Nature Family Field Trips

Explore South Florida – Monthly on Fridays, 10am-3pm

Take a Stay-cation with your family…get to know the Real and Natural Florida! Nature Friday Family Field Trips! Day-long adventures in the outdoor classroom – at least once a month – where we seek out the wilds of South Florida – swamp walks, coastal explorations, forest hikes and more!  Everglades, Big Cypress, Jupiter, Fl. Keys and beyond.

Get outside with your family and take a trip a bit further away for the entire day and learn about natural and wild Florida.  Learn the natural and cultural history of our beautiful state and get to know where you live.

Wet feet, dirty hands, full heart!
For the whole family!  Fridays 10am to 3pm.  Registration will be ready soon.  Stay Tuned! Save the Dates!
Before registering, please read, understand and agree to the Particulars/Terms & Conditions below the descriptions.

January 18th OR 25th, 10am – 3pm

Wetland Field Adventure…Cypress Trees and Cypress Knees… Swamp Tromp!  A day trip to Big Cypress …step into the heart of the everglades…immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the ancient cypress swamps by stepping into the waters. Discover the wonders of these ancient trees and witness the pristine beauty of this unique environment. The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast. The ecosystem contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.  All day trip to Ochopeee area (Highway 41/Tamiami Trail – west). This adventure is somewhat challenging and will require walking in shallow to deep mud, on rocky terrain and with ankle to thigh deep water.  Adventurers of all ages have hiked this swamp walk, but it is best suited for those ready, willing and capable and it is required that you understand the nature of the adventure and are participating at your families’ jurisdiction.  Protective shoes that can get wet and muddy are needed. 

A sense of wonder and adventure is needed for this fabulous trip into the swamp…this is an immersive trip and is dictated by Mother Nature’s water levels…water in the dome could be ankle to thigh high, and the prairie will most likely be wet and muddy!

February 15th OR 22nd, 10am – 3pm

Wetland Field Adventure…Strands, Swamps and Prairies…Urban Wilderness Wet & Muddy Walk!  Discover the wet prairies and tropical hammocks of this pristine urban wilderness. Walk the watery trails – through the cypress domes and wetlands  – where the water supply of West Palm Beach is replenished. Apoxee means “beyond tomorrow” in the Miccosukee language, a tribute to achieving both urban and environmental water sustainability! Learn about the water cycle and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – swampin it.  This is a gorgeous walk and allows for exploration of a variety of Florida ecosystems. This adventure is suitable for most, but requires stamina and desire to walk over bumpy, muddy and possibly wet terrain…the hike may be wet and will involve 2 or more miles of hiking.  Protective shoes that can get wet and muddy are needed. 

 sense of wonder and adventure is encouraged for this amazing trip into the freshwater wetlands…the walk MAY be muddy with ankle to knee deep waters on the trail! Or, it may be DRY…depends on the rhythms of nature.  

March 15th OR 22nd, 10am – 3pm

Coastal Field Adventure…Ancient Mountains to Sandy Dunes…Ridge to Shore!  A day trip to Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge and Beach Exploration, Hobe Sound/Jupiter.  Discover the unique and endangered land of this wildlife refuge. The refuge acts as a sanctuary for nearly 40 species listed as either threatened, endangered, or of special concern.The biodiversity contained in this oasis of nature is supported by a large remnant of sand pine scrub, nearly 10 miles of mangrove communities along the Indian River Lagoon, and 3.5 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach. We will hike the sandy hills, explore the mangrove shoreline and dip our toes in the waters of the Atlantic. This exploration is suitable for all ages, but will include hiking up and down on a sandy trail for a relatively short distance.  

Adventure and stamina are needed for this trip to the high altitudes of Florida’s mountains!  The walk will require traipsing in the sand, wet toes, and shoreline wading.

April 19th OR 26th, 10am – 3pm

Coastal Field Adventure…Crocodiles to Coral Reefs…Life along the shore of the Upper Keys. A day trip to the Dagny Johnson Botanical Preserve and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – Key Largo…take a journey south, over the bay and discover the rocky history of the upper keys.  Romp through the forest, climb the mangroves, and swim amongst the fishes. The park contains a wide variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks offer visitors a unique and interesting experience, it is the coral formations and associated marine life that most park visitors come to enjoy. The coral reef at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are among the most beautiful and diverse of all living communities. This trip is suitable for all ages, swimming is at the discretion of each family and adults are responsible for lifeguarding their own children.  Swimming clothes and protective water shoes are needed.

Endurance and curiosity are needed for this trip. You will go from hiking the trail to the clear waters to explore with nets and masks for fish and crabs in the seagrass, mangroves and algae laden rocks.  

May 17th OR 24th, 10am – 3pm

Coastal Field Adventure…Blowing Rocks and Shallow Lagoons…Life on the Barrier Island.  A day trip to Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve and Dubois Lagoon in Jupiter…discover the unique and rare beauty of the jutting Anastasia limestone rock formations on the  beach, explore the shallows of the lagoons and search for critters…crabs, jellies, fishes, birds and MORE! The ecosystems found here are disappearing fast from many Florida islands, and a number of endangered plants and animals call this special place home—including rare loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles. This trip is suitable for all ages, swimming is at the discretion of each family and adults are responsible for lifeguarding their own children.  Swimming clothes and protective water shoes are needed.

A sense of fun and play are needed for this all day trip to Jupiter.  Travel along the sandy trails of the hammock, to the rocky shores of the beach, to the shallow waters of the lagoon…get ready to hike, climb, swim, and net.  

Before registering, please read, understand and agree to the Particulars/Terms & Conditions below.

Nature Family Field Trip Particulars/Terms & Conditions

  • Nature Field Trips are participated in at the discretion of the family, it is important you are informed of activity and are aware of environment and decide to attend at your own jurisdiction and do not hold Nature Seekers or The Nature Teacher liable for anything that occurs during the Field Trip.  Waivers must be completed for each trip separately.  While participating in activities, adults are responsible for and in charge of their own children.
  • These trips require minimum of a two-week advance registration and payment.
  • “Family” cost includes program and materials and is based on a family with one child or more.  When there is more than one child, children under age four are free of charge. If the only child is under four, they are part of the program fee.
  • Entrance fees and parking fees are NOT included in program cost. Transportation is not included.
  • There will be no changes or refunds within two weeks of paid-for trip.  Credits will be considered only for particular circumstances.  There are no refunds for not attending.
  • Rain or shine in most cases.  Severe weather and circumstances may cause trip to be postponed or canceled for a credit or a refund.
  • Your support and dedication are very appreciated in order to continue providing unique and enriching nature experiences.

 

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