Our Changing Planet: The Diverse Waterways of Southeast Florida

Study the effects of climate change on Florida’s Everglades and coastal ecosystems with experts, as you play an important role in protecting these fragile ecosystems for years to come.
Program No. 23875RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Did you know that the Everglades provide drinking water to 7 million Floridians? Or that this region alone is a safe haven for 16 different endangered or threatened animals? Join world-renowned marine biologists out in the field to learn how the Everglades and Florida’s coastal ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the effects of global climate change. As you study water quality with Army Corps engineers, explore aquatic habitats and more, you’ll be on the front lines of the conservation effort as you create a lasting impact on the local communities and wildlife that call these landscapes home.
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 ...

  • Learn from Army Corps engineers who maintain the water quality of Lake Okeechobee about how climate change is affecting the environment.
  • Study the cypress swamps, cabbage palm hammocks and sawgrass marshes that make up the Grassy Water Preserve, and learn how to help protect this ecosystem.
  • Delve into the MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center mission of ecological, economic and cultural sustainability as you ride an eco-buggy through a local cattle ranch.

General Notes

This program is part of “Our Changing Planet” series, exploring the solutions to the challenges of global climate change in communities around the United States. Learn more at www.roadscholar.org/planet. For a similar program with more of a general destination focus, please see, "Secrets of Southeast Florida: From the Ocean to the Okeechobee" (#23213).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida
by Charles LeBuff
This book is the result of an intimate, long term, and ongoing investigation into the biology, life history, and conservation of the five species of sea turtles that occur in Southwest Florida. Although Caretta Research, Inc., a project founded and headed by the author, ended in 1991 the work continues on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida, under the auspices of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Sea turtle biology, their ancestry, taxonomy, physiology, diet, reproductive behavior, embryological development, and survival problems are among the subjects discussed. Other chapters deal with the sea turtle's interaction with man, protection of these Endangered and Threatened Species in Florida, and the important work of the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.
A Light In The Wilderness: The Story of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the Southeast Florida Frontier
by James D. Snyder
Although nearly 7 million people live along the southeast Florida coast, scarcely three generations ago it was a wild, lawless frontier ruled by bears, snakes and alligators. But when a lighthouse was built at Jupiter Inlet in 1860, it became the hub for hunters, surveyors, Civil War blockade runners, Union gunboats and pioneer farmers. A Light in the Wilderness, with over seventy rare photos, maps and letters, tells how southeast Florida survived the catharsis of the Civil War, how the lighthouse at Jupiter drew the first families into its orbit, and how it became a key link in the steamboat-railroad path that led people to the “Garden of Eden.”

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