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Florida Eco Adventures Trip

July 10-16th 2017

In this very special Eco travel experience, participants will discover the wild world of Florida ecology with experts through manatee, sea turtle, and alligator adventures!
 
Manatee — Florida EcoAdventures Trip in Millersville, MD
 

Swim with Manatees- Tampa/Homosassa Springs

Start your experience in the Gulf coast. Discover amazing birds/wild life while kayaking through canals and mangroves on the first day. Prepare yourself to venture out with the gentle giants and take a boat ride to swim with manatees. Make a one day stop at Busch Gardens in Tampa. See wild animals then act like them!
 

Gator's Galore!!- Lakeland/Orlando

 
Then head on over to Central Florida and wade into the world of crocodilians, literally! Under the direction of renowned experts, students will get unprecedented hands-on experience with wild American alligators in freshwater marsh habitat. Bring some old clothes because in this course you will get down and dirty with one of North Americas' largest predators!! Whether it is Slogging through a sawgrass marsh, speeding along on an airboat, or muscling through the marsh on a giant swamp buggy, students will get to experience all these sensations in pursuit of our scaly quarry! Everything from capture techniques, safely subduing large animals, locating animals, setting traps, snaring, eyeshining, and it is nesting season! Students will accompany experts in a quest to remove eggs from nests to put in incubators. All aspects of gator capture, transport, and data collection, will be covered, in a safe and supervised experience, carried out by no other than National Geographic's and Eco Adventures' owner Dr. Brady Barr.
 
Alligator — Florida EcoAdventures Trip in Millersville, MD
 

Sea turtles /St. Augustine

 
Sea Turtle — Florida EcoAdventures Trip in Millersville, MD
 
Head East toward the oldest city in the USA- St Augustine! Make a stop at Blue Springs State Park to see resident manatees, gators, gopher tortoises and more! Then spend the afternoon at St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park for an insider's view with a behind the scenes tour on animal husbandry and training. Then hit the town… “Olde Town” that is, for a nice dinner out. Walk through the historic cobble stone streets and buildings. See the sights and shops. Wake up and switch hats as you visit University of Florida's Whitney's Lab Sea Turtle Hospital and learn about animal rescues. Relax on the beach for a while until we go on a moonlight tour with a guide to look for sea turtles nesting… or hatching!
 

Important information

We Provide:
 
  • STUDENT GROUPS: Supervision at all times with 2 of our expert Eco Adventure's naturalists/biologists in addition to local researchers, vets, wildlife experts/biologists, and naturalists, etc.
  • Transportation in a 12-15 passenger van, boat tours, kayaks.
  • All Lodging with all meals included except at airport- please bring extra money for snacks/drinks.
 
  • Parent/child meeting to discuss details prior to signing up
  • Half day training and informational session for participants that includes: Introduction to marine biology, life history of manatee sea turtles/their biology, expectations, trip information etc.
  • Unforgettable and perhaps- life changing experiences!
 
All Participants Must:
 
  • Be mature, independent individuals 13 years or older (or approved by EA).
  • Be prepared to live in close contact with others, some dorm-style, others hotel rooms.
  • Have some experience staying away from home for extended periods of time.
  • Be able to tolerate hikes, outdoor environments/weather, tolerate insects, etc.
  • Be able to adjust to a early mornings/late nights busy travel schedule and LONG day of physical activities.
 
  • Be able to follow directions carefully and quickly.
  • Have a passion for animals, courage to try to swim/touch/investigate animals in wild habitats.
  • Must know how to swim and be in good physical condition.
  • Must be able to hike and slog through remote areas/no bathrooms, etc.
  • Must come to the parent/child informational session and sign a participation waiver form/ have insurance/purchase additional travel insurance.
  • Must sign a participation, medical form and waiver.
 
