Optional Field Trips

This year’s conference features an optional pre and post conference field trip. Due to the interactive nature of these trips, attendance is limited and advance registration is required.

Registration for the trips will close on November 7th or once the limit is reached. You may sign up for one or both trips through the conference registration form.

Pre-Conference Field Trip


Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Hike

Monday, December 5, 2016 | 12:30pm – 5:30pm


Visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula as well as the natural biodiversity during a guided hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like, and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Duration of hike is approximately 2 hours. Lunch is not provided, but snacks and bottled water will be.

Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and dress in layers in case you get hot. A hat, sunglasses, water, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. This tour is rain or shine, so be prepared to bring rain gear if necessary.

Trip capacity: 25

Click here to view the GTMNERR website

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Post-Conference Field Trip


Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens Guided Walking Tour

Friday, December 9, 2016 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Guided walking tour to learn about the unique site history, conservation and restoration activities, and the thirteen distinct North Florida ecosystems within its boundaries. Habitat types include: fresh water and tidal marshes, upland hardwood forest, pine flatwoods and dry prairie, bottomland forest and live oak hammock. Tour consists of a 2-3 mile walking loop and could last up to 3 hours. Lunch is not provided, but snacks and bottled water will be.

Attire and shoes appropriate for the woods are required. A hat, sunglasses, water, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Trip capacity: 50

Click here to view the Jacksonville Arboretum website

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PLEASE NOTE: If an insufficient number of registrants sign up, field trips are subject to cancellation. If the trip is cancelled, you will receive a 100% refund.

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