FLORIDA: Marine & Wetland Ecology

CORAL REEFS / freshwater wetlands / Coastal Estuaries

This program has been UPDATED! Daniel traveled down to work with our partners and set up all of our amazing experiences. Check out the new itinerary below.

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 Homestead for two days exploring the aquatic biomes in and around Everglades National Park. hiking, slogging, kayaking, wildlife and more!
TOPICS: Marine Biology, coral reefs, herpetology, wetland ecosystems, SCUBA.

PROGRAM DATES: July 8-14, 2019 (NEW DATES!)

LENGTH: 7 Days

LOCATIONS: Islamorada, Florida Keys, Florida City, Everglades

ELIGIBILITY: Those who will complete 8th grade by trip departure


TUITION INCLUDES: Roundtrip airfare from CLE, transfers, taxes and fees, accommodations, meals, transportation, park fees, conservation program fees, tips, guides, drivers, vehicles, and all trip activities.

ADDITIONAL COSTS: Trip insurance (about $100), souvenirs & personal items, food at airports, and any needed medicines (consult your doctor). DEPOSIT: $500 (non-refundable if accepted to the program)



Day 01 : Fly to Fort Lauderdale / Drive 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.

Dolphin houseboat
Islamorada Hiouseboats
The view from one of the houseboats

Day 02 : Islamorada / Dive shop introduction / Dive classes / SCUBA Dive

Day 03 : Islamorada / SCUBA Dive

Day 04 : Islamorada / SCUBA Dive / Drive to Homestead

Day 05 : Homestead, Everglades / Swamp slog / Freshwater kayak

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Day 06 : Homestead, Everglades / Mangrove slog / Saltwater kayak

Day 07 : Drive to Fort Lauderdale, Fly to CLE


Islamorada Dive Center

From the IDC site: “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

From Garl’s site: “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.”