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Kayaking At Amelia Island and Into the Okefenokee Swamp

Program Number: 8510RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fernandina Beach, Florida
Price starting at: $858.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Kayak the tidal creeks, inlets, rivers and salt marshes of beautiful, historic Amelia Island, known as the “Isle of Eight Flags” because it has been claimed by France, Spain, England, Mexico, the Green Cross of Florida, the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Confederacy and the U.S. Enjoy an exciting day of kayaking in the protected Okefenokee Swamp, an atmospheric blackwater swamp of cypress trees, wading birds and, of course, abundant alligators. Along the way, naturalists give presentations flora and fauna, coastal birds and area history.




Highlights

• Explore the coast of Amelia Island and the Okefenokee Swamp during four days of kayaking with local expert leaders.
• Take a field trip to Kingsley Plantation, a grand estate where the owner’s house, kitchen house and remains of 25 slave cabins still stand.
• Paddle on saltwater creeks and marshes and learn what makes the latter the most productive ecosystem on the planet.



Activity Particulars

All-day kayaking excursions of 6-8 miles with lunch breaks.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.




Fernandina Beach

This is the largest town on beautiful Amelia Island, the southernmost of the Sea Islands that trail down the Carolina and Georgia coasts. The Victorian element of Fernandina Beach's 4,000-year history is on view in the 50-block historic district.



Accommodations
Hotel in historic center of Amelia Island overlooking Intracoastal Waterway.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn & Suites
  Fernandina Beach, FL 5 nights
 Hampton Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the historic district of Amelia Island, overlooking the intracoastal waterway. Within walking distance of restaurants and historic sites.Just 25 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. Located in a quaint, historic maritime town. The hotel design reflects historic context. Within walking distance of 25 restaurants. Nature in all its unexpected glory—total tranquility or more fun than you’ve ever imagined!
  Contact info: 19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net
  Room amenities: Beautifully appointed guest rooms. All rooms have a King or Queen beds, hairdryer, alarm clock, HBO and cable TV, voice mail and multi-line speaker phones.
  Facility amenities: Gift shop, laundry facilities, upper deck pool, exercise facility, free high-speed internet access, and deluxe breakfast bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for cost update. Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for cost update. Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4-5 p.m. check-in in hotel Garden Room. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11 a.m. Departure. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A signed liability waiver is required for participation in kayaking activities.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at hotel for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fernandina Beach, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Jacksonville, FL
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airprt
  From End of Program
  Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO Airport Shuttle
phone: 904-353-8880
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 for 1-3 people, $8 for each additional person. Return trip to airport is a $55 flat rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 - 30 miles

   

Call for most recent pricing. www.gojacksonvilleairportshuttle.com/ 5320 Springfield Blvd Jacksonville, FL

 

To Fernandina Beach from Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
ACE Transportation Group Incorporated
phone: 904-225-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $47 total for the van/shuttle up to 6 people.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 - 30 miles

   

ACE Transportation Group Incorporated 850674 Us-17 Yulee, FL 32097

 
Driving Directions
  I-95 Take Exit 373 and follow the signs to Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. Go approximately 10 miles and over the intracoastal waterway bridge onto Amelia Island. Go through six traffic lights and turn left at the very next street (no light) onto Ash Street. Continue for six short blocks until you come to 2nd Street. Turn right on 2nd Street. The Hampton Inn and Suites is at the corner of Ash and 2nd Street.
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars are nice to have for birding but are not required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Lecture-Kayak Orientation and Safety
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Participants may pick up nametag and schedule for the week anytime between 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Orientation begins at 5:30 PM in the hotel conference room.
 Dinner: Catered meal at hotel.
 Evening: Lecture: Kayak Orientation
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Paddle Salt Water Creeks Timucuan Preserve/Picnic lunch/Salt Marsh Ecology
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Located at hotel
 Morning: Paddle through the salt water creeks of the Timucuan Preserve. Learn about the plants and critters that thrive in this challenging salt water environment. Topics discussed include sea island morphology, effect of humans on nature and nature on humans, lives of critters from fiddler crabs to right whales.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on kayaking trip
 Afternoon: Continuation of the kayaking trip.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Presentation on Salt Marsh Ecology.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kayak Amelia Island/Lunch Out/Kayak Continues/Folk History
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Amelia Island kayaking - The spartina salt marsh is the most productive ecosysten on the planet. 80% of the fin and shellfish we eat spend at least part of their lives here. It's also a great place to work on your kayak basics. This is a fun and easy paddling flat water trip.
 Lunch: Lunch along the way on the kayaking trip.
 Afternoon: Continuation of Amelia Island kayaking trip.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Presentation on Folk History.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kayak-Black Water Creek/Free afternoon-Explore Amelia Island/Folk Music
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Explore a black water creek. The dark tannin stained water creates stunning mirror-like reflections of the surrounding trees. Discover the difference between fresh and salt water ecosystems. The highlight of this trip will be paddling up to a 1500 year old bald Cyprus tree.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore historic Amelia Island.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Folk Music
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Okefenokee Swamp Kayak/Evening Social and Farewell
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: All day kayaking in the Okefenokee Swamp-The most popular excursions into the swamp are day trips by canoe, kayak, or motor boat. The swamp terrain is flat, there is no fast water and very little dry land. Your paddle will be used every inch of the way as you wind through cypress forests or cross open "prairies" exposed to the sun and wind. Don't worry, much of it is shaded by the moss draped cypress trees and you'll have no trouble paddling as your naturalist talks about the flora and fauna and history of the Okefenokee Swamp on a slow trip into a swamp you won't forget.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Okenenokee Swamp.
 Afternoon: Continuation of kayaking into the Okefenokee Swamp.
 Dinner: Dinner at Hotel
 Evening: Social and farewell
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture and Wrap-up
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Lecture and wrap-up of weeks activities. Check-out by 11:00 am.
 Lunch: Check-out by 11:00 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach


Author: Ron Kurtz


Description: Eight flag history with contemporary photographs/Adult....Older children can benefit from the photography and the story



Ghosts of Amelia Island and Other Tales


Author: Maggie Carter-de Vries


Description: Adults and Children



Images of Amelia Island


Author: Rob Hicks in association with the Amelia island Museum of History


Description: Light text with historic photographs, many from the Museum's collection/ Adult...Older children can benefit from the photography



The Golden Age of Amelia Island, Revised


Author: Suzanne Davis Hardee and Kathleen Davis Hardee Arsenault


Description: Late 19th Century history/Adult



Yesterday's Reflections II, Nassau County Florida


Author: Jan H. Johannes, Sr


Description: County history with historic photographs/ Adult





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