Come join a professional guide and naturalist while exploring Florida’s ancient past hidden in the beds of our rivers. Explore ancient fossils, experience Florida wildlife, and journey down the beautiful Peace River. On our expeditions you will search for bones and teeth of animals that lived here thousands or millions of years ago such as camels, giant ground sloths, giant armadillo, mammoth and mastodon, horses, bison, giant land tortoise, turtle species, capybaras, tapirs, dugong, whales, sharks, and much more! Kayak and explore this enchanted river looking for a variety of ancient and present wildlife. Learn about wildlife such as the American Alligator, herons, fresh water otters, and a variety of other wildlife.
PEACE RIVER SCHOOL TRIP
Our core curriculum consists of fossil studies, river habitats, endemic species identification, and service learning.
The Peace River near Arcadia, FL contains a wealth of marine and Ice Age land fossils. The marine fossils, which date from the Miocene period throught the Pliocene period, known as the Ice Ages, commonly found include shark, giant carcharodon (megalodon) shark, ray, pufferfish, barracuda, dolphin, dugong (manatee), whale, etc. Land fossils, primarily from the Ice Age as Florida was submerged until then, commonly found include horse, camel, glyptodont, alligator, bird, turtle, snake, deer, and mastodon. Students will have the opportunity to search for fossils and then discuss their finds.
The river is home to a vast array of plants and animals that have adapted to an ever changing environment. Some creatures such as the alligator, blue heron, and West Indian manatee have become symbols of a struggling ecosystem. Students on a school trip to the Peace River will learn about and identify many species that are found in the region.
The mosaic of habitats found along the Peace River ecosystems support a wide variety of plant and animal species. The students will have the opportunity to explore the river from above and below. On a school field trip to the Peace River students will learn about these habitats and how they must be preserved to maintain a healthy balance in this ecosystem.
Science and Service-Learning
Participants will be able to volunteer in a variety of service-based programs. The emphasis of the service opportunity is to show students how an affinity for science can be used to positively impact communities.
- Kayaking down the Peace River
- View Florida wildlife, such as Alligators, soft shell turtles, and coastal birds
- Dig for ancient fossils
- Snorkel and explore underwater organisms
- Help scientists and conservation efforts and more..