Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is hosting wading trips throughout the summer inviting visitors to discover firsthand why estuaries are known as "cradles of the ocean." The trips are led by environmental specialists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.
Participants will take a refreshing journey into the waters of the bay, wading into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to find many of the plants and animals that call this estuary home. Dip nets and seine nets will be provided for participants to collect organisms such as fish, shrimp, crabs and snails, which will be placed in buckets or magnifiers so that everyone can take a closer look, and learn how each living creature plays an important role in the ecosystem.
Participants will be required to wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet, such as old tennis shoes or diving booties, and a swimsuit or shorts.
Wading trips last about two hours and are offered monthly at Black Island, north of Lovers Key State Park. Click the "register" button below for available dates.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.