Winter Teen Trip
10,000 Islands Florida Everglades
December 27th, 2017 to January 2nd, 2018
The Canoe Expedition Experience
This strength-based, fun dynamic, natural and creative program will use the power of the local environment as a catalyst and stage for teenagers to focus on commandeering their life journey in a new and exciting environment. Just as in daily life, participants will be met with new opportunities and dynamic challenges that will characterize their orientation and exploration of the power of choice, innovation, vision, ownership, and personal leadership. Breakwater Expeditions features a team of highly skilled professionals with years of experience in developing and leading adventure programs and expeditions for young adults. Our team carefully develops these exciting adventures to meet the needs of its participants.
Vision, ownership, leadership, innovation, drive, adaptation, decision making, relationships, and goal setting.
Direction, motivation, focus, drive, and inspiration
Mysterious and ancient, Everglades National Park comprises of 1.5 million acres of Florida’s vast landscape. At the southwestern reaches of the park are the 35,000 acres of labyrinth waterways and white sand beaches of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Reserve. Once shelter to Caribbean Pirates and Calusa Natives, these salt marshes, estuaries, and mangrove forests are unique coastal ecosystems that serve as nursery grounds for young marine life and unique areas for exploration. The combination of climate, geographical location, and ocean currents makes the Everglades America’s only sub-tropical wilderness. This environment is home to over six hundred species of birds and animals, thousands of plant varieties, and several of the world’s endangered species. As we paddle the flat water rivers through lush tropical forests we will encounter the habitats of manatees, dolphins, otters, birds, alligators, and crocodiles (the only place in the world where these toothy reptiles coexist). Our route will take us through the prehistoric shell middens of early civilizations which you’ll then understand why this is one of America’s prized World Heritage Sites.
- Dates: December 27, 2017- January 2, 2018
- Cost: $3,100
- Deposit: $1,000 per student ASAP to reserve spot.
- Costs Include: Lodging, ground transport, expedition expense, tents, sleeping bags, gear.
- Pre / Post Trip Support: Pre and post-trip calls from Breakwater Expeditions staff. Climate: Temperatures in December are 55 – 80 degrees.
Day 1: Fly into Fort Myers Meet at airport midday and head to Everglades City. Spend the night in Everglades City.
Day 2: 10,000 Islands Paddle to Brush Island area.
Days 3-5: 10,000 Islands Paddle areas including Tiger Island, Jewel Island, Hog Key, Graveyard Creek and South Joe. Explore creeks, beaches, mangroves, and wildlife viewing.
Day 6: Fort Meyer : Take off the water near Everglades City. Head back to Fort Meyers for our celebration dinner and last night together. Day 7: Fly Home Morning flights home.