School Visits: Grades 6-12

GREEN TRANSPORTATION TODAY

Grades: K-12Green-Transportation-Today
Subject area: Environmental Science

Description: Students will learn about the importance of transportation in cities, and be able to list modes of transportation from least to most harmful to the environment. Students will discuss transportation alternatives for reduction of air pollution and obtaining a sustainable environment. Students will learn about Green Transportation practices, which means any kind of transportation method or vehicle that is eco-friendly and does not negatively impact the immediate environment. Students will understand that urban planning and infrastructure influences how citizens navigate the city and evaluate parts of Miami-Dade County in terms of eco-friendly transit.

Activities:

  • Green Transportation Presentation (15 min)
  • Exhibit Tour: “Ludlam Trail 2020: From Grassroots to Treetops” (35 min.)
  • Exhibit Tour: “Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail” (35 min.)
  • Collaborative Art Activity: As a class, under the guidance of a Museum Educator, students will create The Ludlam Trail master plan by working in small groups designing different sections of the former railroad line in Miami. (30 min.)

Duration: 2 hours
Site: Coral Gables Museum
Cost: Exhibition tours are $5 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.

LOCAL ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN PROGRAM

Grades: 6-12Local-Architecture-and-Urban-Design
Subject area: History, Architecture, Urban Design

Description: Students will learn about history, architecture (with emphasis on Mediterranean style) and urban design. Students evaluate the current state of the City of Coral Gables in terms of Green Living and Green Design and the current development initiatives. Additionally, this program includes the Urban Design and Architecture Pre and Post Visit Packet with educational tools and resources for teachers and students.

Click here for pre- and post-visit materials for Urban Design and Architecture.

Activities:

  • Exhibit Tour: “Creating the Dream: George Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables” (35 min.)
  • Downtown Walking Tour (35 min.)
  • Art Activity: Design an Urban Plan (30 min.)

Duration: 2 Hours
Site: Coral Gables Museum and City Tour
Cost: City tours are $10 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.

BUILDING GREEN: The Tin Box

Grades: 6-12Building-Green-Option-1
Subject area: Architecture, Eco-Design, Environmental Science

Description: Students learn how to design and build in a manner that reduces waste and detriment on our natural resources and environment. Topics include: LEED certification, identifying eco-friendly building materials, the lessons of the tropical house, solar design, energy use and conservation, water use and conservation, sustainable landscape design through the use of native flora and application of sustainability concepts to interior design.

Activities:

  • Teacher reviews PPT/video on LEED building (provided by Museum) in the classroom prior to visit (15 min.)
  • Tour of The Tin Box, a new LEED home designed by architect David Rifkind (1 hr.) (10am-11am)
  • Design Activity and picnic lunch at park (1 hour) (Pending weather)

Duration: 1-2 hours on site
Site: Site Visit to The Tin Box, private residence
Cost: City tours are $10 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.

THIS OLD HOUSE

Grades: 6-12Building-Green-Option-2
Subject area: Architecture, Eco-Design, Environmental Science, and Historic Preservation

Description: Students learn how to design and build in a manner that reduces waste and detriment on our natural resources and environment. Topics include: LEED certification, historic preservation, adapting existing buildings to be more energy efficient, identifying eco-friendly building materials, and sustainable landscape design through the use of native flora.

Activities:

  • Introduction by Museum staff about historic preservation and LEED (15 min.)
  • Tour of Coral Gables Museum highlighting LEED initiatives led by Museum staff (40 min.)
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour (40 min.)
  • Art Activity: Restore, Renovate, Update and Repurpose and Old House (30 min.)

Duration: 2 hours
Site: Coral Gables Museum
Cost: City tours are $10 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.

DESIGNING SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Grades: 3-12Designin-Sustainable-Cities
Subject area: Urban Planning, Community Development, and Environmental Science

Description: Students will identify and discuss elements of a city; public spaces, dwellings, commercial buildings, schools, parks, sidewalks, landscaping, streetscapes, transportation systems (trolleys, bike paths). A city is shaped by both small scale and large-scale elements. How can these elements contribute to sustainability? City design and planning is a collaborative process that includes input from architects, urban designers, government officials, landscape architects, environmentalists and engineers. How is Coral Gables sustainable? How does it compare to my neighborhood in terms of being green? How can these neighborhoods improve?

Activities:

  • Green City Walking Tour, grades 3-12 (1 hour)
  • Create a Green Community Interactive Activity, grades 3-12 (40 min.)
  • Art activity (20 min.):
    • Green Streetscape Design, grades 3-5
    • Design a Green City Map. Individual urban planning activity. Consider sustainable components, grades 6-12

Duration: 2.5 hours
Site: Coral Gables Museum and City Tour
Cost: City tours are $10 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.

DESIGNING GREEN GARDENS

Grades: 6-12
Subject area: Environmental Science

Description: Students will: learn how to compost; be able to identify native plants of South Florida; understand how native plants are eco-friendly; and discover the role of a landscape architect. Then, students design a native plant garden of their own.

Activities:

  • “Home is Where the Forest Is” guided collaborative activity (25 min.)
  • Native Plants of South Florida presentation (25 min.)
  • Courtyard Garden Tour (15 min.)
  • Native Plant Garden Design Activity (30 min.)

Duration: 2 hours
Site: Coral Gables Museum
Cost: Exhibition tours are $5 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.