Thursday, May 13, 2010

Master Naturalist Field Trip to the Keys

Dear Master Naturalists,

The St. Lucie County Master Naturalist Chapter is extending an invitation to Florida Master Naturalists interested in snorkeling in the beautiful Florida Keys with our current Coastal module students and Instructors.

The trip will take place out of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park at 8:00am on Saturday, June 5th. The cost is $26 (non-refundable) per person. Sleeping accommodations are not included in this cost. Hotel/camping arrangements must be made and paid for separately by each person. I recommend you do this as soon as possible. The number of nights you stay is up to you, but because our snorkel tour is early Saturday morning, I recommend at least a Friday night stay. The state park has a camping area: 47 full-facility sites for both tent and RV campers are available. Restrooms and hot showers are easily accessible. Call 1-800-326-3521.


To register, please contact Ken Gioeli, Extension Agent & East Central Florida Master Naturalist Facilitator, at (772) 462-1660. Payments are due upon registration and are non-refundable. Please make checks to SLC Extension Advisory Committee.

Where & When to Meet:

We will meet in the John Pennekamp State Park concession area NO LATER THAN 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 5th. Entrance fee to the park has been waived for our group. Tell the ranger at the entrance that you are with the Florida Master Naturalist Group from Savannas Preserve State Park in St. Lucie County.


Master Naturalist Instructors: Ken Gioeli & Wren Underwood

Master Naturalist Assistant Instructors: Lesley Vincent-Ryder & Amanda Thompson


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037‎
(305) 451-1202‎

What to Bring: Mask and Snorkel, Fins, Towel, Sunscreen, Change of clothes, WATER

Hotels: Key Largo hotels are listed first. Florida City hotels may be cheaper.

Holiday Inn Key Largo‎ - 99701 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-2121‎

Bayside Inn Key Largo‎ - 99490 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-4450‎

Marina del Mar Key Largo‎ - 527 Caribbean Drive, Key Largo, FL‎ - (866) 552-8876‎

Key Largo Undersea Park‎ - 51 Shoreland Drive, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-2353‎

Key Largo Inn‎ - 99202 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL‎ - (877) 747-8713‎

Ramada Limited Key Largo‎ - 99751 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL‎ - (866) 889-7218‎

Key West Inn‎ - 201 Ocean Drive, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-5081‎

Largo Lodge Motel‎ - 101740 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-0424‎

Sunset Cove Beach Resort‎ - 99360 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-0705‎

Hampton Inn Key Largo, FL‎ - 102400 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL‎ - (305) 451-1400‎

Thank you,
Ken Gioeli, M.Ag.
Extension Agent III / Natural Resources
University of Florida / IFAS
Saint Lucie County Cooperative Extension
8400 Picos Road, Ste 101
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
(772) 462-1660
fax (772) 462-1510

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