Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Historic Spanish Point Campus

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Historic Spanish Point Campus

Come visit 30 beautiful bay-front acres centrally located in Sarasota County, Florida.  Learn about the region’s prehistory in ‘A Window to the Past’, the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound. Your family also will connect to Florida’s inspiring pioneers at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901.



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Pioneer Life at Historic Spanish Point Virtual Tour

Program description

Explore pioneer life at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus!

Designed for 4th grade students, this exploration introduces students to what we know about pioneer life at Historic Spanish Point.

This exploration features a pre-recorded video tour (~33 minutes) of the Guptill House, Boatyard, and Packing House at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus with Selby Gardens staff. Students will learn about what brought pioneers like the Webbs and Guptills to Historic Spanish Point and what their day-to-day lives looked like. They will also learn about the research methods used to gather information about pioneer life.

This exploration is accompanied by an interdisciplinary curricular unit, with 7 activities that thoughtfully combine numerous instructional standards in social studies, science, math, and language arts. Students will analyze primary sources like historians, build boats to sharpen both STEM and financial literacy skills, and even learn about the delicious science behind churning butter!

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Booking / scheduling contact

Anastasia Sallen, Director of Environmental Education

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Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: Online Virtual Exploration
Population served: 3-5
Subject: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
Bilingual: No

Virtual Tour

337 N Tamiami Trail

Osprey FL 34229


Is transportation needed for this exploration?: No
Is financial assistance offered?: Yes

Program info

Summer or Family Programs Offered?: yes