4th - 12th Grade   Comparative Ecosystems and Marine Ecology
Explore the delicate and beautiful ecosystem of Key Largo’s mangrove estuary! As we journey down to Key Largo, students discuss the KLOE (Kissimmee River–Lake Okeechobee-Everglades) system and observe the relationship between the Everglades and the Keys and the changing salinity of Florida Bay. As we spot the encroaching mangrove trees, we look out for osprey nests which line our route.


After arriving at the kayaking launch site, we’ll begin a brief kayaking lesson and set off across the bay to explore the mangrove estuary. As the herons soar past, we discuss the importance of mangroves both to humans and to wildlife. We learn that from the smallest invertebrate to large reef fish, an incredible diversity of organisms depend on both these mangrove communities and the submerged sea grass beds for their continued survival. Returning from our kayaking adventure, we'll head to John Pennekamp State Park for a swim in the lagoon and lunch. Departing Key Largo in the late afternoon, we’ll look out for hunting ospreys as we share stories, before we make one final stop at the famed “Robert is Here” tortoise farm and smoothie stand before journeying home.
• $90.00 per student
• Based on a minimum of 36 students and a maximum of 48 students
• Based on Broward county departure.
• Includes coach transportation, instruction, equipment, and meals
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