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Rustic Pathways’ Young Explorers programs are for students ages 12 to 13 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.

With our No Anxiety Escrow Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
July 1 July 8 Available

Program Profile

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United States

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Miami International Airport where you will meet your team leaders and the rest of your group.
    Settle into the hotel and enjoy dinner with the group. Your leaders will share with you the plan for the week. Get excited!
    Head to bed early and get a good nights sleep for the busy week ahead!

     

  • Day 2

    Eat breakfast at the hotel and head to the beach for the morning. From here, you’ll hop in vans and head to Marine Lab in Key Largo, about an hour drive away. The afternoon will be spent learning about MarineLab, their work, and the various programs they offer.
    Enjoy dinner and relax before heading to bed.
  • Day 3

    Today will begin with a classroom session where you will learn about seagrass ecology. The day will also include an orientation to snorkeling. Get comfortable with your snorkeling gear as you perform a swim test and snorkel in the lagoon.
    In the afternoon you will head out on your first field trip to study seagrass and mangrove ecology.
    In the evening, eat dinner with your group and then participate in a water quality lab.
  • Day 4

    Today you’ll take another field trip where you’ll focus on coral reef ecology. During your lab you will learn about phytoplankton monitoring and zooplankton identification. In addition, your instructors will show you how to identify different reef fish with prep for surveys.
  • Day 5

    Today’s field trip is all about marine debris and coastal cleanup. In your lab you will be taught how to identify invertebrate(s). Tonight, participate in a nighttime snorkel to see firsthand nocturnal adaptions on the reef.
  • Day 6

    On this day you will participate in fish surveys on the reef to identify and count the different species for research. Learn about different sponges and their impact on coral reefs.

     

  • Day 7

    For the last field trip of the week you will head to the reef for snorkeling. Afterwards, grab a quick lunch and pack your bags to head back to Miami. Say goodbye to the MarineLab staff and hop in the vans. Back in the hotel, you’ll reflect on the week and what you’ve learned.
  • Day 8

    It’s time to head home. We hope you had an incredible week in the Florida Keys!

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

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.

For more information, email usa@rusticpathways.com

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    Miami, FL

    Here is where you’ll start and end your Floridian adventure!

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    MarineLab, Key Largo, FL

    MarineLab will be your home for the week.