Freshwater Ecology Class Visit Florida

Lutheran High School Students Take a Winterim Trip to Florida
Posted on 01/09/2019
Florida Trip

Final blog from the Freshwater Ecology Winterim class trip to Crystal River, Florida  - January 15, 2019 - Written by: Carol Chartier

The freshwater ecology class comes to an end as we began our trek back to the snowy Kansas City today. We left the house bright and early to get a head start from traffic. On the way to Crystal River we stopped at Ruby Falls to see a famous underground freshwater waterfall. However, on the way back we are only stopping overnight at a hotel and heading straight for KC. We were fortunate enough to swim with manatees in the Three Sisters Springs and see these gentle giants in the wild. The next day we visited the Homosassa Springs state park to observe many of the native animals of Florida plus a hippo named Lu. My favorite activity we did was when we kayaked to a spot known as "the crack" and some us even took a dip in the mix of fresh and salt water. We held an alligator after stepping off from an airboat tour of swamp lands. We learned some history from visiting an archaeological site of Indian mounds. We finished our time in Florida by playing with migrant children while wearing our Thrivent shirts. Then spending some time for a fun walk on the beach. The hands on learning from this trip is really irreplaceable.

Thank you to all the parents, sponsors, and donors that made this hands-on learning trip possible for these students!  God bless!

Click to view pictures of the trip -  Freshwater Ecology Class

Additional Pictures - Ecology Trip #2

Click to view complete Blog from the trip - Ecology Daily Blog