Florida Everglades 2014

Note that this course can count as an Honors elective (with petition) if you are an Honors scholar.

Biology is now taking applications for our biennial Spring field course, "Natural History of the Everglades and Florida Keys." The course meets weekly on Monday evenings before Spring break, and then involves "total immersion" for 12 days during break. On the field trip, you will:

  • Explore cypress ecosystems at Corkscrew Swamp in southwestern Florida
  • Canoe through a maze of mangroves in the Ten-Thousand Island region of the western Everglades, and camp overnight at Lulu Key facing the Gulf of Mexico. There, you'll enjoy spectacular tide-pooling.
  • Snorkel along a tropical reef in Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary
  • Explore rocky tide pools along the Atlantic face of the Florida Keys
  • Immerse yourself in several ecosystems in the core of Everglades National Park, ending with a spectacular opportunities for wildlife viewing at Anhinga Trail
  • Observe lots of wildlife: insects, frogs, turtles, snakes, alligators (and maybe crocodiles), many birds, and probably manatee and dolphins
  • Make friends with fellow students and faculty as you camp, eat, tramp, study, and worship together

Interested? Pick up (or download here) and complete an application at the biology office by September 20. We will note order of application (as an indicator of depth of interest) when we make selections, so don't delay!