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      Guided Swampwalk in Fakahatchee Strand in Copeland

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      April 21, 2017

      Friday   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (daily until April 30, 2017)

      Janes Memorial Scenic Drive
      Copeland, Florida 34137

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      Guided Swampwalk in Fakahatchee Strand

      Everglades Area Tours is a family owned business that has been providing intimate, Guided Boating, Kayaking and Walking Eco Tours since the late 1990’s. All guides are full-time, formally trained Florida Master Naturalists and are THE most experienced in the area. Our tours and operations encourage stewardship of Florida's natural resources and, as important, awareness of its history and cultural heritage. We are proud to one of only eight firms certified by the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism and the only one operating directly in Everglades National Park. We offer guided eco-educational experiences in Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Rookery Bay National Estuary and are the only tour provider to do so.

      Our most popular walking tour take us through the cypress swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The Fakahatchee Strand is known as "the Amazon of North America. The Park is a 75,000 acre wilderness area and is approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide. A protective canopy of bald cypress trees covers a slow moving shallow "river" or "slough" running north to south. The canopy and water below create a unique "humidity controlled" environment that neither gets too cold in the winter or too warm in the summer. Flora and fauna flourish and the Strand is home to rare and endangered tropical plant species. It contains the richest diversity of native epiphytic orchid and bromeliad species in North America (44 and 14 respectively) as well as the largest groves of native royal palms.

      Take a three hour excursion with one of our knowledgeable (and passionate) naturalists to explore the many wonders of these environments. Discuss the natural history of the Everglades, as well as the last 120 years of human impact to the ecosystem, and the current Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) - the largest restoration project our planet has known.

      Each and every tour will present unique opportunities. You may come across an endangered orchid in bloom (such as the ghost orchid or the dingy-flowered star), or we may see fresh tracks or scat from an elusive Florida panther or Florida black bear. Encounters with white-tailed deer, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, egrets, herons, alligators and water reptiles are always a possibility, and definitely a bonus.

      Groups will have an option of a "dry walk" or a wet "swamp walk". For those who prefer to stay dry, we can take advantage of the vast network of tram roads (dirt/gravel) that were built during the days of cypress logging (1944-1956). For those who do not mind getting their feet wet, one of the best ways to experience the Everglades is walking through its clear, rich, knee-deep waters.

      This tour departs daily at 9:00am (ends at 12:00pm) and 1:30pm (ends at 4:30pm). For more information or to book a tour, please visit our website at, or call 239-695-3633.

      Cost: Payment required - This tour costs 99.95 per person. Children under 12 are 59.95 per person. Advance reservations are required.

      Categories: Education | Outdoors & Recreation

      This event repeats daily until April 30, 2017:

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.