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Flats Ecology Curriculum

The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Flats Ecology Curriculum, built by Florida educators and scientists, uses the latest science to teach students in grades 2 – 12 about fish, their habitats, and the threats that they face. By design, our lesson plans satisfy Florida State Standards and provide learning scaffolds. Our hope is that these lessons will provide a basis of knowledge that empowers students to build a deep connection with their environment, whether as more enlightened anglers, as budding scientists, future policy experts, or some combination of the three.

Our curriculum uses the flats ecosystem to teach fundamental biological concepts, and draw attention to bigger environmental issues. Lesson plans for grades 2 – 5 focus on life cycle and ecosystem dynamics of bonefish, tarpon, permit and snook. High school lesson plans explore the major threats to these species, such as climate change and habitat destruction. We will be adding more lesson plans following this theme as our program grows and we learn more from our scientists, so check back often!

Feedback is important for us to grow. If you use one of our lesson plans, please let us know how we can improve! For questions or feedback, contact BTT’s Education Coordinator, Maggie Winchester.