Exploring the Florida Everglades
Naturalist Guided Hiking Trip: Exploring the Florida Everglades
February 5 – 11, 2023
Explore the Everglades during the dry season. Dry conditions and lower temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape - water levels drop and large numbers of animals congregate around remnant water holes, making wildlife viewing an easy endeavor. Birding is exceptional, as many species winter in the relative warmth of the South Florida wilds.
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is designated a Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance.
The Florida Everglades is one of the most complex and most fragile natural systems in the United States, consisting of nine distinct ecosystems. At its heart is the well-known "river of grass," a slowly flowing freshwater river that is both shallow and immense, which merges into wide tidal rivers and then mixes with salt water from the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Bay. It is here that the world's greatest mangrove forest thrives.
February in the Everglades
February is the most wonderful time to explore this unique ecosystem. With its abundance of birds and other wildlife as well as the variety of interesting wildflowers and other subtropical plant life, we are all in for a special treat. This is the time of the year when many of the water birds (waders and others) are nesting. More troublesome insects, such as mosquitoes and biting flies, become virtually non-existent in most areas of the park.
The Everglades are mild and pleasant from December through April, with low humidity and clear skies. Temperatures reach average highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F. Though strong cold fronts may occasionally create near freezing conditions, such events are rare in this subtropical climate.
Trip Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Trip Dates: February 5 – 19 (Sunday to Saturday), 2023
Trip Cost: $2955 ** Single Supplement: $545 (limited)
**Trip Cost is based on the minimum group size of 5 participants (pax**If 4 pax, add $150 ea; 3 pax, add $500; 2 pax, add $950.
Trip Highlights and Activities:Birding; wildlife watching; kayaking or canoeing; botanizing; photography; exceptional scenery; exploring the unique Everglades ecosystem via hiking, paddling, and cycling; scenic boat tour; opportunity to view endangered species Group Size: 5 (min) – 8 (max) participants
Eco Tours; Naturalist Guide; Birdwatching; Wildlife Watching; Wildflowers; Paddling in the Everglades; Botanizing; Photography; Exploring the Unique Everglades Ecosystem; Hiking; Cycling; Scenic Boat Tour; Endangered Species - Crocodiles, Manatees, Wood Storks