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Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkJ.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife RefugeGarden Cove
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Florida!
  • Arrive in Fort Myers, FL Meet your WorldStrides representative.
  • Welcome Meeting Meet your WorldStrides representative and participate in a team building experience where you’ll be introduced to life as a scientist and learn about the tools you’ll be using in the field.
  • Hotel Check-In
Day 2 Discover Florida's Natural World
  • Breakfast
  • J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge At Sanibel Island’s visitor and education center, learn the importance of national wildlife refuges, discover exciting research, and discuss conservation topics like the Duck Stamp Act.
  • Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour Ding Darling is known as one of the best places for birding, so take out your binoculars to get firsthand experience observing bird adaptations! As you travel by tram through the refuge’s complex, you’re sure to see some of nature’s amazing creatures!
  • Lunch
  • Snorkel Seagrass Beds Get up close and personal with seagrass beds during an afternoon snorkel! You’ll learn crucial data-gathering techniques, gain a better understanding of the science behind a wave, and see the effects this natural occurrence has on coastal geography.
  • Beach Combing Set your sights on the beautiful Florida beach in search of the perfect shell!
  • Dinner and Return to Hotel
Day 3 Continue Exploring the Environment
  • Breakfast
  • Paddling Adventure Paddle among 10,000 islands in search of dolphins, sting rays, and manatees! As you kayak through a mangrove forest, you’ll identify these extraordinary species and learn about their importance to coast lines.
  • Lunch
  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Travel inland to discuss the Audubon Society at this famous location known for one of the most important conservation successes of our time: the protection of egrets from the plume trade. Explore the concept of sustainability as it relates to our environment, society, ethics, politics, and more!
  • Dinner
  • Meet with a Local Spend the evening with a local whose efforts are centered on conservation in the region.
  • Return to Hotel
Day 4 Alligators and More!
  • Breakfast
  • Clyde Butcher’s Gallery Revered by some as the modern Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher illuminates Florida’s nature through his captivating photography. This gallery brings to life topics like composition and nature photography as a career, as well as other careers in the field of science.
  • American Alligator Search Return to the Everglades to explore this unique ecosystem in search of the American Alligator. With the use of binoculars, observe this animal in its natural habitat.
  • Lunch
  • Florida Bay Boat Tour Get a glimpse of wildlife in the Everglades as you take in the sights of peregrine falcons flitting about, sharks cruising the bay waters, and dolphins chasing their prey!
  • Local Fruit Stand Stop (time permitting) Enjoy a stop at an iconic fruit stand to sample some of Florida’s mouthwatering treats.
  • Dinner
  • Everglades National Park Take an evening hike through the only subtropical preserve in North America. Hear the sounds of thousands of birds, insects, and reptiles that make the Everglades their home.
  • Return to hotel
Day 5 Encounter the Everglades!
  • Breakfast and Hotel Check-Out
  • Everglades Visitor Center Enjoy one last stop at the Everglades National Park for souvenir shopping at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center.
  • Depart Miami/Fort Lauderdale, for home *This itinerary may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation in Florida, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control.

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