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Monday, February 17 • 7:00am - 4:00pm
Field Trip: Explore the Natural Wonders of North Florida’s Biodiversity Hotspot

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ADDITIONAL FEE: $75; Limited to 50 participants

Spend the day exploring a slice of the natural diversity of the Florida panhandle, one of the nation’s six richest biodiversity hotspots. This region is a far cry from theme parks, plastic flamingos and typical Florida stereotypes.

Tour three destinations to learn about unique habitats and the wildlife they support:
  • Ponce De Leon Springs State Park: Come see the crystal blue waters of one of Florida’s famous springs. Enjoy hiking the trails with a park ranger, or, if you are feeling bold, bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the 70°F spring!
  • E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center: Eat lunch at the state-of-the-art environmental education center that promotes conservation through hands-on experiences with nature. Staff will be giving presentations on birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, and more – enjoy up close experiences with some of the Panhandle’s most interesting fauna.
  • Grayton Beach State Park: Coastal dune lakes are rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar, and South Walton, Florida. Here you will learn about Florida beach mice and take a short hike through coastal hammock and upland habitats before strolling along the beautiful sandy beach.

Transportation, lunch, and snacks included in price of this field trip. Partners and spouses are invited to register for the pre-Academy field trip

Monday February 17, 2020 7:00am - 4:00pm EST
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