an eye-opening experience designed to forever change the way you view your trash! There is no charge for this program.
1899 South Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island
Grades K & 1
Explore wooded wildlife habitat and enhance water knowledge through activities which focus on water as a resource. Investigate the human impact on our waterways and how it affects the animal life dependent on these resources. Visit a gopher tortoise mound, learn how very interesting gopher tortoises are, and play the Tortoise Race!
Grades 2 & 3
Students tour the various ecosystems of the wooded area, then become bears and learn about "limiting factors" while experiencing them. "Habitat Lap Sit" is a game that teaches students the interdependency of wildlife. Students play a game that promotes understanding the value of protective coloring.
Grades 4, 5 and 6
Come and experience our Birding Olympics! We’ll play a series of interactive games as we learn about the winged world. There is a special emphasis on owls and even includes with a session with Dora, a live non-releasable Eastern Screech Owl.