Monday thru Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm, last entry at 4pm.
Flamingo Gardens Education Department offers students a variety of unique learning opportunities to explore and learn in our Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Over 30,000 children participate in our educational programs each year as part of school field trips, summer camps, and other group learning experiences. All our programs meet CPALMS standards for your grade. We offer a unique opportunity for students to observe and learn about trees, plants, birds, native wildlife and nature using a hands-on approach in our beautiful South Florida environment. It is our mission to foster curiosity, appreciation and respect for nature in children, while they have fun discovering the world around them. Programs include:
Review Class Field Trip options:
Please telephone for availability and reservations.
If you need more information, please contact the Education Department at 954-473-2955 X 115.
NEW THIS YEAR
Our Teacher Resource Packets have been updated and enhanced. We have worked with curriculum specialists to identify the educational standards for each of the activities and added an answer key for the appropriate items. We hope you will find this useful in your planning.
Flamingo Gardens is an approved site for Supplemental Arts and Science Program Funds. Check with your bookkeeper for details.
BOOKING POLICY & PROCEDURES
STAFFING: In order to provide you and your students with an informative and fun experience, a staff-guide is assigned to each group. Generally, we work with small groups of 15-30 students to make sure that students can see and hear as much as possible.
RESERVATION MINIMUM: Minimum of 15* students per group for most programs. If your group is 15 or less you will still be responsible for payment of 15 students per group. *Note: Some programs have a higher minimum.
Please have the following information ready when calling to make your Field Trip reservation:
MAKE A RESERVATION: Call Flamingo Gardens at 954.473.2955 x115 /or email education@FlamingoGardens.org to check date availability and make your reservation. We will need the following information:
A chaperone is any teacher or adult accompanying the group.
Assign chaperones a specific group of children. Adult chaperones MUST stay with their group at all times to ensure the safety of the children and completing the program.
Remind the chaperones that they are present to assist teachers in maintaining order and keeping students together.
Inadequately supervised groups or groups causing disturbances will be asked to leave without a refund.
We allow 2 chaperones per class/group (grades 1-12) or 1 chaperone per 7 children (pk-k) at no charge. All chaperones that fall within this ratio are not charged admission. Any additional adults over the grade ratio will be charged at a reduced education rate of $16.00.
Schools/organizations are responsible for collecting money from chaperones to pay in one transaction. Individual payments not accepted.
Flamingo Gardens membership benefits are not applicable on group reservations.
CONFIRMATION: Look for your Program Confirmation from Flamingo Gardens within 5 days of making a reservation.
Payment Methods: cash, checks, money orders or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.) Purchase orders are accepted. Make your check out to Flamingo Gardens. Mail to Flamingo Gardens/Education, 3750 Flamingo Rd, Davie 33330.
CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS: If there are any changes to your reservations, please call us immediately at (954-473-2955 X 115.)
Rescheduling Fee: If you need to reschedule your visit date, you will be charged a $25 rescheduling fee. Please note that rescheduling cannot be guaranteed due to limited availability.
Cancellation and Refunds:
Food/lunches: Bringing Lunches: Groups are welcome to bring their lunches; eating areas must be reserved in advance. We allow 30 minutes for lunch
Pack all lunches in closed coolers zipped cooler bags (best options) or boxes/bags.
You and your staff/chaperones are responsible for getting lunches off the buses and moving them to the storage area.
If students are carrying their individual lunches, we will provide carts.
Due to limited facilities, we suggest bringing sanitizer/wipes to expedite pre-lunch hand washing.
Picnic areas are limited in space and time, so reserve early.
Ordering lunches from Flamingo Cafe: 7 days before the visit, email lunch order to email@example.com.
Do not bring food/snacks to be eaten while on the program tour. This creates a problem with the wild birds that inhabit Flamingo Gardens.
Lunches may be eaten upon arrival or at the end of your tour, (not in the middle of your program tour.) These arrangements must be made upon booking your program date/choice. If your class has an earlier lunch at school, you may want to consider scheduling lunch upon arrival.
No matter where your school/group is assigned to eat lunch, It is important that students clean up after they eat lunch; straw wrappers, plastic wrappers, etc. are hazardous to the birds and wildlife living at Flamingo Gardens.
THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT
Day of the trip: Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the program start time to allow enough time to off-load students and lunches.
If your transportation is running late, CALL 954.473.2955 x115. We will try to accommodate your lateness, if possible.
Staffing: We assign a staff-guide/interpreter to each group. We work with groups of 15-30 students to make sure that students can see, hear and learn as much as possible.
Resources: We have prepared a packet for each of our program options. It includes vocabulary, suggested reading, writing/conversation prompts, citizen science ideas, etc. We email this to you, for you to share with your fellow teachers.
Where to go:
School buses arrive at Flamingo Gardens Main Entrance. Flamingo Gardens staff will greet you and direct you to the appropriate area for the students to disembark.
Bus Drivers can enter Flamingo Gardens at no charge.
Cars and vans proceed to the general parking area.
Greeting: A Flamingo Gardens Guide will meet your group at the bus. All students/school personal will remain in the off-loading area until the lunches and children are completely unloaded. Flamingo Gardens guides will direct you to the appropriate area.
Check-In: Give a count of students and chaperones per class/group.
No refunds will be given for no-shows.
School group is responsible for paying for the number of attendees booked as of seven (7) days prior to visit.
In the event of a remaining balance, you may pay via check, money order or a credit card, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Purchase orders are accepted for BCPS.
Suggested Dress: To help your students be prepared for a comfortable trip, we suggest: Closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes (lots of walking), shirts with sleeves, brimmed hat, appropriate dress for the expected weather.
Students should come prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and water to drink.
Last Thoughts for a good experience:
Give your students a snack prior to leaving school, as lunchtime at Flamingo Gardens is usually later than at your school site.
Share the day’s program information with your fellow teachers, so they will know what to expect.
Forward the resource packet to your fellow teachers in advance of the scheduled trip. This will enable them to prepare their students for their experience.