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Program #11908RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
No elevation is above 100 ft

Equipment Requirements
Binoculars (Spotting Scope also recommended)

Itinerary for Mar 8 — Mar 13, 2015

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Type: Inn

Description: This hotel has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests. Stroll the beaches or explore the nearby islands when you visit Fort Myers, offering family-friendly seaside fun, ecological explorations, and a thriving nightlife. The Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU hotel, FL, located off I-75 at exit 123, is the closest hotel to Germain Arena. Only a few minutes’ drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, our hotel is less than one mile from Miromar Outlet Mall and within 5 miles of Florida Gulf Coast University. Enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle service between the hours of 7:00am to 10:00pm from our Estero hotel, nestled between Fort Myers and Naples. Minutes from this comfortable hotel, discover the Fort Myers area waterfront and beaches . Free internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary, 24-hour tea and coffee service in the lobby add to the enjoyment of staying at this Hampton Inn hotel in Estero.

Contact info:
10611 Chevrolet Way
Estero, FL 33928 USA
phone: 239-947-5566
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-fort-myers-estero-fgcu-FMYETHX/index.html

Room amenities: Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games TV - 25 Inch Waterpik® ShowerheadCoffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Microwave Mini Refrigerator Newspaper M-F (USA Today) Purity BasicsTM Bath Amenities

Facility amenities: Fitness Room Heated Pool Business Center Fax Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry ($2.00) Concierge Desk Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Please call the hotel for pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 08 - Orientation/Dinner/Movie
Arrive To: INDEPENDENT ARRIVALS: Complimentary Hotel shuttle from RSW Airport to Hotel

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will be available beginning at 4:00 PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5:00 pm at the hotel meeting room for introductions and an orientation to the program. We will provide an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

Dinner: Drive to a local restaurant after orientation to enjoy our first program dinner.

Evening: Big Cypress Movie , a brilliant educational film about one of America’s national treasures – Big Cypress Swamp – The Western Everglades.’

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: This hotel has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests. Stroll the beaches or explore the nearby islands when you visit Fort Myers, offering family-friendly seaside fun, ecological explorations, and a thriving nightlife. The Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU hotel, FL, located off I-75 at exit 123, is the closest hotel to Germain Arena. Only a few minutes’ drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, our hotel is less than one mile from Miromar Outlet Mall and within 5 miles of Florida Gulf Coast University. Enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle service between the hours of 7:00am to 10:00pm from our Estero hotel, nestled between Fort Myers and Naples. Minutes from this comfortable hotel, discover the Fort Myers area waterfront and beaches . Free internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary, 24-hour tea and coffee service in the lobby add to the enjoyment of staying at this Hampton Inn hotel in Estero.

Contact info:
10611 Chevrolet Way
Estero, FL 33928 USA
phone: 239-947-5566
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-fort-myers-estero-fgcu-FMYETHX/index.html

Room amenities: Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games TV - 25 Inch Waterpik® ShowerheadCoffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Microwave Mini Refrigerator Newspaper M-F (USA Today) Purity BasicsTM Bath Amenities

Facility amenities: Fitness Room Heated Pool Business Center Fax Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry ($2.00) Concierge Desk Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Please call the hotel for pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 09 - Visit to Eagle Lakes Community Park, Freedom Park...
Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at the last minute.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread , toast or bagels with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, and juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Early morning birding as a group around the restored Cypress Swamp in Eagle Lakes Community Park where a series of water management ponds host a variety of marsh birds including more Anhingas, Green Herons, Blue-winged Teal, a gorgeous drake Eurasian Wigeon and more.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at Eagle Lakes Park or other suitable location.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Depart for Freedom Park and Naples Beaches. This is the place right in the heart of Naples for the nature lovers! This park includes a 5-acre lake with approximately 3500 feet of boardwalk constructed throughout the park. Wetlands have been restored by the removal of exotic vegetation and planting of native species.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at local restaurant and review of day's birding and prospects for the following day.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: This hotel has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests. Stroll the beaches or explore the nearby islands when you visit Fort Myers, offering family-friendly seaside fun, ecological explorations, and a thriving nightlife. The Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU hotel, FL, located off I-75 at exit 123, is the closest hotel to Germain Arena. Only a few minutes’ drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, our hotel is less than one mile from Miromar Outlet Mall and within 5 miles of Florida Gulf Coast University. Enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle service between the hours of 7:00am to 10:00pm from our Estero hotel, nestled between Fort Myers and Naples. Minutes from this comfortable hotel, discover the Fort Myers area waterfront and beaches . Free internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary, 24-hour tea and coffee service in the lobby add to the enjoyment of staying at this Hampton Inn hotel in Estero.

Contact info:
10611 Chevrolet Way
Estero, FL 33928 USA
phone: 239-947-5566
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-fort-myers-estero-fgcu-FMYETHX/index.html

Room amenities: Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games TV - 25 Inch Waterpik® ShowerheadCoffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Microwave Mini Refrigerator Newspaper M-F (USA Today) Purity BasicsTM Bath Amenities

Facility amenities: Fitness Room Heated Pool Business Center Fax Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry ($2.00) Concierge Desk Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Please call the hotel for pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 10 - Visit to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary with its i...
Visit to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary with its impressive boardwalk trail.

