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 a pontoon boat, 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

Stroll along the Sarasota beach on a sunny day with your grandchild, combing the sand for seashells and sea turtle nests. Simple days like this can leave some of the warmest childhood memories that your grandchild—and you—will look back on for years to come. Combine these magical moments with expert narration from naturalists and conservationists, and exciting adventures on an alligator safari and a canopy walk, and you’ll have an incredible experience in the wilds of Sarasota and offshore islands — the only tropical zone in the continental United States!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
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 a pontoon boat and raptors on a rainforest canopy walk.
  • Uncover historic artifacts and fossils in shallow water with an expert naturalist.
  • Join a marine biologist on a sea life encounter study 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.
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John Colagrande
The co-author of “In the Presence of Dinosaurs,” John Colagrande graduated from Montclair State College with a B.A. in science education and an M.A. in geosciences. He has shared his knowledge of oceanography, fossils, rocks and minerals during his career as a high school science educator in New Jersey, and has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching. He a member of the Sarasota Shell Club, Manasota Fossil Club and the Gulf Coast Mineral, Fossil & Gem Club of Venice.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Colagrande
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