Price: $1500 per person without airfare
*Does not include airfare to Tampa and return flight from Jacksonville or mandatory additional travel insurance about $40-70
Led by marine biologist and Eco Adventures' owner Mei Len Sanchez-Barr and second instructor depending on how many participants. Each location, we will connect with experts: Alligators: Dr Brady Barr, Lee Lightsey, Sea Turtles/Gators: Jennifer Brueggen and John Brueggen (St. Augustine Alligator Farm Director) This experience is like no other. Talk about the dream team!
Lakeland: Lightsey's Private cabins
St. Augustine: Holiday Inn/Quality Inn like hotel TBA
Are you ready to experience the extraordinary?? SPACE IS LIMITED
Parent/participant Meeting Jan 28th 12:30–1:00pm at Eco Adventures
$500 deposit to hold your spot due in Feb 1st 410-987-1300 EcoadventuresMD@gmail.com

Itinerary

Location: Lodging Activities Meals Included
 
7/10 Day 1: Travel day: Arrive Tampa airport. Homosassa Springs
 
Kayaking
 
L, D
 
 
7/11 Day 2: Homosassa Springs
 
same
 
Manatee Boat ride
 
B,L,D
 
 
7/12 Day 3: Travel day:Tampa Busch Gardens
 
Lightsey's private cabins in Lakeland
 
Night eye shining tour
 
B,L,D
 
 
7/13 Day 4:Lightsey's Gator Facility
 
same
 
Airboat/slogging/workshop/swamp buggy/night egg collecting
 
B,L,D family style
 
 
7/14 Day 5: Travel: Blue Springs State Park
 
Hotel TBA -St. Augustine
 
Hikes, manatee sightings, PM: St. Augustine Gator Farm tour/ sea turtle moonlight night walk
 
B, L, D
 
 
7/15 Day 6: Whitney's Lab Sea Turtle Hospital
 
same
 
Whitney's Lab Sea Turtle Hospital, beach/old town for dinner
 
B,L,D
 
 
7/16 Day 7: St. Augustine travel day to JAX airport
 
depart
 
AM:Beach/shopping PM: depart to MD
 
B, L
 
 
 

Outward Bound 5-Day Potomac River Adventure

Baltimore Chesapeake — Outward Bound in Millersville, MD

August 21st-25th

Eco Adventures is excited to partner with the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School to bring your middle-school & high-school aged student on the trip of a lifetime where they will learn that they are capable of more than they ever thought possible!
 
 
Start your expedition at our Leakin Park Campus in Baltimore, where you'll meet your crew for the next week. You'll get all of your gear prepared and then head to the start part of the expedition with your canoes and gear. For the next four nights, your crew will traverse the winding Potomac River along the Maryland / West Virginia border. During the river portion, students learn the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as map and compass reading, water navigation and expedition planning. Paddling partners work together to navigate a variety of river features. They will take on various roles through the expedition to help their crew with navigation, cooking, and camp setup. Our specifically designed, and field test curriculum will challenge students of all levels, abilities and leadership skills.
 
Potomac River — Florida EcoAdventures Trip in Millersville, MD
 
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School's mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery. Since their establishment in 1986, they have worked with over 70,000 students in the Mid-Atlantic, and is part of an international network of schools that has been providing character education for over 75 years. Learn more about their programs on their website.
The Outward Bound experiential education model focuses on these core design principles – learning through experience, providing an authentic challenge and adventure, and creating a supportive environment. Students walk away from course with a new depth to their socio-emotional skills, which helps them develop into more confident, compassionate leaders.
 
Canoeing — Florida EcoAdventures Trip in Millersville, MD
 

Canoeing

The canoeing portion of this course takes place on the Potomac River. During the river portion, students learn the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as map and compass reading, water navigation and expedition planning. Paddling partners work together to navigate a variety of river features.
 
 

Potomac River

The Potomac River is located along the mid-Atlantic Ocean coast of the United States and flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The river (main stem and North Branch) is approximately 405 miles (652 km) long, with a drainage area of about 14,700 square miles (38,000 km²). In terms of area, this makes the Potomac River the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the United States and the 21st largest in the United States. Over 5 million people live within the Potomac watershed.
 
Potomac River — Florida EcoAdventures Trip in Millersville, MD
 
 
 

7-Day Costa Rica Adventure Summer 2018 TBA

Please Inquire

In an effort to encourage young eco-explorers to pursue careers in science, our sister company Chelonia Eco-Adventures is announcing “Costa Rican Adventure”, a series of immersive adventures designed to promote an understanding and appreciation of biology, with renowned scientists, educators, animal rescuers, and naturalists serving as instructors and role models.
 
