Secrets of Southeast Florida: From the Ocean to the Okeechobee

Study the relationship between man, wildlife and water as you explore the marshes and waterways of Southeast Florida by boat and boardwalk. Learn about ecology, conservation and more.
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Program No. 23213RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Atlantic Ocean. Okeechobee Lake. The Loxahatchee River. Jupiter Intracoastal Waterway. These bodies of water have played a vital role in the culture, ecology and economy of Southeast Florida since the days if its original inhabitants: the Seminole people. Explore the ecosystems of these important waterways by boat, on marsh walks and at animal sanctuaries as you learn about local wildlife and conservation efforts. Find out how water management engineering and cattle ranching have changed the landscape, for better or for worse, and how the locals in Southeast Florida are shifting their focus on more natural waterways in response to challenges related to urban development.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles per day over some uneven terrain. Must be able to get on/off motor boat.
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 ...

  • Walk along boardwalk trails through a sawgrass marsh and a cypress swamp to watch for wildlife and learn about waterflows in the Northern Everglades.
  • Enjoy an eco-cruise on one of Florida’s federally and state designated “Wild Scenic Rivers” and a sunset study cruise to watch for and learn about local wildlife.
  • Take a field trip to Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park to learn about the historic battles that took place here during the Second Seminole War.

General Notes

For a similar program with an environmental focus, please see, "Our Changing Planet: The Diverse Waterways of Southeast Florida” (#23875), part of the Our Changing Planet series.
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