23875
Florida

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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,349

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles per day over some uneven terrain including sand and grass. 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 ...

  • 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).
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