Nama Laka Adventure — Costa Rica Adventure in Millersville, MD
 
Your adventure begins where the road ends! Participants will have the incredible opportunity to experience long term National Geographic scientist-Dr. Brady Barr's and wife and owner of Eco Adventures Mei Len Sanchez-Barr's, very own Private Reserve “Nama Laka” (Meaning the land of jaguars in ancient Bri Bri language). Nama Laka consists of 150 acres of very remote, pristine rainforest, crystal clear rivers and streams, waterfalls and giant trees, and abundant wildlife including: 3 species of monkeys, poison dart frogs, green winged macaws, toucans, endangered tapir, ocelots, morpho butterflies and more! Nama Laka borders over 100,000 acres of the National Park, Braullio Carillo, one of Costa Rica's largest protected areas. We cannot guarantee what animals or experiences you will be blessed with, but what we can guarantee, is that this will be a private experience for you and your party. This will be your very own private Eden during your stay. You will not see or hear humanity at Nama Laka, other than the local neighbors…vaquaros (cowboys) riding the road or driving their cattle. Experiencing Nama Laka is like going back in time. Here, owing to the remoteness of the area, and primitive dirt road, residents of the area utilize horseback or ox cart to travel the region during their daily lives. So you will climb aboard a “chapulin” (open air tractor) which will navigate the dirt roads and cross the swift streams, all while you enjoy the spectacular scenery in route (temporary delays sometimes occur if you come across vaquaros driving their cattle down the road…but no worries, it is a fantastic picture opportunity and memory you won't soon forget. Before you know it you will arrive at the treehouse lodge, where accommodations are 25 feet up in an open-air platform where you won't just experience nature…you will be a part of it.
 
Nama Laka Treehouse Lodge
 
Nama Laka Treehouse Lodge — Costa Rica Adventure in Millersville, MD
 
EXPERIENCE THE EXTRAORDINARY!! This is no ordinary experience. At Nama Laka, take amazing hikes through you own private forest where you will neither see nor hear any other signs of humans. This is adventure on the wild side! Cleanse your soul with a hike to one of the largest trees on earth (over 30 meters around…as best as we can estimate), swim in crystal clear cool mountain streams, or lounge in your own private pool beneath a spectacular plunging waterfall, all within easy access of your private treehouse lodge. In addition, guests can participate in camera trapping species ID research and assist with lodge project improvements. If available for releases, you can be a part of a heart warming animal release back into the wild from Centro herpetologico de Costa Rica rescue facility. For the extreme adventurer, study local caiman up close and personal, take a night hike and eye shine them. travel to the East coast to meet our friends at The Sloth Sanctuary. Meet famous “Buttercup” and Director Judy and friends from Discovery Channel's “Meet the Sloths show”. Take an in-depth behind-the- scenes tour of the rescue facility, nursery/NICU, slothpital, sloth play pens and take a guided tour of the rainforest canals to look for sloths and other wildlife. Lazy around in the white –or black-beaches of the Caribbean. End your experience at the luxurious Pachiro Lodge in Tortugero . Take a boat ride through a series of canals in the jungle to get to a riverside lodge where participants will experience a thrilling zip line experience, take guided jungle canal tours, hikes, and tour the town. Enjoy the tropical atmosphere of Pachira Lodge and the sea turtle shaped pool overlooking the water. During the night, creep up and gaze upon giant nesting Green sea turtles (and if we are lucky-leatherbacks) with expert guides. Go home with new found confidence, knowledge of animals and careers in biology/ecology, and independence. This could possibly be a defining, life-changing moment, an experience of a lifetime and one you will never forget.
 
 
Potomac River — Costa Rica Adventure in Millersville, MD
 
Accommodations: Pachira Lodge: Tortuguero www.pachiralodge.com
* For student trips -space is limited! Two instructors will travel with the students at all times.
*For family groups we prepare your itinerary and your Naturalist/Hostess will guide you through your entire adventure.
*$1885 without airfare All inclusive: travel insurance, Meals, lodging, transportation, excursions and tours, airport taxes, fees, tips. Must sign participant waivers, have own medical insurance, and passport. $500 non-refundable deposit due at registration
Does not include: extras: guide tips, snacks/drinks, souvenirs.
 
