Walk just steps from your hotel room to the beach to search for shells to create a keepsake craft.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Walking on this field trip will be approximately 1-1.5 miles. There will be time to rest between each outdoor exhibit. Historic Spanish Point has a rich archaeological history 5000 years in the making and this interactive experience provides students with an appreciation of the prehistoric people of Florida.
The adventure includes a stop at the burial mound, the high summit of one of the shell middens, and the most unique exhibition in the country, A Window To The Past. This one-of-a-kind experience puts the participant inside a prehistoric shell mound. Discover evidence of the early settlement of Calusa Indians and Mrs. Potter Palmer's innovative cattle ranching methods. Artifacts and a multi-media presentation enhance the participants' knowledge. Support materials include: Archaeology and the Prehistoric People of Southwest Florida, a publication produced by Historic Spanish Point.
You will never forget the highlight of the day, a real archaeological dig site where you can get your hands-on and in the past.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at Spanish Pt.Afternoon: HANDS-ON-EXPERIENCES: Cool off in the surf of Siesta Key Beach, as you make a sand sculpture of your favorite wild animal or endangered species.Dinner: Fiesta dinner at hotel.Evening: Watch sunset on Lido Beach right outside your hotel room or stand on the beach for a better view. Overview of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium visit for tomorrow.
PERFORMANCE: Special guest tba
HANDS-ON-ACTIVITY: Write post card to mom and dad or friend.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PRESENTATION: At Mote Laboratory on sea turtle nesting and conservation. Learn how volunteers walk on area beaches every morning searching for freshly laid turtle eggs. Volunteers put stakes up to alert beach enthusiasts to avoid that area. Sea turtles are endangered species and protected by law. Learn why beach lighting needs to be on low during the nesting season.
FIELD TRIP: Explore Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Learn more about all types of marine life, a hands-on sting ray display, sea urchins, rescued sea turtles and their hatchlings (baby turtles), manatees and other marine life common to south west Florida. The research facility uses sharks in their quest for a cure for cancer. Participants can view sharks up close and other marine life.Lunch: Lunch at aquarium's Deep Sea Diner.Afternoon: Continue to explore Mote's exhibits, shark movie and computer game on the big screen. (movie and computer game themes may change due to Mote's changing of exhibits)
HANDS-ON-EXPERIENCES: Search with shelling expert for shell identification and exploration.Dinner: Italian themed dinner at hotel.Evening: HANDS-ON-EXPERIENCES: Game night, including the popular Caribbean game of Limbo! Go to bed early to rest up for early am sea turtle walk with Mote Marine volunteers as you search for freshly laid turtle eggs.
Please note Sea Turtles are an endangered species and are protected.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast will be after sea turtle walk. Bring your camera!
FIELD TRIP: Wade through shallow water cooling off as you search for vertebrate fossils including bones, teeth, natural casts, molds, impressions and remains of prehistoric animals, fossil sharks teeth, fossil plants, invertebrates and shells.
An adventure guide naturalist will help identify your finds.
Wear swimsuit and flip flops for a more comfortable experience.Lunch: Lunch will be at a buffet restaurant. Have fun making your own sundae!Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Discover unique facts about the Florida alligator, wild pigs and birds found in Myakka State Park.
Learn why you should NEVER feed an alligator. Discuss the plants you will see on the guided canopy walk tomorrow. Presented by a Florida naturalist guide.Dinner: Dinner on your own at St. Armands Circle. Walk or hotel shuttle will take you to St. Armands Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants, get out of the box and into the Circle, you'll find it all on St. Armands Circle.Evening: EXCURSION: Stay and enjoy historic St. Armands Circle's rich history architecture and unique statues placed by John Ringling. See the circus walk of fame, dedicated to famous circus performers.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FREE TIME: Board bus for hotel.Dinner: Farewell dinner at hotel.Evening: HANDS-ON-EXPERIENCES: A talking stick will be passed around for grandchildren and grandparents to talk about their favorite animal seen during the week and why it is their favorite. Opportunity for you to share a talent with everyone. Play the ever popular Caribbean game Limbo.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pick-up souvenir photos taken during the week by program staff. Wrap up and goodbyes!Lunch: A box lunch is offered on the sixth day to allow participants who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Participants who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the meeting room or on the patio by the pool. Program ends at 10:30am followed by lunch.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch