Here is where you’ll start and end your Floridian adventure!
Rustic Pathways’ Young Explorers programs are for students ages 12 to 14 with a passion for travel. These programs allow the young adventurer to step outside of their comfort zone, make new friends, and learn about the world around them.
Spend a week in Key Largo discovering an entire world under the ocean’s surface with MarineLab. You will spend part of your day learning about the complex ecological systems of coral reefs and lagoons. Then, hop on a boat to head out to the crystal clear blue water to put your new knowledge to work. Snorkel through lagoons and coral reefs to see first hand the beauty, structures and systems of the ocean floor. This program is jam-packed with new experiences, new information and plenty of time to soak up the sun.
It’s time to head home. We hope you had an incredible week in the Florida Keys!
Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.
The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.
“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.
“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.
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This program primarily operates from the MarineLab campus, which is in Key Largo, FL.
Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Rustic Pathways maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 students. Additionally, each program maintains at least 2 primary program leaders, one male and one female.
Rustic Pathways uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for students is potable and safe to drink. We ask students to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.
Students are allowed to bring phones on their Rustic Pathways program, but must abide by our cell phone policy. Students will not be allowed to use their phones during group activities, nor at any other time where it is disruptive to the group dynamic. If students are unable to abide by this policy, disciplinary action may be taken.
The weather in Key Largo in the summer will be very warm. The highs will be in the 80s or 90s during the day, with lows in the 70s.
Students will stay on the MarineLab campus in dorm-style rooms. Linens and pillows will be provided.
The group will eat most meals in the MarineLab cafeteria
Flush toilets and hot showers will be available for the students to use.
Phone access will be available in the morning and at night. Students will not be allowed to have their cell phone during service and group activities.
Students are encouraged to follow the packing list provided on the website. Students should pack enough clothes for the duration of the trip.
The heat and humidity impact everyone and is the biggest issue that is faced by the students. Proper hydration is essential.
The group will be transported by staff throughout the duration of the program.
The students will be within 30 minutes of definitive healthcare throughout the trip.
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be traveling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the HX Global and Centers for Disease Control websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveler’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
HX Global is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways will have access to HX Global benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.
As a member you will have access to HX Global’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program. For more information please visit our HX Global webpage.
There is A-1 Urgent Care 3 miles from MarineLab and Mariners Hospital is 12 miles away.
Yes, we can cater to all dietary restrictions as long as we are notified in advance.
Students are encouraged to use bug spray while on the program to prevent the chance of mosquito/insect bites.
Personal gifts, internet, phone calls, and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included in the program price.
There are no community service hours eligible for this program.
Musical instruments are always appreciated if they can be easily carried. They can be left at the MarineLab Campus during the day.
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack is ideal.
A duffel, backpack or suitcase that fits all the items below is ideal
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
Here is where you’ll start and end your Floridian adventure!
MarineLab will be your home for the week.