Annual Manatee Defense Workshop & Eco-Adventure
For an excellent overview of this workshop, our philosophy on eco-tourism and manatee conservation, please see the article “Beautiful Sirens: The Lure of Florida’s Manatees and the Reality of Eco-Tourism” in Living Green Magazine. This is the ORIGINAL manatee workshop, operating in the area, yearly, since 2009.
Where: Renovated, private old-Florida plantation, Inverness FL and Crystal River, FL
Dates: Late January to early February (specific dates TBD)
Leader: Samantha Whitcraft, Director – The Selkie Society and Harvard-trained conservation biologist
Staff: Professional photographer, boat captain, and vegetarian cook
Speakers: Local advocates, manatee rescue volunteers and biologists
Attendees: This workshop is designed for adults and children 8+ years old who want to learn about how to combine field work and respectful wildlife interactions with community advocacy for wildlife. The only requirements are the ability to swim and a sense of adventure. This will be a small, intimate group of 12 maximum.
(Thurs) Day 1: PM – Arrive at our private plantation, orientation, vegetarian dinner; optional nature walk on the extensive grounds and to the lake.
(Fri) Day 2: AM – Snorkel with manatees, Crystal River; PM – vegetarian dinner and seminar “What is responsible Eco-tourism?” by Samantha Whitcraft
(Sat) Day 3: AM – Snorkel with manatees and data collection, Crystal River; PM – vegetarian dinner and Community Night Party with local advocates, wildlife biologist, and citizens.
(Sun) Day 4: AM/PM – Homosassa Springs State Park – manatee rescue/rehab or canoe trip on the beautiful Rainbow River; PM – vegetarian dinner and optional, night-time, guided nature walk.
(Mon) Day 5: AM- Workshop summary and departures
Cost: $850 pp double occupancy includes all vegetarian meals, accommodations, boat(s) and park fees. $600 pp double occupancy for college students; $500 for high school students. [class projects/extra credit welcome]
(Does not include beer/wine, snorkel equipment or airfare/airport transfers)
**A percentage of profits goes to fund marine conservation and community education-outreach in South Florida.
For more information and to reserve a spot please contact Samantha Whitcraft at Tropical.Selkie@gmail.com
Picture highlights from past Manatee Defense Workshops…
For more pictures, visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TropicalSelkie
Join us! Email Samantha Whitcraft at Tropical.Selkie@gmail.com to reserve your spot.