Manatee Defense Workshop 2012

Annual Manatee Defense Workshop & Eco-Adventure

Manatees are very curious

Respectful interaction with a manatee calf

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


Picture highlights from past Manatee Defense Workshops…

Beautiful manatee habitat, Crystal River FL

The beautiful manatees of Crystal River

Canoeing on the Rainbow River, FL

Private plantation houses; our accomodations

100's of acres to explore

Community Night!


For more pictures, visit our facebook page at:

Join us! Email Samantha Whitcraft at to reserve your spot.


One response to “Manatee Defense Workshop 2012

  1. Hello good day, have the dates for the Manatee Workshop been finalised?

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