5th - 12th Grade Marine and Barrier Island Ecology
As we cross the Everglades, students work cooperatively in teams recording what they observe in their "travel-sect" journals. We'll journey northwest to Ft. Myers to explore 6 Mile Cypress Preserve. Here we'll have the opportunity to hike through a Cypress Slough (a guided trail, walking through the pristine clear water among the cypress trees). Following lunch, we'll depart for Sanibel Island where a visit to the historic shell museum will fill us in on all the mysteries of the beautiful treasures of the beach. After we set camp at Periwinkle Park, a late afternoon session of beachcombing will allows to us find some of Sanibel’s famous shells for ourselves before watching the glorious west-coast sunset. After a well-deserved dinner, a moonlit hike will take us to a site on the beach where Native Americans may have gathered, where students will enjoy a campfire. The final trek will take us back for a night of sleep under the stars.
After breakfast, it's back to the beach to see what new treasures the morning tides have washed ashore...then off to Tarpon Bay! At Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, we sense the history as we kayak through the mangroves wondering how Sanibel's Native Americans, the Calusa, were able to survive among the prop roots. After we complete our study of mangrove ecology, we head back to break camp and refuel with a picnic lunch. We'll depart homeward along Alligator Alley, continuing to identify plants and animals along the way. We’ll hear the tales of pirates that made Sanibel and Captive infamous during the early 19th century as instructors share the secrets of how to make shell jewelry!
• $195.00 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, lodging and meals