The Wild & Beautiful Animals of Florida’s Nature Coast

From your home base at the tranquil Chinsegut Hill Retreat, head out by boat and foot along Florida’s Nature Coast to spot and learn about manatees, turtles and other local wildlife.
Program No. 23598RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Florida’s Nature Coast is home to a wealth of wildlife, from playful river otters to massive manatees and graceful sandhill cranes. Join local naturalists, wildlife experts and rangers as you learn about and try to spot these animals at nearby wildlife parks and conservation centers, and get tips from a professional photographer on how to capture them on camera. Plus, take advantage of the peaceful setting of Chinsegut Hill Retreat and learn how the historic manor on site transformed from a plantation to a registered wildlife area.

For an easy travel experience...

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Lodging in Chinsegut Hill Retreat

Call to enroll and get an extra two nights of accommodations for free after your program to further experience the wild beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles daily, sometimes on uneven terrain. Boarding pontoon boat.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet manatee and alligator experts to learn about these fascinating animals, their habitats, diet and threats to survival.
  • Look for local wildlife as you glide along Homosassa Spring and then view manatees at Ellie Schiller State Park.
  • Venture into Chinsegut Conservation Center and learn how local experts are protecting local Florida wildlife.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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