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Kayaking North Florida’s Sacred Springs & Rivers

Kayak along North Florida’s artesian springs and rivers, learning about sustainability, conservation and ecology from the locals who advocate to protect the crystal-clear waters.
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Program No. 23541RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,469
Florida

Kayaking North Florida’s Sacred Springs & Rivers

Kayak along North Florida’s artesian springs and rivers, learning about sustainability, conservation and ecology from the locals who advocate to protect the crystal-clear waters.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,469
Program No. 23541 RJ

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Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
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1,469
Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
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Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
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1,499
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
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Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2023
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1,599
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
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Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
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Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
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Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
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Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
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1,799
Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
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1,799
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
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1,829
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
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Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2023
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1,939
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
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1,939
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
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Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2023
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1,939
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
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Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
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Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
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1,939

At a Glance

The artesian springs of North Florida flow together to create a unique ecosystem and habitat for local wildlife — and their gentle, aqua-blue waters provide the perfect classroom for learning about this ecosystem and habitat by kayak! Find out about the threats that these springs (and the Floridian Aquifer that feeds them) face from human activity and how local activists like the Florida Springs Institute advocate to ensure clean water. As you paddle along the sparkling springs from Ichnetucknee to Ginnie Springs, learn about these environmental issues from local experts who are at the forefront of local conservation efforts.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Kayaking for several hours each day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Stroll through Sweetwater Wetland Park—named one of Florida’s best birding sites—and find out about Alachua County’s citizen-driven initiative to create clean water for the wetlands.
  • Take part in classroom lectures on topics from sustainability to ecology and cultural history of the area.
  • Enjoy kayaking excursions with Lars Andersen, a Gainesville native whose 20 years of knowledge and expertise are unmatched.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. Almost all rooms have one queen bed. Road Scholar roommate matches and request for two beds are unable to be accommodated with this program. A low single supplement is available.
Featured Expert
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Debbie Segal
Debbie Segal is an environmental scientist who has worked in the field of wetlands ecology, water quality, and wildlife for over 25 years. She helped design several constructed treatment wetlands, including Sweetwater Wetlands Park. An avid bird watcher, she serves as the newsletter editor and on the Board of Directors for the Alachua Audubon Society. She also volunteers for the Florida Springs Institute where she gives presentations on springs and aquifer protection.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Debbie Segal is an environmental scientist who has worked in the field of wetlands ecology, water quality, and wildlife for over 25 years. She helped design several constructed treatment wetlands, including Sweetwater Wetlands Park. An avid bird watcher, she serves as the newsletter editor and on the Board of Directors for the Alachua Audubon Society. She also volunteers for the Florida Springs Institute where she gives presentations on springs and aquifer protection.
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Anne Casella is a retired faculty from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida. She is an avid gardener and bird watcher and serves on the Conservation Committee of the Alachua Audubon Society. She is also a program reviewer and site visitor for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Whenever she is able, she travels widely to seek out new birds.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Cross Creek Cookery
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
First published in 1942, Cross Creek Cookery was compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the request of readers who wanted to recreate the luscious meals described in Cross Creek -- her famous memoir of life in a Florida hamlet. Lovers of old-fashioned, down-home cooking will treasure the recipes for Grits, Hush-Puppies, Florida Fried Fish, Orange Fluff, and Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie. For more adventuresome palates, there are such unusual dishes as Minorcan Gopher Stew, Coot Surprise, Alligator-Tail Steak, Mayhaw Jelly, and Chef Huston's Cream of Peanut Soup. Spiced with delightful anecdotes and lore, Cross Creek Cookery guides the reader through the rich culinary heritage of the deep tidal South with a loving regard for the rituals of cooking and eating. Anyone who longs for food -- and writing -- that warms the heart will find ample portions of both in this classic cookbook.
The Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. There has been a film and even a musical based on this story.
Paynes Prairie: The Great Savanna: A History and Guide
by Lars Anderson
This new paperback edition of Paynes Prairie still offers the sweeping history of the shallow-bowl basin in the middle of Florida, just south of Gainesville, but now adds a guide to outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in the state preserve there today, along with maps of trails for biking, hiking, and canoeing.
Gainesville (Images of America: Florida)
by Rob Hicks
Gainesville, Florida, has grown from a small agricultural community in the north-central part of the state to a thriving city. Many people have had a hand in Gainesville’s evolution. After befriending the Timucuan Indians, who had originally inhabited the region, the Spanish began recruiting other settlers to move to the area. Despite those valued contributions, however, the people who brought the railroad to Gainesville deserve the most credit for giving the town its start. Soon after tracks were laid through the city, small businesses sprouted and opportunities for new industries arose. The city’s population expanded along with its economic growth, and more people began to witness the unique potential of Gainesville. In 1905, the city became home to the University of Florida, and a rich educational heritage began. The university brought great attention to the town and subsequently made Gainesville one of the most important cities in the state and one of the most prominent educational epicenters in the South.
The Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation: An Illustrated History
by Karen Kirkman (Author), Kevin McCarthy (Contributor)
This is the first detailed history of one of the oldest houses in Alachua County, Florida: the Haile Homestead. Fully illustrated with many photographs, most of which were in private collections, this history deals with an important family in the county's history and brings the story of the house up to the present.





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