Kayaking up to 5 miles in 3 hours; transfers via hotel van; snacks will be provided during morning paddle.
At the inn, we will have a selection of hot and cold items including fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, water.
Boarding a van, we will ride to our launching point for our first kayaking field trip from Seagrape Drive to Halfway Creek. We will get acquainted with our kayaks and our naturalist, and set out into the mangrove estuary of Big Cypress National Preserve. As we paddle among the mangroves, learn about some of the unique adaptations of flora and fauna of the Everglades. Snacks provided.
Boxed lunch, plus bottled water.
Return to the Ivey House with some time to freshen up. After having an opportunity to shower and change, we will hear from a local author on the history of the Everglades and the conservation of this unique environment. Learn the story behind the founding of this National Park, the struggle to maintain and protect the Everglades, and future developments in the Everglades’ restoration.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Take the evening to become better acquainted with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for tomorrow's activities.