We started out in the Educational Center where they did a scavenger hunt and saw a bald eagle and its nest. There was so much for us to see! The ceiling was covered with life sized models of sea life that is found off our coasts; manta rays, Right Whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, sea turtles, the list just keeps going! In the middle of the room was a GIANT life sized diorama of a Florida Estuary. It was neat to see all the animals in their natural habitat.
Afterwards we had a picnic lunch and then headed off to the nature trails. We didn't have a lot of time, but we managed to squeeze in a mile and a half hike! The kids took special delight in pointing out the ginormous spiders, and when we stumbled upon a rather large black snake they seemed intent on ticking it off by chucking sticks and other rubble at it. After a stern reprimand, we headed back to the car and civilization. I am a BIG fan of AC and pest control, so while I throughly enjoyed our little field trip to the wilds of Florida, I was more than content to return home!
Here's a slideshow of the trip! (I've become addicted to this "Smile Box" application! Do you like the sideshows better than the parade of pictures I used to do?)
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Be good and God bless!