1st Annual Trip to Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks
with Breakthrough Miami
Everglades National Park/Keys
Students will explore the fascinating landscape of Everglades National Park, including the remote 10,000 Islands section, where they will have a chance to see pods of dolphins, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, manatees, stingrays, and more animal and bird species. Through a combination of boating, driving, and walking tours, they will learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the Everglades.
After exploring Coral Castle, the students will go kayaking (led by a marine biologist guide) through the seagrass flats and out to an island off the coast, and then back into an old growth mangrove forest trail. This area is a fish nursery. There is the chance to see manatees, small sharks, a wide variety of fish and birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles and more.
Connection of the Keys to the Everglades: Some of the upper islands of the Keys are part of Everglades National Park. And all of the upper Keys are part of the Everglades system - the health of the reefs off the Keys is connected to the flow of fresh water and quality of water moving through the Everglades and into the Florida Bay. On this trip, our students will witness first hand how these systems are all connected together.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Time for some more wildlife spotting. Even at the visitors center, large wild alligators can be spotted! Students will take a nature walk led by a master naturalist, followed by a 1-hour airboat ride, co-led by a Native American family company guide, where they will have the opportunity to see large alligators, baby alligators, rare birds, and more. A stop at a Native tree island village will provide insights into the culture of those first inhabitants of this land.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Besides the natural beauty of the boat ride to and from the park and of Dry Tortugas National Park, this stop also provides a historical tour and a fort to explore! The boat check in is at 7 a.m., and it leaves at 8 a.m. We will return at about 5:30 p.m. The boat ride out to Dry Tortugas National Park takes a little bit more than two hours, and on the way the veteran captain will fill us in on the natural and cultural history of the park. We will have almost five hours to explore the park — time for birding, beach walking, and, of course, touring the amazing Fort Jefferson, which holds an interesting slice of American history. For those accomplished swimmers, there may be a chance to swim during this portion of the trip.
2nd Biennial Trip to Joshua Tree and Sequoia National Park
with Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano
In partnership with Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, Birthright America was proud to provide the educational and emotional enrichment that comes from exploring their country’s bountiful National Parks and from the learning opportunities connected to that exploration to a group of 20 students in August of 2018.
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