Paddle through lush mangrove tunnels. Explore a land of contrast amidst tropic and semi-tropic zones, land and sea and salt and fresh water. Learn to work together to read tide charts, explore unique ecosystems, cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars. Discover what makes the Ten Thousand Islands famous worldwide; understand its environmental value; and learn how we can better take care of it. During the journey, share life experiences with the group and participate in activities that encourage you to examine where you’ve been, where you are now and where you would like to go in life.
|NERK-721||2.11.17 - 2.17.17||7||30 and up||$1,823||ENROLL|
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Unplug from electronic devices and plug into the fundamentals of the natural world on an Adult expedition with Outward Bound. Acquire essential outdoor skills and experience rugged wilderness adventures as skilled Instructors urge you to surpass expectations and realize “there is more in you than you know.” With physical challenge, time for rest and reflection and conversations dedicated to evaluating life priorities, our adult courses are refreshing, reaffirming and rejuvenating.
Students can expect to spend a good deal of time each day in kayaks carrying their own food and gear for the excursion. Both single and tandem kayaks are used and students have the opportunity to spend time in both vessels. Depending on the wind and weather, the level of difficulty varies from day to day. Crews practice marine expedition risk assessment and management, route planning, navigation, paddle stroke techniques, kayak-based rescues and equipment use and its care.
Near the end of every course, students will separate from one another to be alone, or Solo, for a period of time. The length of the Solo is determined by the length of the course. During this time, instructors will assign each participant with their own individual campsite within a designated area. These areas are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members for safety. Students will be given all of the necessary gear, food, water and skills to complete this portion of the course. They will also know the location of their instructors’ Solo site should they need to contact them for any reason and instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience.
Solo is a great time for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having had long days of strenuous activity and group activities. Most students use this time to write in their journals, sleep or practice technical skills they’ve learned thus far on course.
Everglades National Park, FL
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 December 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.
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