We went to the Green Cay Nature Center for a special group presentation of Reptiles and Amphibians. We learned about the lifestyles and characteristics of herps, how they fit in the food chain, what it means to be cold-blooded, and also what herps live in our Florida wetlands and why they are important to this wetland habitat. It was a wonderful hands-on lecture and the children had opportunities to touch: turtle shell, snake skin (shed), raccoon pelt, baby alligator, and glass lizard.
The Nature Center has a 1.5 mile elevated boardwalk that goes through a typical South Florida Wetland with interpretive signs detailing some of the sights which include:
- Various Wildlife
- Emergent Marshes
- Deep Zones
- Alligator Hole
- Cypress Swamp
- Hammock Islands
- Seminole Chickee Hut
We were most impressed with the exhibits within the nature center. The facility is just beautiful, especially the boardwalk area. Unfortunately we didn’t make it around the boardwalk, but we hope to do so on another visit.
This field trip was part of our study based on the “Young Naturalists Guide to Florida” which we hope to complete this school year. As part of this study we will travel throughout the state of Florida taking in the various eco systems and learning about local wildlife and Florida history.
I will blog about this study as we go along, so please stay tuned.