About the Manatee Trip

Fifth grade students get to take an overnight trip to Florida to visit a manatee sanctuary. The experience includes swimming with manatees, and learning a great deal about science, ecosystems, and an interesting endangered species.

Photograph of a manatee
Image from National Geographic

What are manatees?

Manatees are large, loving mammals. They are also called sea cows and calves. They are complete herbivores.

Why are manatees endangered?

They are often harmed by people speeding in boats along the shores.