Central Rivers


Central Florida is home to some of the country’s most historic and biologically diverse waterways. It offers paddling on small, winding canoe trails as well as larger rivers and lakes, with camping in a variety of environments from hardwood hammock forests to barrier islands.

The Suwannee River, Ocklawaha River, and St John’s River offer hundreds of miles of paddling in some of the country’s most unspoiled wilderness. These rivers support a variety of ecosystems including freshwater springs, swamps, sandy beaches, hardwood hammocks trees, and salt marshes. Shaded by giant Cypress and Tupelo trees, these rivers support a variety of wildlife and have deep cultural histories. On Central Florida’s east coast, the Indian River Lagoon, which encompasses Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, is the most diverse estuary in North America. Nearly one third of the nation’s manatee population resides in this 156 mile-long waterway, along with an abundance of dolphins and other marine life.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all
- Helen Keller


During this journey, students will complete an extended canoe expedition. This course includes learning the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as portaging, orienteering, expedition planning, and Leave No Trace wilderness living. Participants will be paddling with a partner which means they must learn to work together and communicate effectively to navigate a variety of waterways such as lakes, rivers, and swamps.

COASTAL CANOEING: Students will learn the meaning of teamwork and communication as they work together to paddle their canoe to their destination each day.
NAVIGATION: Students will learn how to navigate their new environment with tide charts and maps.
CREW: Participants can expect to meet people from all over the country and even the world on course.
Wildlife: Traveling by canoe will give you plenty of opportunities to view all of the unique wildlife that these rivers have to offer.
INITIATIVES: In order to help the group build teamwork and communication skills, instructors will facilitate challenging and fun initiatives.
FOOD: With high levels of activity on our courses, carbohydrates are essential. Students can expect to eat things like: pasta, oatmeal, cheese, soup, beans, tortillas, tuna, hummus, trail mix, etc.

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