Educational Field Trips

Educational Field Trips

Let a trip to Safari Wilderness Ranch make this school year unforgettable!

Safari Wilderness is an education-based agri-tourism enterprise located in Lakeland, FL. Our Ranch is 260 acres within the 875 sq. mile Green Swamp Wilderness Area just 6 miles north of I-4 (exit 38) between Tampa and Orlando.

Although our visitors are numbered, we offer an exclusive, instructional, customized experience. The animals we house at our facility are extremely unique – most of the species we house here are not represented at traditional zoos because they live in such large numbers and require copious amounts of space. In addition to discovering these rare species, guests will also have a chance to learn about our domestic species (chickens, cattle, goats, etc.), and the Florida-native species who call Safari Wilderness home.

Wild field trips at the Safari Wilderness are designed to meet FL Standard Course of Study science goals and objectives. Each field trip is tailored to the topics you are covering in your classroom. See below a partial list of the topics that we can cover during your safari.

Elementary School

Kindergarten: All plants and animals have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce. Humans can better understand the world through careful observation (SC.K.L.14). Compare the structure, growth, changes, movement and basic needs of over 25 different kinds of animals

1st Grade: Offspring of plants and animals are similar to, but not exactly like, their parents or each other. Life cycles vary among organisms, but reproduction is a major stage in the life cycle of all organisms (SC.1.L.16). Learn about the life stages of animals like guinea pigs, and compare the parents to the offspring.

2nd Grade: Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs. Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment (SC.2.L.17). Understand the impact that humans have had on the animals that live here at Safari Wilderness Ranch, including the Scimitar-horned oryx which is extinct in the wild.

3rd Grade: Individuals of the same kind often differ in their characteristics and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing (SC.3.L.15). Observe the differences in the physical appearances of certain species, like the ostrich, and discuss how each might be advantageous for survival.

4th Grade: The processes of science include the formulation of scientifically investigable questions, construction of investigations into those questions, the collection of appropriate data, the evaluation of the meaning of those data, and the communication of this evaluation (SC.4.N.1). Observe large herds of zebra and discuss how scientists came to learn the reason that zebras never have flies on their skin.

5th Grade: Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can affect their survival (SC.5.L.15). Recognize ways that plants and animals can be affected by changes in their habitats, such as the introduction of an invasive species, like the pine beetle.

Middle and High School

Explore concepts of biology, Earth and environmental science, and conservation as they relate to your classroom curriculum. Discuss the impact of humans on ecosystems and the plants and animals within them.

Wild Field Trip Costs

There is a minimum cost of $580 (plus tax) for Wild Field Trips, and this fee covers the first 20 students. Any additional students after that are $29 (plus tax) per student. For every 12 students that attend the field trip, one chaperone will be free of charge. Any additional chaperones will be charged the regular Vehicle Safari price of $99 (plus tax) per person. There is $12 charge for bus parking.

All fees are subject to a tax rate of 7%. If you are a tax-exempt organization, please let us know and send us a copy of the appropriate documentation.

Formal invoices are available upon request.

How to Schedule Your Wild Field Trip

In order to ensure we can accommodate your group on your preferred date, please plan to schedule at least 1 month in advance.

To book a safari, please email the following information to [email protected]:

  • 2-3 potential dates as well as timing preferences
  • Number of students and chaperones that will be attending
  • Grade level of the students
  • Contact information for the group coordinator (name, phone, and preferred email)

When we receive your request, we will send you an email that confirms your requested date/time, or suggests an alternative. This confirmation email will also provide information about payment options and details for your visit.