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
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- Local Fruit Stand Stop:
Enjoy a stop at an iconic fruit stand to sample some of
Florida’s mouthwatering treats.
- 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’