| Breakfast: ||Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.|
| Morning: ||FIELD TRIP Founded by Dr. Eugenie Clark in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research on sharks, red tide and other environmental toxins, marine mammals, sea turtles, coral reefs, fisheries, coastal ecology and aquaculture (sustainable fish farming). Mote has about 1,400 volunteers who contribute more than 200,000 volunteer hours to the organization. Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation and research, education, safety, staffing and more.
During our visit you will have time, in a self guided tour, to explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. You will see sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.|
| Lunch: ||Lunch at Deep Sea Diner at the Aquarium|
| Afternoon: ||FIELD TRIP: Our afternoon is devoted to visiting Save our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center, a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization located on the former site of The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds, and to educate the public about nature and environmental sustainability. Birds that have been rescued but are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in their Wild Bird Learning Center. Our tour guide will enlighten us about their work.
| Dinner: ||Dinner at the hotel|
| Evening: ||LECTURE Located strategically in the mouth of Tampa Bay, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. Captain Richard Johnson shares the history and nature of the island in his informative and entertaining lecture..|