* Transportation: Airfare should be purchased separately. Southwest direct flight to San Jose from BWI to SJO. Costa Rican transportation includes: 12 passenger van, tractor ride, bus ride and boat ride to Tortuguero.
These programs are designed for ages 13 and higher. There is a mandatory pre-meeting with parents and 3 hour workshop to learn about ecology of rainforests, biology of crocodilians, sea turtles, and go over trip details on what to expect/bring. Activities may also include a cultural field trip.
Itineraries can vary and are customized to your needs! Just let us know what you want to see and we take care of it for you-
SAMPLE Itinerary:
Depart USA arrive around 12:50pm.
Take van to “Pozo Azul”, Sarapiqui (2.5 hrs). Take chapulin (tractor ride) transportation to Nama Laka (1 hr)
26 Rio Peje hike & waterfall White water rafting
27 El Rey Tree hike am leave to Sloth sanctuary pm (3 hrs)
28 Sloth sanctuary tour 8-2pm / beach
29 meet El Ceibo or Cariari to Tortuguero/canal tour turtles/pm
30 hike am zip line pm
31 depart to SJ stay hotel country Inn
1 depart USA
For more information and reservations, contact www.EcoAdventures.org Tel: 410-987-1300 e-mail: EcoAdventuresmd@gmail.com www.EcoAdventures.org
A Typical Day on the Reserve:
Typical Day at Nama Laka: This is living with nature at it's best…rustic living conditions: no air conditioning, no TV, and lots and lots of wildlife!
Howler monkeys and sounds of tropical birds and parrots will wake you up at dawn- Then grab that Costa Rican cup of coffee and take a stroll around the reserve to bird watch while we get breakfast ready. Take nice cool or warm refreshing shower in the enclosed but open window shower as the local wildlife (poison dart frogs may visit you in the shower).
Have a traditional Breakfast with “Gallo Pinto” Beans and rice fried eggs, bacon, or a simple bowl of cheerios with fresh tropical fruit made by your host. However, you have free reign of the fridge and cabinets to make whatever you want!
During the day- take a hike to the river, float around or fish- Visit the waterfalls, have a picnic lunch, or take the epic journey to “EL REY” the biggest tree in the area following a beautiful stream full of wildlife! Help researchers with tracking animals, and collecting data from camera traps, plant trees and epiphytes, …late afternoon is basically a free period to relax in a hammock and watch hummingbirds eat from the feeders.
With students, everyone helps prepare dinner! Then we all eat together family-style! With family groups, you have a dinner menu prepared for you by your hosts.
It gets dark quick so pull out your candles and headlamps and play a game of cards, tell stories on the deck…then lights out as you will be ready for a comfy bed indeed!
We Provide:
 
  • STUDENT GROUPS:Supervision at all times with 2 of our expert Eco Adventure's naturalists/biologists in addition to local researchers, vets, wildlife experts/biologists, and naturalists, etc
  • Transportation within the country.
  • Lodging at Nama Laka, Sloth Sanctuary, and Pachira Lodge with all meals included- please bring extra money for snacks/drinks.
 
  • Parent/child meeting to discuss details prior to signing up.
  • Half day training and informational session for participants that includes: Introduction to marine biology, sea turtles/their biology, rainforests, sloths, expectations, trip information etc.
  • Unforgettable and perhaps- life changing experiences!
 
All Participants Must:
 
  • Be mature, independent individuals 13 years or older
  • Be prepared to live in close contact with others
  • Have some experience staying away from home for extended periods of time
  • Be able to live in rustic environments with limited internet at times/and cell signal, no air conditioning, sleep in open air treelodge, tolerate insects, etc
  • Be able to adjust to a early mornings/late nights busy travel schedule and LONG day of physical activities
 
  • Be able to follow directions carefully and quickly
  • Have a passion for animals
  • Must know how to swim and be in good physical condition
  • Must be able to hike long distances through remote areas/no bathrooms, etc
  • Must come to the parent/child informational session and sign a participation waiver form/ have insurance/purchase additional travel insurance
 
Price: $1985 per person without airfare