Florida Keys Nature & Ecology

Starting Price $775 per person
Trip Duration 5 Days
Availibility All Year
Activity Level High level of fitness
Highlights
  • Tour the Coral Castle Museum
  • Guided tour of the Wild Bird Visitor Center
  • Snorkel tour through seagrass & mangrove ecologies
  • Kayak tour through isolated lagoons and secret passageways
  • Meet the animals, trainers, and  live presentations at a dolphin research center
  • Behind the scenes and hands on tour at a turtle hospital & rehab center
  • Tour the Crane Point Museum & hikes its trails
What To Expect

A hands on introduction to the ecology, nature, beauty & outdoor fun of the Florida Keys

Educational Benefits

This hands on tour cloaks the immense ecological and nature education with interactive and fun activities your students (and you) will love.

Customization

All Evolve Tours itineraries are completely customizable for your groups desires and needs.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to Florida Keys

Travel to the Florida keys.

Depending on departure location & travel details, visit the Coral Castle Museum. From 1923 to 1951, one man single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock. Tour the enchanting and mysterious sculpture garden of stone.

Dinner and overnight in Key Largo.

 

Day 2 - Wild Birds, Seagrass & Mangrove Snorkel

In the morning we will take a guided tour of the Wild Bird Visitor Center. Here we will learn about bird anatomy, the ecological importance of birds, and (most importantly) steps that we can take to lessen our environmental impact on birds and other wildlife.

For the afternoon we will start with an educational introduction about seagrass & mangrove ecologies. Then, we’re off on a boat snorkel in seagrass whe and  collect small invertebrates from the mangroves for further examination and discussion.

Dinner and overnight in Key Largo.

Day 3 - Kayak Tour & Dolphins

Travel further down the Keys to Marathon, FL.

Kayak tour for the morning – discover isolated lagoons and secret passageways accessible only on our Kayaks.  Explore the many tidal channels and lagoons of uninhabited Boot Key.

Afternoon at the Dolphin Research Center. Here we will observe animal behaviors (the Dolphins are free to leave as they please), chat with trainers, meet the animals, and enjoy live trainer presentations.

Dinner, evening activity, and overnight in Marathon, Fl.

Day 4 - Turtles & Nature

Spend the morning at a turtle hospital & rehab center.Here we will have a presentation on sea turtles as well as a behind the scenes look at the hospital facilities and rehabilitation area. Feed the ‘permanent residents’ at the end.

Afternoon at the Crane Point Museum & Nature Center. In addition to touring the museum, we will explore some of the rugged trails on the property to learn about hammock trees, native flowers and plants, insects and Golden Orb and Crab spiders.

Dinner, evening activity, and overnight in Marathon, Fl.

Day 5 - Homeward Bound

Begin our travels home after an amazing trip to the Florida Keys together. Optional activities on final day pending travel schedule.

Transportation
  • Airfare
    Roundtrip airfare to Miami, if coming from out of state
  • Coach
    Private coach bus for duration of tour
Accommodation
  • Hotels
    Centrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Food

Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants with accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.

Meet Our Leaders
Dan Fraser
Did you know?

Key West is the southern most city in the continental USA and is actually nearer to Havana, Cuba than to Miami, Florida.

Places You’ll Visit

Coral Castle Museum

Since it is documented that no one ever witnessed Ed Leedskalnin's labor in building his beloved Coral Castle, some have said he had supernatural power

Wild Bird Visitor Center

Conservation organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced

Dolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share

Turtle Hospital

Non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles

Crane Point Museum

See a 600-year-old dugout canoe, remnants of pirate Bellarmine jug ships, a simulated coral reef cave & more

Kayak Tour

On this kayaking trip you'll explore the many tidal channels and lagoons of uninhabited Boot Key.