Discover the Wild Side of Florida With Your Grandchild
Explore the wilds of Sarasota with your grandchild as you take part in an archeological dig, spot alligators from aboard an airboat, trawl the waters with a marine biologist and more!
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Program No. 17355RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Get in touch with nature as you forge new bonds with your grandchild amid the wilds of Sarasota and offshore islands. With a collection of naturalists, adventure guides and conservationists, comb the beaches for seashells and sea turtle nest sites, explore the rich archaeology and paleontology, and the various unique habitats and rare species of the only tropical zone in the continental United States.
Activity Level
Walking up to a mile over pavement, beaches, and varied terrain daily.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover wild Florida as you search for alligators aboard an airboat and raptors on a rainforest canopy walk.
  • Uncover historic artifacts and fossils in shallow water with an adventure guide naturalist.
  • Join marine biologist on a sea life encounter cruise collecting marine life with a trawl net, then observe sharks and stingrays at Mote Marine Aquarium.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out program #22757!
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Kat Giguere
Kat Giguere is a naturalist with Around the Bend Nature Education. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Kat has been with Around the Bend since 2013 and helps provide environmental education field trips for students of all ages in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Prior to that, she worked with the Florida Park Service providing interpretive programs, sea turtle monitoring, and assisting on prescribed fires.
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Margaret (Peg) E Matthys
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John Colagrande
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