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Eco-tours for Adults - Exploring the Kissimmee River


Since 1998, CES has been offering Explore the Kissimmee River Eco-tour field trips for adults from all over the state, country and world. Interested residents, visitors, and environmental professionals are welcome to join us. You will learn about the incredible success and beauty of the Kissimmee River Restoration via pontoon boat. Guests can relax and learn about the restoration ecology of the river and the rich agricultural history of Florida’s Heartland. Interested guests can become involved in Citizen Science by participating in diversity and abundance bird surveys. Guests also learn about the Kissimmee River’s important role in the Greater Everglades ecosystem and restoration.

Riverwoods EcoTours

A typical day is from 10am-3pm and includes an introduction at our Visitors Center, and then a 3-4 hour interpretive tour along the old river, through the channelized C-38 canal and into the restored Kissimmee River. Wear comfortable field clothes and pack your lunch for a fun and educational day exploring the river. The fee-based program is available to adult groups with a maximum of 17 guests at a rate of $25 per person and minimum of $400 per group. Visitors from all over travel to learn about the Kissimmee River Restoration. We host locals annually from our Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) as well as international professional water resource managers from UNESCO in the Netherlands.

If you are interested in scheduling a group Eco-tour to Explore the Kissimmee River, please contact Loisa Kerwin at lkerwin@fau.edu

The Florida Master Naturalist Program - Upland Systems Course

Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, 10, 17 & Dec. 1 & 8, 2016

Pines and saw palmettoPlease join us for the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) at Riverwoods this fall! 

Interested in learning more about Florida’s unique habitats? The FMNP is the perfect, fun and easy class for you! It is designed for adults interested in learning more about Florida's natural environments and challenging conservation issues. 

The class is held for 6 weeks on Thursdays from 8:30-5:00. The class consists of indoor presentations by environmental experts, and then afternoon field trips to explore local upland habitats including oak hammocks, pine flatwoods, dry prairie and scrub habitats. We also travel to learn about the environmental practices of cattle ranching in Florida’s Heartland.

Riverwoods Field Lab is located on Highway 98 along the banks of the Kissimmee River in Highlands County, at 100 Riverwoods Circle, Lorida, Florida 33857.  Download the FMNP Uplands 2016 flyer now!.


 To register online go to:  www.MasterNaturalist.org   by October 19, 2016.

The course cost is $225 and is payable online to the University of Florida.

Space is limited to 17 students. Find us listed under:


Questions? Please contact Casey Trent at ctrent4@fau.edu or 863-462-0026.


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