The Historic Spanish Point campus offers two programs to area students.
The Pioneer Life Program
The Pioneer Life program is designed for fourth grade students and features a curriculum booklet for each student for interdisciplinary classroom preparation prior to an experienced-filled field trip to our 30-acre outdoor museum. The 2.5 hour tour follows the story of the Webb family, who built their homestead at Historic Spanish Point in 1867. The Webb family was an early pioneer family in the Sarasota County area and lived here until 1910. Students will tour the historic homes of this family and the reconstructed packinghouse and reconstructed chapel while learning how this pioneer family survived the Floridian frontier. The tour also includes a hand-on activity in which students will learn the skill of weaving.
The Native American People/Archaeology Program
The Native American People/Archaeology program is designed for second and third grade students and features a curriculum booklet for each student for interdisciplinary classroom preparation prior to an experience-filled field trip to our 30-acre museum. On the 2.5 hour tour, students explore the archaeological sites and are taught how prehistoric people lived and built their society in ancient Florida while learning how archaeologists study the ancient past. This tour includes a hands-on activity where students will participate in a simulated archaeological excavation and will learn how to identify artifacts.
Book a School Tour
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In addition to docent-led field trip opportunities, Selby Gardens has several self-guided explorations available to teachers throughout the year. School groups can reach curricular goals, deepen understanding of classroom lessons, and support unique student needs and interests with a teacher-led visit to explore Selby Gardens. For more information on Selby Gardens Educational Programs, please email email@example.com.