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Students climbing high ropes at USF

About the Field Activity Program


What really sets the GCA educational program apart from other schools is the Field Activity Program. These weekly field experiences enhance the instructional program while also providing safe and supervised physical activities.

The Field Activity Program has the additional purpose of providing organized and interactive experiential learning opportunities that:

  • Instill self confidence

  • Foster positive team interaction

  • Encourage responsible behavior

  • Offer physical challenges

  • Provide supporting activities for the core academic program

Field experiences may consist of a combination of events on any given Field Activity Program day. The list below is a representative and condensed sample of the age-appropriate activities that GCA students can look forward to taking part in. 

Students in Three-Legged Race

Educational Program Information


Three Students Caving
Skill and Confidence Building Activities
  • Vertical Ventures 

  • (Climbing); Low Ropes Course Activities; 

  • USF High Ropes Course

Outdoor Activities
  • Kayaking

  • Archery

  • Kendo

  • Caving

  • Snorkeling

  • Hiking

  • Rock Climbing and Bouldering 

Team Games
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee

  • Capture the Flag

  • Flag Football

  • Basketball

  • Volleyball

  • Golf

  • Softball

Water Activities
  • Fishing 

  • YMCA Swimming/Snorkeling Skills

  • First Aid/CPR Certification 

  • Boating Certification

Service Activities
  • Environmental Land Maintenance

  • Support for the Elderly 

  • Animal Shelter (Humane Society of Hernando County)

Students conducting water-quality testing
Student piloting a boat

Activities Supporting the Core Academic Program & Service Activities

  • Theatrical Performance

  • Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

  • Shell Island Marine Science Oyster Lab

  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) IMAX Films

  • Kennedy Space Center / Astronauts Memorial Foundation

  • Hernando County Public Library System

  • Vulcan Mines

  • Florida Aquarium

  • Devils Den

  • Crystal Springs Preserve

  • Cave Exploration

  • Compass/GPS Orienteering

  • Video Production and Design

  • Manatee Encounter

  • Survival Activity

  • River Critter Round-up

  • Model Rocket Building and Launch

  • Renaissance Faire at Lady of the Lakes

  • Holocaust Museum and Memorial

  • Sea Turtle Program

  • Mote Marine Lab

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