Fort Myers to Key West: Natural Wonders of Southern Florida
Get to know Florida from Fort Myers to Key West as you learn about Native Peoples, explore the Everglades, see hidden sites and sail off into the sunset on a catamaran adventure.
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Program No. 21670RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Venture deep into the “real Florida” at the state’s tropical southern tip. Learn about its early history from the enigma of the Calusa Indians and the resistance of the Seminoles to colorful pioneers and the effects of human habitation on the fragile Everglades. From your lodgings in Ft. Myers, explore the back roads of southwest Florida where Seminole culture is flourishing and visit a shell mound site of the enigmatic Calusa people. Then embark on a catamaran bound for Key West to complete your discovery of the “real Florida.”
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walk up to two miles over pavement, boardwalks, mulched paths, cobblestones. Some standing and stairs. 3.5-hour catamaran ride, potentially rough seas.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Exclusive field trip to Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa.
  • Step onto an express catamaran to Key West to explore the famed playground of presidents, pirates and poets, including an expert-led visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
  • Visit Marco Island to learn from experts about folk music, hear fishermen’s tales, get to know local wildlife and much more.

General Notes

This program starts in Ft. Myers and finishes in Key West. Participants will depart from Key West or make their own arrangements back to Fort Myers. Program requires legal name at the time of enrollment and government issued ID for the ferry to Key West.
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Howell Geib
Originally from New England, Howell Geib is trained as an Architect from Tulane University and works to pursue his passion for the intersection of the natural world and the built environment. He continued his education in Sustainable Development and International Relations, pursuing development programs in Africa, the Caribbean and Western Europe. Throughout his career, he has lived in France, Hawaii and Haiti. When not introducing Road Scholars to the natural world, Howell lives on a Biodynamic farm in Upstate New York.

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

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