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Florida Keys


2020 Trip Dates- Spring Break - March 13-21

Get ready to kayak, snorkel, swim, and camp in the beautiful Florida Keys. This trip includes exploring near shore sea grass and soft coral environments by kayak with opportunities to snorkel directly off the boats. We will also do a boat/snorkel tour to an outer reef. Locations we will visit include Everglades National Park, the Lower Florida Keys and Bahia Honda State Park.

We will travel in 12-passenger vans with a maximum of 10 people in each van. The trip will depart on Friday, March 8th between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. We will camp in South Carolina on Friday and arrive at the first destination in Florida late evening on Saturday. The trip will return to WVU late on Saturday, March 16th.

Alcohol is not permitted during the trip due to safety and respect concerns.  Although showers are available at some sites, there will not be showers every day of the trip. 

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Trip Packet
Total Cost of Trip: $500

The cost includes: Camping fees, park entrance fees, transportation, trip gear, instructional fees, and food (road food dinners and 1 night at a restaurant is your responsibility).

(Extra money for eating out, road drinks, and souvenirs is recommended)

Locations:

https://fla-keys.com/lower-keys/

http://bahiahondapark.com/

https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park


Equipment

Due to the ever-changing weather and the variety of environments we will be traveling through, we must require everyone have certain equipment.  This is personal equipment that we  cannot supply.  One of the trip leaders must inspect it before the trip.  There is a specific list of gear attached to this packet.

Philosophy

The Outdoor Recreation trips program is focused on getting people outside to explore new places, gain skills, meet new people, and have fun.  Skills and safety instruction are an integral part of every trip so that risks can be decreased and participants can participate actively in the trip and can go on their own trips in the future.  Trips are offered to give WVU students, faculty, staff and their families a chance to gain experience in a variety of outdoor activities while exploring beautiful environments.

Risks

The staff at the WVU ORC is proud of their attention to risk management; however, we acknowledge that outdoor recreation/adventure activities have inherent risks associated with them.  We make every effort to mitigate these risks, however we cannot ensure participant safety or eliminate all risks.

Previous Experience

Experience in outdoor setting is not required.  All activities require low to medium physical ability and are beginner friendly.  No experience is necessary, although participants should expect to work at gaining proper skills for the activity.

Pre-trip Meetings

We are going to have a series of pre-trip meetings where we will discuss the skills and equipment needed in the outdoors.    The pre-trip meetings are mandatory for all participants.   This is to ensure that everyone is prepared.

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