Next week, Alex's upper school Ecology class is heading to the Everglades, Florida. The students have been familiarizing themselves with southern Florida’s geography, terrain, and diverse ecosystems. Over the next week students will be preparing fauna guides and studying invasive species of the Everglades. The Everglades is a unique place that offers a critical look at invasive species, man’s impact on wild systems and issues around water management. It is this uniqueness that makes Homestead, Florida one of the only places in the western hemisphere where you can find a breeding population of Red-whiskered Bulbu, an Indian song bird. The class is excited to see some of the things they have been studying all session, first hand.
Their itinerary includes:
- A number of days in Homestead, Everglades delving into their class curriculum
- A trip to the Rookery Bay Conservation Center and Refuge for a day on the water with a marine biologist
- Renting kayaks and exploring the mangrove forests, the freshwater bay and the estuary that exist at Rookery Bay
- Boating at Thousand Island, with hopes of seeing some manatees
- Several days on houseboats on Biscayne Bay, exploring the inlets and waterways of the bay
It is sure to be an incredibly educational AND fun trip for the students. The world is our classroom!