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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. 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.
Join us in Florida’s ‘backyard playground’ to snorkel with manatees, kayak the emerald green waters of Florida’s mangroves, watch dolphins swim playfully in bays and much more! Delight in a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you swim with manatees at Crystal River, and observe dolphins, manatees and other marine life on a boat excursion in beautiful Estero Bay. Join a local author for a kayak adventure on the calm waters of the Chazzowitzka River looking for exotic species.


• Join naturalists at Homosassa Wildlife Park for an opportunity to see Floridian mammals and birds in their natural surroundings.
• Visit the Manatee Park in Fort Myers, one of Southwest Florida's greatest treasures.
• Explore the Mote Marine Research Center and Aquarium.

Program Notes

At Homosassa Wildlife Park, there is an optional, private narrated walk given by the Group Leader, a Florida Master Naturalist .

Activity Notes

Kayaking 3-4 hrs at a time; Walking 1-2 miles; 1.5 hours of snorkeling and swimming with the Manatees. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Fort Myers, 3 nights; van to Crystal River, 3 nights, van to Fort Myers, departure.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences


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