Black Island, north of Lovers Key State Park. Please call for
Date and Time
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 239-463-3240 for more information and
to sign up. All trips last for about two hours.