Our Everglades exploration adventure charts a historical course through this unique ecosystem that is vital to Florida’s natural systems. As we arrive at the Miccosukee Indian village and meet our Miccosukee guide, we begin to learn the “real story” behind such famous historical practices, like alligator wrestling. Exploring the recreated village and museum, we begin to understand the amazing culture of the people who have lived in this remarkable area for generations. A guided ride on an airboat into the River of Grass gets us up close and immersed in this amazing ecosystem, where we can better understand what living there would be like. An optional guided slogging adventure through Everglades National Park can be arranged for those groups who want to truly feel the layers of the Everglades beneath their feet!
Following lunch and a short ride later, we enter Everglades National Park to explore the unique Shark Valley area. Boarding the tram for our 2-hour adventure, we have the opportunity to loop deep into the park on a specially-paved path. As we spot many bird species and countless alligators, the rangers share the stories of the special geological history and environmental significance of this area of the Everglades. Returning to school, we compare notes about what we have seen and learned in this important ecosystem and what it might be like to find a home within it.