Students will follow in the footsteps of Captain Francis LeBaron as they discover fossil wonders of our state, much as he may have done in 1881! The trip will begin at Archbold Biological Research Station, where students will investigate the endangered Florida scrub and its endemic species, including the captivating scrub jay- a bird with great biological significance and a great personality! After a hearty lunch, we will travel to Joshua Creek, known for its wide variety of fossils and authentic Native American artifacts. Here, we’ll learn to be real fossil hunters, finding ancient treasures. Many sharks teeth and perhaps a manatee rib bone later, we'll then travel to our campsite, settle into our cabins and enjoy a great "home cooked" meal. A full evening of activities includes a genuine Native American campfire, story telling and our ever popular Spirit Creature game.
After breaking camp the next morning, we'll whisk away for the core of Bone Valley...a canoe trip down the Peace River! We'll launch our canoes into the meandering river, where we're bound to spot turtles and many varieties of native birds. Students will discover the real Florida of the past as they use specially designed tools to screen through black phosphate pebbles on the river bottom. The diversity of fossils is amazing! Following a picnic lunch, we'll head home. The bus will become a "traveling museum", as we identify and categorize our finds...and learn to make shark tooth jewelry!