Manatee Snorkel Encounter with Science Partners Bill and Merilee Clifton in Crystal River, FL.
When: Friday, January 15, 2016
Join Bill and Merilee Clifton – creationists, authors, Florida Master Naturalists, and science educators – as we focus on “Florida’s Gentle Giant” – the West Indian Manatee. Our destination is Citrus County, The Nature Coast. In the morning, outfitted with wetsuits, masks, snorkels, and fins, we will take a pontoon boat ride in search of manatees. When we find them, we’ll join them in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. During our manatee encounter, we’ll observe first-hand these sociable, endangered mammals. We’ll study them “up close and personal” in their natural habitat and discover what they look like, what they feel like, how they breathe, what they eat, and more! We’ll also learn what threatens the manatee’s survival and how we can help.
After our picnic lunch, we’ll head for Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. This 166-acre park, located at the headwater of the Homosassa River, is a showcase for native Florida wildlife. We’ll visit the Children’s Education Center and also see many examples of Florida wildlife, some endangered or threatened. We’ll take the “Wildlife Walk” through natural wildlife habitats, keeping an eye out for alligators, crocodiles, snakes, deer, Florida black bear, bobcats, otter, Florida panthers, manatees (underwater viewing), and a variety of birds including endangered whooping cranes.
We will meet at American Pro Diving Center, 821 SE US Hwy. 19, Crystal River 34429, between 7:45 and 8:00 AM. IF YOU ARE LATE, YOU WILL LITERALLY MISS THE BOAT! Our day as a group will end at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park around 3:30 PM.
Be sure to bring a picnic lunch. It’s always a good idea to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water, rain poncho, and camera. Creation resources will be available for purchase during our lunch time.
Cost includes pontoon boat ride, wetsuit/mask/snorkel/fin rental, gratuities for pontoon boat crew, and entrance to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.
Space is limited to the first 38 registrants (capacity for two boats)! A supervising adult must accompany (and swim with) all children. Students may not be left unattended on the boat. Minimum age is five years. Cost is $65 for snorkelers 5 – 12 years old and $70 for snorkelers 13 years and up.
Make your check payable to Science Partners and return with registration form below to 343 Allison Ave.,
Longwood, FL 32750.
Deadline for reservation is December 18, 2015. Late registrations may be accepted, space permitting and with dive shop’s approval.
Where: American Pro Diving Center
821 SE US Hwy. 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
Contact: Bill or Merilee Clifton
Who: Bill and Marilee Clifton