Fins and Feathers: Exploring the Florida Environment From Sea to Sky
Encounter Florida’s land and sea creatures in a subtropical paradise. From beach to aquarium, from mangroves to classroom, join experts with a passion for Florida’s unique environments.
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Program No. 14441RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Tampa Bay’s warm breezes, sunny days, sandy beaches and bountiful waters provide the perfect habitat for a profusion of flora and fauna. Meet the creatures that inhabit this diverse ecosystem as you explore the mangroves and pine flatwoods where wading birds seek refuge, watch for dolphins from the deck of an eco-boat and observe manatees both in the wild and at a rehabilitation facility. Visit a beach ranked among the best in the country and feast your eyes on beach birds soaring among the sea oats and pine trees and over the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. Get up close to some of Florida’s most interesting and beautiful creatures on visits to a bird sanctuary and an aquarium, and talk with scientists and other experts about conservation, marine life and avian ecology.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking on uneven terrain, standing for extended periods, some stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit with experts at leading marine science foundations like the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and Save our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center.
  • At the South Florida Museum, explore Parker Manatee Aquarium and meet Snooty, the oldest known living manatee.
  • Experience the diverse flora and fauna of Eckerd College’s own campus with an expert on the natural environment of South Florida.
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Kevin Van Dien
A New Jersey native, Kevin moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology, he began working at The Science Center of Pinellas County as a part-time instructor. Kevin soon became the marine curator, a position that allowed him to design and implement the Science Center's educational program. Today, he is the administrative coordinator for the Education Department at Tampa's Florida Aquarium.
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