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Trout Lake Nature Center’s field experiences can be used as an introduction or follow-up to important concepts educators teach during the school year. Each grade-level experience comes with pre/post visit activities to deepen the student’s learning. Using nature, our education instructors use nature to teach about adaptations, ecosystems, interdependence, heredity, weather and more.

Previously the Lake County School District paid program fees for visiting classes but this is no longer being done. Funding is in flux but the Trout Lake Nature Center is committed to providing an interactive learning experience for Lake County students and is working to fill this funding gap. Contact our office at 352-357-7536 to discuss your field experience options or to help with funding.

The Lake County Water Authority has provided grant funds to cover busing costs for participating schools. A busing application must be completed and returned to the Trout Lake Nature Center. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are expended.

ALL groups should make reservations through TLNC at [email protected] or call 352-357-7536.

How to prepare for your visit:

Once your visit is scheduled and before your visit takes place, you will receive a welcome letter from us telling you what to expect during your visit and providing pre/post visit activities. We strongly suggest these activities be completed to deepen your students learning.

Post-visit activities and program evaluation are provided on the day of your field experience. Complete and return the evaluations to TLNC, 520 East CR 44, Eustis, FL 32736

We look forward to seeing you on the day of your visit.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (attached to welcome packet): Please, conduct these activities with your students. It is essential that these activities be completed to prepare your students for their field experience and to maximize their learning.

Field Experience Requirements:

Student /Teacher Ratio: Separate the total students participating in the field experience into four groups (roughly equal in size). One adult (either teacher or approved chaperone) must accompany each group.

You must observe the 1 to 10 ratio enforced by the Lake County School District. Group size is limited to no more than 60 students or three classes.

Personal Comfort:

Most activities will take place outside. Students and adults should dress for the Florida weather. Ponchos are available from TLNC in case of wet weather.
Students are required to wear:
Closed-toe shoes
Mosquito repellent (TLNC staff/docents cannot apply repellent, it must be applied by the parent.)

Pack It In, Pack It Out Policy:

Bring large trash bags to collect and take any trash created by your visit with you. Facilities have been cleaned in preparation for your visit and should be left in the condition you found them. You can use our dumpster to dispose of your trash on your way off the property.

Collecting Specimens: We are a preserve for birds, animals and plants. No collection is allowed without the permission of instructors or staff. Often, trails are “salted” with natural artifacts as part of the learning process so removal is not allowed.

Grade-Level Focus Areas

Grade K:  Organization and Development of Living Things – Download

Grade 1:  Plants – Download

Grade 2:  Interdependence – Download

Grade 3:  Classifying Vertebrates and Invertebrates – Download

Grade 4:  Interdependence and Heredity – Download

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