Exploring the Florida Everglades

Naturalist Guided Hiking Trip: Exploring the Florida Everglades

February 9 – 15, 2020

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. Established in 1947, this 1.5 million-acre wilderness it 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. In addition there is cypress swamp, freshwater marl prairie, hardwood hammocks, pinelands, and freshwater sloughs. This diversity of ecosystems combines to create some of the greatest biodiversity found in any one area.

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.

Weather

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.

Exploring the Florida Everglades
Trip Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Trip Dates: February 9 – 15 (Sunday to Saturday), 2020
Trip Cost: $2875 Single Supplement $520 (limited)
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: 4 (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