Optional Trip

Please register for the optional trip using the online registration form. Please be aware that space is limited. In the event that the excursion is full, registrants will be placed on a wait list and contacted if space becomes available.

Sunday, January 5, 1:30–4:45 p.m.
Everglades Pontoon Eco-Tour
This eco-nature tour begins in the heart of the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and one of the largest wetlands in the world. A pontoon boat will cruise the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Ten Thousand Islands to examine the rich ecosystem of Southwest Florida. The tour will travel through island estuaries to observe the many forms of wildlife and birds inhabiting the vast mangrove jungle. Participants can expect to see alligators, dolphins, ospreys, bald eagles, and other fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat. The tour includes a stop at one of the islands for a chance to see dolphins up close. Once ashore participants can enjoy collecting what makes the islands famous—sea shells.
Fee: $125