Field experiences at Sigsbee Charter School are the heart of our science program. Students extend learning beyond the classroom by participating in local walking and wading trips and traveling into the community to access the unique culture of Key West. In addition, students learn from their environment on longer range trips to Pigeon Key, the Dry Tortugas, the Everglades and even Cuba! These trip shape our focus on "place-based education."
Students learn about the wildlife around them with Reef Relief’s introductory lessons on the coral reef, as well as having a visit from Animal Farm and a field trip to the Aquarium. Kindergartners learn about the local marine life on the Sigsbee base with a wading trip. Sigsbee Kindergarteners are busy learning about what makes Key West so special!
Students learn about the Coral Reef and marine ecosystems with Reef Relief. They also travel to the Botanical Gardens to explore and learn about the various tropical plant life. At the end of the year, students go to the Eco-Discovery Center.
Students continue their exploration of marine ecosystems in second grade with a trip to Aquarium Encounters in Marathon, where they can pet stingrays! They also build on their knowledge from years past with Reef Relief. They visit the local Botanical Gardens. They also have the opportunity to learn about swim safety at the College of Florida Keys.
Third graders at Sigsbee learn about the ecosystems in Key West with a visit to the Botanical Gardens and a trip to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Throughout the year student gain a rich understanding of biodiversity in South Florida and even get to partake in a virtual field trip to the Everglades.
The fourth-grade students explore the Botanical Gardens, Bahia Honda State Park, and have a touch tank experience at school. With a new partnership, we will also be working with Fury to explore the Key West ecosystems.
Fifth graders start the year by going to SeaCamp in Big Pine, where they learn about the interdependent relationships between plants and animals living in these marine communities. The highlight of the fifth-grade year is an overnight camping trip at Marine Lab in Key Largo, where they further investigate the marine ecosystems and go snorkeling.
Sixth grade goes to the Ingham USCG cutter to learn about the history and relevance of the Coast Guard in Key West. They also learn about the Civil War by visiting the Fort Zachary State Park. The highlight of the year is a three-night camping trip in the Everglades where students get to go slough slogging, and learn about the diversity of the Everglades and its importance to South Florida.
Seventh graders work on a year-long research program with Reef Relief that culminates in a field trip to the Dry Tortugas. Students also go to the local Courthouse and National Weather Center.
Our graduating class selects a different culminating trip every year. They've been to Washington DC, Disney, and even Cuba. In addition, the 8th-grade class works throughout the year with MOTE Marine, with hands-on STEM Labs, snorkeling at Looe Key, and touring the MOTE Marine Coral Restoration facility in Summerland.
Field Experience Partners