Nature Friday Field Trips – ECO Family

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. For the whole family!  Fridays 10/10:30am to 3/3:30pm. Dates shown below.

Wet feet, dirty hands, full heart!


When you sign up  for 4 Nature Family Field Trips AT ONE TIME, use the discount code “family”! 

Nature Friday Family Field Trip Particulars

  • These trips require 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.
  • Transportation and entrance fees are NOT included in program cost.
  • No refunds are given, credits will be offered or considered, based on circumstances.
  • Nature Field Trips are participated in at the discretion of the family, it is important you are informed of activity.
  • Severe weather and circumstances may cause trip to be postponed or canceled for a credit or a refund, but typically rain or shine.
  • Your support and dedication are very appreciated in order to continue providing unique and enriching nature experiences.

Nature Friday Family Field Trip Locations and Dates – Winter/Spring 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 – 10:30am-3:30pm – Everglades City, Chokoloskee Island and the Western Everglades

Stone Crabs and 10,000 Islands…Life from the Freshwater to the Saltwater.  Travel west and south to a place at the edge of Florida, a hidden place full of lore and beauty, a place set back in time in so many ways.  Learn about alligator holes and ghost orchids,  stone crabs and blue crabs, mosquitoes and smugglers, and survival in a harsh, but beautiful land.  All day trip almost across the state  to Chokoloskee Island and Everglades City…a sense of wonder, stamina for an all day road trip and a sense of adventure is required!

Friday, March 23, 2018 – 10am-3pm – Jonathan Dickinson State Park – Jupiter

Sugar Sand, Scrublands and Pine Forests…Life in the Upland Forests and Scrub.  Day trip to the scrub and Pineland forests of  Jonathan Dickinson State Park…take a hike over the hills and through the woods as we explore the undeveloped beauty of this area.  Just an hour away is acres of forest, home to bobcats, panthers, deer, wild pigs and more. Discover the wonders of the endangered scrub lands and pine forests. All day trip to Jupiter area – Jonathan Dickinson State Park – a sense of wonder and adventure is encouraged for this fabulous trip…get ready to Take a Hike!

Friday, April 6, 201810am-3pm – Riverbend Park – Jupiter

Meandering Rivers, Sparkling Waters and Water Bugs…Life in the Freshwater Rivers, Swamps, and Marshes!

Head north and west to the Northern Everglades Ecosystem…to the pristine Riverbend Park and Loxahatchee River.  Take a step back in time and enjoy walking  through beautiful and historic Riverbend Park. From the ancient Indian middens, through the Seminole War Battles, to present day restoration, see Florida as the first settlers did. Nearly 10 miles of hiking/biking trails, 7 miles of equestrian trails and 5 miles of canoeing/kayaking trails allow for hours of enjoyment. Stroll along the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, visit the Cracker Farmstead, and picnic in the shade under a Seminole chickee. All day trip to Riverbend Park in Jupiter area…a sense of adventure  walking feet required!

Friday, April 20, 2018 – 10am-3pm – Dagny Johnson Botanical Park and John Pennekamp State Park –Key Largo

Endangered Crocodiles, Butterflies, Wood Rats , Rock Pigeons and Coral Reefs…Life in the Maritime Hardwood Hammock and Coral Reef Beds of the Upper Keys. A day trip to the Dagny Johnson and John Pennekamp State Park in 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 among the fishes.  All day trip to Card Sound, Key Largo and Dagny Johnson Botanical Park and John Pennekamp State Park – a sense of wonder and adventure is encouraged for this fabulous trip…get ready to explore the islands.

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 10am-3pm – Palm Beach and Blue Heron Boulevard Bridge

Sunken Treasure, Islands of Sand, and Underwater Ecosystems…Life on the reefs and islands of Palm Beach.  A day trip to Blue Heron Bridge Artificial Reef and Peanut Island. Experience life under the surface of the blue. Learn to identify marine life as you swim and search.  Travel across the water to the hidden treasures found on and around Peanut Island. Participants in the snorkeling portion of this trip must be strong swimmers. All day trip north to Palm Beach and Blue Heron Boulevard – a spirit of discovery and a willingness to swim and search is mandatory.  Come below the blue!

Friday, June 8, 2018 – 10am-3pm – Blowing Rocks Preserve and Dubois Lagoon –  Jupiter

Blowing Rocks and Shallow Lagoons…Life on the Barrier Island.  An end of the year 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!   All day trip to Jupiter – exploring, playing and getting wet are required.