Your middle or high school class will be thrilled to play, serve and explore in the Keys! Meaningful partnerships are scattered throughout this area where we will make a difference at the Dolphin Research Center, Wild Bird Sanctuary, John Pennekamp State Park, and local charity partners.
As with all Journeys, you will choose what kinds of projects will match your students desire to serve while they explore. For fun and activities we can customize your trip to include the glass bottom boat and snorkeling day, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach days, and more.
Customizing your class trip to meet learning outcomes, serving outcomes, and/or adventure and leadership outcomes is our speciality. We will work together to create a meaningful itinerary before presenting this to your school and team. Faculty input is imperative for a great outcome!
As your students Journey through the Keys, we create the perfect blend of serving, and fun. Whether staying at our partner facility on the bay, to include snorkeling, paddle boarding, and fishing at night in their down time ~ students will get a true sense of a spring/alternative break while making a difference. With over 9 years of taking student teams to collaborative and intentional service locations, we will design just the right itinerary for your class.
Middle School Students
High School Students
This Journey will include all expenses. All lodging, food, service project details/materials, adventures and transportation as needed!
Dolphin Research Center was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1984 by Jayne Shannon-Rodriguez and Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez. Their goal was to ensure the dolphins had a home here for life, and in doing so to establish a unique education and research facility. The bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions presently living here provide a range of personalities and backgrounds. Over half of our family was born at the Center, while the other members have either come from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated and deemed unreleasable back into the wild by the Government and now have a forever home at Dolphin Research Center.
The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is a not for profit 501(c)3 conservation organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced; providing or locating a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released; and educating the public toward the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species.
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park in the United States. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, cover approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. The park extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately 25 miles in length. These areas were established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972.
The park contains a wide variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks offer visitors a unique and interesting experience, it is the coral formations and associated marine life that most park visitors come to enjoy. The coral reef at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are among the most beautiful and diverse of all living communities.
This Journey is customized with a hotel stay for the students in Key Largo at a partner hotel. We also have accommodations at the cottages on the bay.
A bus will pick the students up at the school or airport in Miami, accompany them during the trip, and return arrangements are made.
Hat, Sunscreen, Closed Toed Shoes, Journal, Bathing Suit, Fishing Pole, Snorkel Gear if you have it.
Day 4 will depend on the Journey. On this day you will adventure as a team, have time off on your own, rafting, zip-lining, hiking, birding, boating, all areas have optional adventures for our Explore day! Day 5 & 6 will either be an additional Serve, Adventure, or a Departure Day.