1. Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home
Experience the natural world around Marco Island as you spot sea turtles and other local wildlife, collect shells, and admire the Cape Romano Dome Homes on this boat excursion. Begin with a boat tour among the Ten Thousand Islands. Take in the local wildlife and search for dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles with your naturalist guide. Encounter ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons, and a large number of shorebird species. Enjoy commentary from your Florida Master Naturalist guide who will talk about the area's ecosystems, history, and culture. Next, explore a remote barrier island beach, an island only reached by boat. Learn about beach dynamics, stroll through the tidal flats, and wade the tidal pools. Collect shells, sand dollars, and other treasures on island beaches that are untouched. Learn about individual shell animals and how to shell from your naturalist guide. Have a hands-on experience, perfect for the young and old alike. From here, venture to the edge of southwest Florida, the Cape Romano, and the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you will see the well-known Cape Romano Dome Houses. Hear how they were once on the beach, but have slowly moved into the water over time. Snap some memorable photographs here.