This tour is a learning experience in the Everglades Area and is superb for the entire family to take part in. Limited to just six guests, it is a personalized, hands-on eco-adventure.
Everyday is different in the Everglades and 10,000 Islands so your guides try to be very flexible and dynamic allowing them to adapt to the day's circumstances. They want to provide you the best experience that they can. The tour may/will include a bit of birding, some photography, strolling through tidal pools, shelling on a remote beach, fishing, exploration of one of the 10,000 Islands and beach seine-netting for underwater life.
Your licensed US Coast Guard Captain and Florida Master Naturalist Guide, in a very comfortable power boat, will take you through the mangrove estuary of the coastal Everglades and 10,000 Islands. You will learn about the area as a whole - its unique ecosystems, as well as, it's rich heritage and culture. You may to encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, roseate spoonbills and/or numerous species of fish and shore birds.
9:00 am & 1:30 pm daily
Once you reach a remote barrier island destination, you will leave the power boat for a hands-on experience in the island's inter-tidal zone. With assistance, you'll use supple seine nets to temporarily and humanely capture samples of the wonderfully diverse critters that call this zone home. Magnifying viewing devices are used to view, examine and identify the various species before they are carefully released. For parents and grandparents wanting an active role as educators, your naturalists guides will facilitate the experience and help you be the instructor.
The seine activity is a wonder hands-on, multi-generational experience that will have you wading in thigh deep waters (if you actively participate)! Your guide will discuss the day's possibilities with you. However, if there is something that you specifically wish to do or NOT to do, please let your guide know.
This tour was developed from experiential student courses for home school groups, high schools and colleges. This is a learning adventure for the entire family.
You will need to bring your personal items and whatever you wish to eat and drink. The boat will have an iced cooler for your drinks and snacks. It is suggested you bring hats, polarized sunglasses, jackets (appropriate for the day's weather condition on an open boat), binoculars and cameras. Please be sure to bring protective footwear that you do not mind getting wet, or even muddy. Flip-flop type sandals are not appropriate. Bug spray is sometimes a good idea if it is warm.
48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick up.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
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