Let the Sunshine in

This field trip is your ticket to Florida’s natural treasures and lets you experience the wonders of nature up close.

We experience the wonders of Florida on an unforgettable excursion through the Everglades and the Florida Keys. We observe a colorful variety of bird species, impressive alligators and rare American crocodiles in their natural environment in the “river of grass”. We dive/snorkel into the underwater world with turtles, lobsters, peaceful nurse sharks, rays and numerous other fish species on a snorkeling/diving trip in the marine protected area of the Florida Keys.

The second part takes us to the Orlando region. Gentle manatees up close are a very special experience. We go look for bald eagles, caracaras, roseate spoonbills and bobcats. Bobcats are the smallest of all lynx species. A visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers us insights into global conservation and breeding projects and the tasks of modern zoos.

Andreas, our expert guide, has been leading field trips in Florida for over 20 years and will take care of you throughout the trip. He shares his insider knowledge about the region’s nature and wildlife with you, takes you to the most exciting and beautiful places and, of course, completely safely through the wilderness.

Come with us on this adventure and let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the Sunshine State!

  • date

    30 November – 16 Decemberr 2024

  • location

    Florida, USA

  • duration

    17 days, including arrival and departure days

  • course language

    English

  • participants

    a minimum of 6 participants is required

  • fee

    from 2.680 Euros

    • including transfer from/to Miami International Airport
    • including all transfers in Florida as part of the field trip
    • not including accommodation and flights

Expert-Guided Field Trip

We set off from Miami in a comfortable van towards the Florida Keys, where we explore the (under)water world of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico as well as other special features of the islands – the Keys. Of course, you can jump into the warm water at any time.

We then head across the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness area in the United States, and reach the Orlando area before returning to Miami, where we end our exclusive and worry-free field trip.

Andreas will pick you up directly at the airport in Miami and bring you back there safely after our journey.

accommodation

US standard hotels/motels – not included

flights

e.g. Vienna – Miami – Vienna

equipment

we recommend binoculars, camera and field guides

Expert-Guided Field Trip

The Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness area in the United States, covering over 600,000 hectares of wetland. An unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther besides the well-known alligators. A total of 350 different bird, 300 fresh and salt water fish, 50 reptile and 40 mammal species have been recorded in the Everglades. The Everglades have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. However, they were classified as endangered in 1993 because of increasing pollution from fertilizers and mercury, the drainage of the area, and the devastating effects of Hurricane Andrew, and are therefore listed on the Red List of World Heritage in Danger. Using the Everglades and other wetlands as models, we investigate ecological relationships, learn to assess human interventions and their possible / actual effects and work to develop counter-strategies. The subtropical Everglades are particularly suitable, as every plant and every animal species that is introduced into this area can survive, reproduce and spread due to the pleasant climate.

Program *

  • sensitive environments & human influence
  • threats & protection of endangered species
  • invasive species and loss of habitat
  • local conservation projects
  • the Great Florida Reef – 270 kilometers of living coral
  • diving / snorkeling / kayaking (optional)
  • nature photography
  • meeting local experts

ECTS accredited with some universities

All participants receive a certificate of participation

* program changes reserved

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