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at the last minute.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread , toast or bagels with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, and juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Early morning birding at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Passerines, herons and limpkins. Terrain includes old growth cypress swamp, freshwater marsh and pine flatwoods.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at Corkscrew or other suitable location.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Wood Stork Habitat Restoration and other Wildlife Management Issues by Corkscrew Director Jason Lauritsen.

FIELD TRIP: After the lecture head to Ag area to look for Crested Caracara and Limpkins.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at local restaurant and review of day's birding and prospects for the following day.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: This hotel has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests. Stroll the beaches or explore the nearby islands when you visit Fort Myers, offering family-friendly seaside fun, ecological explorations, and a thriving nightlife. The Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU hotel, FL, located off I-75 at exit 123, is the closest hotel to Germain Arena. Only a few minutes’ drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, our hotel is less than one mile from Miromar Outlet Mall and within 5 miles of Florida Gulf Coast University. Enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle service between the hours of 7:00am to 10:00pm from our Estero hotel, nestled between Fort Myers and Naples. Minutes from this comfortable hotel, discover the Fort Myers area waterfront and beaches . Free internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary, 24-hour tea and coffee service in the lobby add to the enjoyment of staying at this Hampton Inn hotel in Estero.

Contact info:
10611 Chevrolet Way
Estero, FL 33928 USA
phone: 239-947-5566
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-fort-myers-estero-fgcu-FMYETHX/index.html

Room amenities: Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games TV - 25 Inch Waterpik® ShowerheadCoffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Microwave Mini Refrigerator Newspaper M-F (USA Today) Purity BasicsTM Bath Amenities

Facility amenities: Fitness Room Heated Pool Business Center Fax Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry ($2.00) Concierge Desk Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Please call the hotel for pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 11 - Birding at Tigertail Beach County Park on Marco I...
Birding at Tigertail Beach County Park on Marco Island / Boardwalk at Fakahatchee Preserve "the Amazon of North America.”

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at the last minute.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread , toast or bagels with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, and juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Birding Tigertail Beach at sunset. A large shallow lagoon there provides important wintering habitat for an array of shorebirds. Like much of the wildlife we will observe on the program, the birds here are exceptionally tame and include five species of plover. Tips on identifying those pesky LBJs and other shorebirds. Terrain sandy beach and coastal mangrove habitat.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Walk Fakahatchee State Preserve looking for bald eagles, anhingas, ospreys, owls and raptors.The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park hosts a wide array of habitats and forest types from the wetter swamps and prairies to the drier islands of tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant and review of birds seen and prospects for following day.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: This hotel has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests. Stroll the beaches or explore the nearby islands when you visit Fort Myers, offering family-friendly seaside fun, ecological explorations, and a thriving nightlife. The Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU hotel, FL, located off I-75 at exit 123, is the closest hotel to Germain Arena. Only a few minutes’ drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, our hotel is less than one mile from Miromar Outlet Mall and within 5 miles of Florida Gulf Coast University. Enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle service between the hours of 7:00am to 10:00pm from our Estero hotel, nestled between Fort Myers and Naples. Minutes from this comfortable hotel, discover the Fort Myers area waterfront and beaches . Free internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary, 24-hour tea and coffee service in the lobby add to the enjoyment of staying at this Hampton Inn hotel in Estero.

Contact info:
10611 Chevrolet Way
Estero, FL 33928 USA
phone: 239-947-5566
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-fort-myers-estero-fgcu-FMYETHX/index.html

Room amenities: Curved Shower Rod Duvet Covers Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair In-Room Movie Channel Night Lights in Bathroom On-Demand Movies On-Demand Video Games TV - 25 Inch Waterpik® ShowerheadCoffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Microwave Mini Refrigerator Newspaper M-F (USA Today) Purity BasicsTM Bath Amenities

Facility amenities: Fitness Room Heated Pool Business Center Fax Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry ($2.00) Concierge Desk Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Please call the hotel for pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 12 - Shore birding at Bunche Beach / Ding Darling Nati...
Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at the last minute.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread , toast or bagels with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, and juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Early morning birding at Bunche Beach, a wonderful place to see hundreds of waders and particularly shorebirds (mostly in winter). All five plovers can be seen here as well as Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, peeps, and if you're lucky, Long-billed Curlew, Common Loon (in winter) and American White Pelican. Reddish Egrets are common. Rarities have included Surf Scoter and Pomerine Jaegar.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at Bowman's Beach Park.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Birding at Ding Darling, one of the first national wildlife refuges established in the USA, located on Sanibel Island, offers the birder an easy opportunity to view pelicans, wading birds including Roseate Spoonbills and shorebirds. There are birding platforms and overlooks (Red Mangrove Overlook) as well, where one may get lucky and see Mangrove Cuckoo (late spring through mid-summer at the area near the Red Mangrove Overlook). It is also one of the best places to view American White Pelicans in winter.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant and review of birds seen and prospects for following day. Also answers to Bird Quiz will be revealed.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 13 - Six Mile Cypress boardwalk/Return shuttle to RSW ...
Six Mile Cypress boardwalk/Return shuttle to RSW Airport and back to the hotel

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at the last minute.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread , toast or bagels with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, and juice . Check Out after breakfast.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Birding along Six Mile Cypress boardwalk, home to a variety of warblers, woodpeckers, herons and possibly waterfowl. There is a mixed topography of open ponds and cypress swamp.

Lunch: Return to Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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