Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point

Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point

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.

Registration is now open for Historic Spanish Point Summer Adventure Camps!  Our camps will give your children and grandchildren access to invigorating outdoor fun and learning.  Space is limited, so sign up today.


941-966-5214, x. 2900

Archaeology and Early People at Historic Spanish Point Virtual Tour

Program description

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

Designed for 3rd – 5th grade students, this exploration introduces students to the First Peoples who inhabited the Sarasota area approximately 5,000 years ago, and the archaeological work conducted at Historic Spanish Point that has helped us to understand their culture and lifestyle.

This exploration features a pre-recorded video tour (~25 minutes) of the important archaeological sites at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus with Selby Gardens staff.  Students will learn how early people lived and built their society in Florida. They will also learn about the science of archaeology and how archaeologists study the ancient past.

Accompanying this virtual tour is a downloadable curriculum packet with 6 interdisciplinary activities – including a simulated archaeological excavation- that can be done in the classroom or modified for online learning from home.

Ready to book? Fill out the School Tour Booking Request Form here

Booking / scheduling contact

Anastasia Sallen, Director of Environmental Education

   941-366-5731 x 273

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


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

Program info

Summer or Family Programs Offered?: yes