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Mayor James Urges Residents to Prepare for the Storm

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Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23-square mile remnant of the Everglades that serves as the surface water supply for West Palm Beach.

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Swamp Tromp



Swamp Tromp Field Trip Activity

Get your feet wet on an off-boardwalk hike through the Everglades! Pretend you are a member of a Florida Native American tribe as you slog through the swamp.  Learn how plants have adapted to live in this habitat, and which species you could use for food, medicine, and to build a shelter.  What would happen if all those resources were used up?

Relevant Standards: 

3rd  Grade

SC.3.P.9.1 Describe the changes water undergoes when it changes state through heating and cooling by using familiar scientific terms such as melting, freezing, boiling, evaporation, and condensation.

SC.3.L.14.1 Describe structures in plants and their roles in food production, support, water and nutrient transport, and reproduction.

SC.3.L.17.1 Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.

4th  Grade

SC.4.E.6.3 Recognize that humans need resources found on Earth and that these are either renewable or nonrenewable.

SC.4.L.17.4 Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.

5th  Grade

SC.5.L.14.2 Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support -- some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons -- while some plants have stems for support.

SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

6th  Grade

 SC.6.E.6.1 Describe and give examples of ways in which Earth's surface is built up and torn down by physical and chemical weathering, erosion, and deposition.

 SC.6.E.6.2 Recognize that there are a variety of different landforms on Earth's surface such as coastlines, dunes, rivers, mountains, glaciers, deltas, and lakes and relate these landforms as they apply to Florida

 SC.6.E.7.4 Differentiate and show interactions among the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

7th  Grade

SC.7.E.6.6 Identify the impact that humans have had on Earth, such as deforestation, urbanization, desertification, erosion, air and water quality, changing the flow of water.

SC.7.L.17.3 Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites.

SC.7.L.17.2 Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms such as mutualism, predation, parasitism, competition, and commensalism

8th  Grade

SC.8.L.18.1 Describe and investigate the process of photosynthesis, such as the roles of light, carbon dioxide, water and chlorophyll; production of food; release of oxygen.

SC.8.L.18.2 Describe and investigate how cellular respiration breaks down food to provide energy and releases carbon dioxide.

High School

SC.912.L.17.4 Describe changes in ecosystems resulting from seasonal variations, climate change and succession

SC.912.L.17.6 Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms, including predation, parasitism, competition, commensalism, and mutualism

SC.912.L.17.8 Recognize the consequences of the losses of biodiversity due to catastrophic events, climate changes, human activity, and the introduction of invasive, non-native species.

SC.912.E.6.2 Connect surface features to surface processes that are responsible for their formation.

SC.912.E.7.3 Differentiate and describe the various interactions among Earth systems, including: atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and biosphere