6 days

Program Overview

Discover Florida from the pure springs and native wildlife to space exploration and more! Meet the amazing crocodilians in the Croc Encounters haven. Experience hands-on STEAM learning at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) and explore fascinating exhibits. Snorkel in Crystal River, where the manatees swim. Search for fossils in the clear waters of Rainbow River. Dissect a shark, kayak among the mangroves and go on aquatic adventures at Fort DeSoto State Park. Watch the sunset over the Gulf at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. After so many earth explorations, the program soars into space at the Kennedy Space Center. See the Space Shuttle Atlantis, try a simulated launch out of our atmosphere, learn from an astronaut and find out what it takes to get a person to the moon.

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Destination Highlights

Engage in STEAM learning designed to match the grade level of each school group at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). While there, explore their incredible exhibits of dinosaurs, emerging technology, the wonders of the earth and beyond. Gain a new understanding about the 23 species of crocodilians at Croc Encounters, a haven for reptiles that encourages public awareness and preservation. At this reptile sanctuary, we invite students to stretch their comfort levels a little through interactions with these amazing animals that have barely evolved since the age of dinosaurs.

Experience the abundant natural beauty of Fort DeSoto State Park. On this historic beach, students are invited to dissect a shark, help out on a coastal clean-up and kayak among the mangroves. At the American Pro Dive Shop get snorkel gear and receive a lesson in snorkel safety from diving experts. Take a guided tour of Crystal River and go snorkeling among the majestic manatees. Hunt the limestone caverns on a swim in Rainbow River in search of prehistoric fossils, including shark teeth. Spend an evening on the boardwalk at Clearwater Beach, which is absolutely picturesque in the evening.

Celebrate the impact of space travel at Kennedy Space Center in exhibits showcasing the innovations that took humanity into the stars. See the Space Shuttle Atlantis, now on display after its 33 missions since its first flight in 1985. Experience the excitement of launching into orbit in a simulated shuttle launch. Over lunch, students get to listen to the personal stories of a veteran astronaut, from training to what floating in space truly feels like. At the Apollo/Saturn V Center, see a real Saturn V moon rocket, so gigantic that it is larger than the Statue of Liberty.

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Learning Outcomes

This 6-Day STEAM program immerses students in the aquatic environments of Florida and expands their outlook into the stars at Kennedy Space Center. Experiential learning opportunities abound with encounters with manatees, crocodilians and other native wildlife. The educational opportunities at MOSI enhance STEAM learning at any age. Learn snorkel safety and explore the Crystal River for fossils. Environmental conservation is encouraged with hands-on examples of biodiversity, beach clean-up, interactions with animals and more. During their space adventure, students learn about NASA’s space shuttle program, explore dynamic exhibits, have their questions answered by a veteran astronaut and discover what it takes to journey to the moon.

Services Included

Transportation

Private transportation provided throughout the program.

Activities

All scheduled activities and experiences are included in the cost.

Tours and Site Visits

Tailored educational experiences, tours and site visits.

Accommodations

Local hotel (quad occupancy) accommodations, with a night chaperone to ensure security.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily: breakfast and dinner.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

People

Program guides create a fun and engaging learning experience for students.