Winding canoe trails, grazing manatees, epic sunsets and camping on beaches underneath the stars, set the scene as you travel between two of Florida’s unique waterways on an adventure of a lifetime. From the sub-tropical Ten Thousand Islands, up into the historic Suwannee River, you and your crew travel by canoe caring for each other and the world around you. Whether studying exotic wildlife and the environments they live in, engaging in service-learning in the community, working on setting goals with a member of your support team or learning to navigate and work together, this course challenges you to become your best self.
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This course may be full or preparing to leave in the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to discuss your options.
Our Pathfinder expeditions are designed for young adults who are recent high school graduates, college students, or young adults seeking personal, educational, or professional direction. Throughout these 30-day expeditions, students focus on increasing self-knowledge, clarifying values, strengthening decision-making skills and processes, and setting goals – all life skills to help chart a path toward independence with confidence and passion.
During this journey, students will complete an extended canoe expedition. This course includes learning the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as skills like portaging, orienteering, expedition planning, Leave No Trace wilderness living, cooking and setting up camp in the outdoors. Students will be using tandem, or two person, canoes, which fosters teamwork and communication skills. Along the way, they will take turns navigating and leading their crew as they see hundreds of natural wonders and discover they are stronger than they know.
Participants have the opportunity to prepare for the unexpected by earning a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. This training prepares participants to deal with illnesses and injuries in a wilderness setting through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on scenarios. Offered through partnerships with recognized national providers, such as Landmark Learning or SOLO, this certification is often a requirement for entry-level outdoor education jobs.
For thousands of years and across many cultures, solitude and reflection in nature have helped young adults to recognize and bring forth their personal gifts. The solo ceremony and rite of passage experience is highlighted on this Pathfinder course to help participants prepare to chart their path and contribute more fully to their communities. Participants return from solo with a new perspective on the parts of themselves they are ready to leave behind and those they want to embrace as they move forward. They return to their crew ready to incorporate their personal learnings into the greater context of community for the final expedition and for life after the course. On this course, students will participate in a solo progression that includes daily reflection time and a multi-day solo experience.
Service has always been an integral part of Outward Bound, providing the opportunity for students to experience a deeper relationship with the environment and local communities through which they travel. Students on this course can expect to engage in several service projects that may include trail maintenance, building and grounds maintenance in local recreation areas, invasive species management, working with rescue animals, or building houses. Students will explore the role of service on their course and in their life at home and reflect on the impact of service on the community and themselves.
Rivers of Centeral Florida
Central Florida is home to some of the country’s most historic and biologically diverse waterways. It offers paddling on small, winding canoe trails as well as larger rivers and lakes, with camping in a variety of environments from hardwood hammock forests to barrier islands. The Suwannee River, Ocklawaha River, and St John’s River offer hundreds of miles of paddling in some of the country’s most unspoiled wilderness. These rivers support a variety of ecosystems, including freshwater springs, swamps, sandy beaches, hardwood hammock trees and salt marshes. Shaded by giant Cypress and Tupelo trees, these rivers support a variety of wildlife and have deep cultural histories. On Central Florida’s east coast, the Indian River Lagoon, which encompasses Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, is the most diverse estuary in North America. Nearly one third of the nation’s manatee population resides in this 156 mile-long waterway, along with an abundance of dolphins and other marine life.
Ten Thousand Islands/Florida Everglades
This course takes place off the west coast of southern Florida in Everglades National Park and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. As the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States and third-largest national park in the lower 48 states, The Everglades provide a variety of precious wildlife habitat. The aquatic preserve includes more than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, and 40 species of mammals, within its confines. Everglades National Park is one of only three locations in the world to show up on the following lists: International Biosphere Reserve, Wetland of an International Importance and World Heritage Site.
This course area is in a subtropical region, with a 12-month growing season. The Florida peninsula is believed to be the last part of the continental United States to rise from the ocean, making it the youngest region geologically and only Alaska can claim a longer shoreline. The Everglades are mild and pleasant from November through April, with low humidity and clear skies. Temperatures reach average highs of 88 degrees and lows of 54 degrees. Strong cold fronts may occasionally create near freezing conditions, but such events are rare in this subtropical climate.
“This trip was incredible and terrible at the same time. I would not have learned so much if I was not pushed out of my comfort zone. It was exactly what I needed at this point in my life.” Ellis E., Outward Bound alumnus
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