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Wading Trips


Kelsey Lang
(239) 530-1003


Black Island, north of Lovers Key State Park. Please call for directions.

Dates and Times

  • Mon, Mar 20, 10 am
  • Mon, Apr 17, 10 am
  • Mon, May 15, 10 am


Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is hosting wading trips throughout the summer inviting visitors to discover first-hand why estuaries are known as "cradles of the ocean." The trips will be led by Environmental Specialists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve (EBAP).

Participants will take a refreshing journey into the waters of the bay, wading into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to find many of the plants and animals that call this estuary home. Dip nets and seine nets will be provided for participants to collect organisms such as fish, shrimp, crabs, and snails, which will be placed in buckets or magnifiers so that everyone can take a closer look, and learn how each living creature plays an important role in the ecosystem.

Participants will be required to wear closed toe shoes that can get wet, such as old tennis shoes or diving booties, and a swimsuit or shorts.

This trip is free of charge, but registration is required. Call EBAP at (239) 530-1003 for more information and to sign up. All trips last for about two hours.

Last updated: March 01, 2017

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