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Space Exploration with WorldStrides

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon. With more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong climbed down a ladder, set foot on the moon, and said those now-famous words: “That’s one small step…

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Splash into Science: 5 days in the Florida Keys (Part 2)

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One of our account managers, Elizabeth, joined a group of students from the Midwest on their Splash into Science program in the Florida Keys. This is part two of her recap of the experience. Read part one here.  Day 3 Our third day in Florida…

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Splash into Science: 5 days in the Florida Keys (Part 1)

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As an Account Manager at WorldStrides, I get some pretty amazing opportunities. One of those came with the invitation to accompany a school group from the Midwest on their Splash into Science program last fall, along with two colleagues, Nikki and Gina. We were only in Florida for…

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Crystal River

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Students visit Crystal River and experience one of the highlights of the program – swimming with manatees! Comprised of 20 islands surrounded by spring-fed water, Crystal River is a warm water refuge for over 25% of the nation’s endangered Florida manatee population. Students dive right…

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Rainbow River

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Students see abundant wildlife as they snorkel in the crystal fresh water of the Rainbow River. They may even get to see prehistoric shark’s teeth, which are being released as the underground limestone caverns erode. The 5.7 miles of winding river have attracted and sustained…

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Mote Marine Laboratory

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Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to excellence in marine science and education. Operating out of the laboratory is the Center for Shark Research, which conducts research in all aspects of shark biology, including population dynamics, movement patterns, and feeding mechanisms….

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Fort De Soto

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The largest park in the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto consists of over 1,000 acres of land on five interconnected islands. These keys are teeming with plant and animal life; visitors can examine mangrove forests, wetlands, palm hammocks, stands of hardwoods, and scores…

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park is a 168-acre park that offers visitors the opportunity to get up-close to some of Florida’s native species of wildlife. The 1.1 miles nature walk takes you past alligators, river otters, a hippopotamus, black bear, white-tailed deer, bobcats, snakes, birds of prey,…

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Shark Valley

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Located on the northern edge of Everglades National Park, Shark Valley lies in the heart of the “river of grass” that stretches over 100 miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. Take a tram ride through the park, where you may run into…

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