Discover the Wild Side of Florida With Your Grandchild

Explore the wilds of Sarasota with your grandchild as you take part in an archaeological 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
Starts at
1,599 / ADULT
999 / CHILD

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.
Featured Expert
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Jeanne Panka
Jeanne was a Biology and Environmental Science teacher in New York State for 31 years, she has always been interested in nature. After retiring and moving to Florida, she began volunteering for Mote Marine Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program. For the past 12 years, she has been one of the hundreds of volunteers who walk the beaches looking for turtle nests and hatchings from May until October. Jeanne also volunteers with Mote's education department, working with school groups, home-schooled children, and summer camps.

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

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Margaret (Peg) E Matthys
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Jeanne Panka
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Chuck Ferrara
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Florida's Fossils
by Brown, Robin
by P. J. Benshoff
Explore Myakka River State Park as each page takes you into the shady hammocks of twisted oaks and aerial gardens, down the wild and scenic river. When you visit the park, the adventures described here are sure to awaken your primate instincts to explore the unknown. The possibilities for new and exciting experiences are unending. If you return to the same places at different times of the year, you'll find enough adventures to last a lifetime.
Fossiling in Florida: A Guide for Diggers and Divers
by Renz, Mark
Collectible Florida Shells
by R Tucker Abbott Abbott, Ph.D.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida
by National Audubon Society

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