Secrets of Southwest Florida: From the Gulf to the Glades

Discover Naples and the Everglades as you explore world-class museums, historical landmarks, unique ecosystems and conservation efforts alongside new friends and scholarly experts.
Rating (4.86)
Program No. 20896RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

On southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast, Naples enchants visitors with a charming historic center, world-class dining and museums and a beautiful setting on the Gulf of Mexico. The nearby Everglades is a sacred reserve with a magical quality that has inspired artists and writers and mobilized politicians and conservationists in its defense. Become engrossed in the history and atmosphere of both places and study the interplay through the centuries between a booming city and a fragile ecosystem.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking one to two miles per day on some uneven terrain. Some standing and stair climbing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, learn about urgent ecological issues facing the region and how conservationist organizations work to resolve them.
  • Discover Shark Valley, the "heart of the Everglades," with an expert naturalist and observe one of North America's unique ecosystems.
  • Explore the Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Ed Carlson
Ed is the former director of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, part of the National Audubon Society. He started at Corkscrew at the age of 18, when he and some friends accidentally stumbled upon the sanctuary while exploring the Everglades on their own. He has seen a great deal of change to the sanctuary in his time there, and today he still serves on their board of directors, as "director emeritus."

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

Profile Image
Ed Carlson
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 3 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback