FLORIDA [TEAM Adventure]

CORAL REEFS / freshwater wetlands / Coastal Estuaries

OVERVIEW: Journey with Sprout to south Florida for an IMMERSIVE experience with scientists and wildlife experts. First, we fly to Fort Lauderdale, pick up our vehicle, and drive down to Islamorada, in the Keys. We will experience the best diving Florida has to offer with the best dive crew at Islamorada Dive Center. You do NOT have to be certified to SCUBA dive to participate in this program! You will receive instruction from a special series of classes and dives. Next we travel to Redlands for two days exploring the aquatic biomes in Everglades National Park. hiking, slogging, kayaking and more!

TOPICS: Marine Biology, coral reefs, herpetology, wetland ecosystems, SCUBA. 
PROGRAM DATES: July 9-14, 2019 (NEW DATES!) 
LENGTH: 6 Days 
LOCATIONS: Islamorada, Florida Keys, Redland, Everglades 
ELIGIBILITY: Those who will complete 8th grade by trip departure 
TUITION: $3,500
FINANCIAL AID: Ask about SPECIAL DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS for this program only!
TUITION INCLUDES: Roundtrip airfare from CLE, transfers, taxes and fees, accommodations, meals, transportation, park fees, conservation program fees, tips, guides, vehicles, and all trip activities. 
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Trip insurance (about $100), souvenirs & personal items.
DEPOSIT: $500 (non-refundable if accepted to the program)


EXPECTED ITINERARY

 

Day 01 : CLE / Fort Lauderdale / Islamorada

Depart CLE for Fort Lauderdale, pick up our vehicle, and drive down to Islamorada. Once we arrive at our destination in the Florida Keys, we check into our accommodations: a series of newly renovated houseboats at Mangrove Marina.


Day 02 : Islamorada / Dive intro / SCUBA

Wake up on beautiful Islamorada and get over to the dive shop. In the morning, we complete introduction to diving in the pool. After lunch, we get on the boat and head out on the ocean, where we will experience SCUBA diving!


Day 03 : Islamorada / SCUBA / Redland

In the morning, we SCUBA dive from the boat. We will explore a different area than the dives the day before. After lunch, we check out from the houseboats and drive up to the Redland area in south Florida. Once again, our accommodations are unique: remodeled classic airstream trailers! We will be staying on an amazing sustainable farm with guestrooms, airstreams, a beautiful pool. Best of all, our host is a professional chef, and he will be providing our meals!


Day 04 : Redland / Everglades / Mangrove slog / Saltwater kayak


Day 05 : Redland / Everglades / Swamp slog / Freshwater kayak


Day 06 : Redland / Fort Lauderdale / CLE


PROGRAM PARTNERS

Islamorada Dive Center

“The Islamorada Dive Center (IDC) is a full service PADI scuba diving resort in the Florida Keys, offering daily guided scuba diving trips, scuba instruction, and private dive charters. You can find us at Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle (mile marker 84 along the Overseas Highway).”

Garl’s Coastal Kayaking

“Our guides know the Everglades backcountry as if it were their own backyard. Let our experienced team of guides and naturalists show you the beauty of Florida's largest wilderness. Our guides will show you the various ecosystems that make the Everglades one of the most prolific wildlife viewing destinations in the world. From slogging to kayaking, we offer a complete package.”


SPECIES OBSERVED TO DATE

American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis
American Crocodile Crocodylus acutus
Cottonmouth
Egret
Heron

Lemon Shark Negaprion brevirostris
Manatee Trichechus manatus
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja