Natural Wonders of Florida’s Great National and State Parks
Explore the wonders of South Florida as you discuss its treasured state parks, delicate coral reefs, wildlife recovery efforts and history of early pioneers with local experts.
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Program No. 20447RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

The subtropical wonders of South Florida amazed early visitors and naturalists, and today this patchwork of interconnected ecosystems remains one of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. Explore the Fakahatchee Strand — the “Amazon of North America” — and participate in a marsh walk in the Big Cypress. Enjoy a lecture about the restoration and wildlife recovery efforts that provide hope for the future.
Activity Level
Walking on well-kept trails and in a marsh; some stairs.
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 ...

  • Discover the story of the early pioneers of Southwest Florida’s “Last Frontier” at the Museum of the Everglades.
  • Explore the Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail.
  • Delve into Seminole culture and history at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.
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Marya Repko
Author Marya Repko grew up in Hadlyme, Conn., but lived most of her adult life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, Fla., where her first book, “A Brief History of the Everglades City Area” has sold thousands of copies. She is also the author of other brief histories on the Fakahatchee and Sanibel Island. Marya is the president of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and co-editor of a bi-weekly local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.
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