Now, if you still have a real interest in being closer to the swamplands, then the Corkscrew Swamp Walks are where you want to go. Moving beyond the safe boardwalk may seem daunting to even the most adventurous fellow, but this walk takes you deep into the Everglades. When we say deep we mean about 1.5 miles in and idea is to get your feet a little wet.
Bring your wellington boots, and possibly even a walking stick; and be prepared for at least 3 feet of water terrain. The walk covers topics such as the bald cypress trees, other rare plants such as the bromeliads, ferns and orchids, as well as all the wildlife that frequent the area.
Corkscrew offers many workshops and it’s where you can literally get your hands dirty learning a new skill or honing in on a new hobby. Here are the workshops on offer:
Lunch and Learn Workshop
For all science or nature related topics you want to hop on board the next Lunch and Learn Workshop, which are held occasionally throughout the year, mostly between November and April months. Corkscrew employs the expertise from local professionals who will enthrall and delight you with all they know, whilst you have some delicious lunch at the Tea Room Café. The Workshop is free to the public, so be sure to book your seat soon and well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Python Patrol Training Workshop
Whether you have a love for the cold blooded belly crawlers or freak out at the thought of them, the Python Patrol Training Workshop is a must do at Corkscrew. Learn how to identify the Burmese python, a regular inhabitant of the Everglades, and also how to deal with them in the most humane and safe manner. These workshops are free to the public but get pretty full, so book early to avoid being left off.
Corkscrew Swamp Meditation Sessions
While this may seem like an unusual pastime in the middle of the Everglades, the meditation sessions, held by the Spiritual Coach Bethany Gonzalez, are very popular. You won’t be seated in the middle of the Everglades, so no worries there. The amphitheatre, enveloped by the rich cypress forest, is where you will place your pillow and blanket, and be taken into a peaceful world of meditation. At $20 a class, be sure to book early and take part in this unique experience.
The Outdoor Macro Photography Workshop
Amazing things can be discovered from behind a camera lens. Book yourself on this eye-opening workshop and take a magical journey with professional photographer Mike Matthew. He will take you off the boardwalk path into the Everglades to get up close and personal with the natural habitat and wildlife. This is an experience not to be missed, no matter whether you are a professional or amateur photographer. The cost of the workshop is $150 and places fill up fast.
The Indoor Macro Photography Workshop
Mike Matthews, the in-house professional photographer at Corkscrew, will take you on a mind-boggling tour of about 10 types of frog, lizards and snakes. Be prepared to be wowed by the Red-eyed Tree Frog and many other species. You will have the opportunity to hone your photographic skills on all these reptiles and amphibians, including many different flowers and plants.
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is open daily from 7:00am to 5:30pm and their entry fees are very reasonable. Adults pay $14, full-time students $6, kids aged 6 to 18 years $4 and the under 6 year olds enter free.
In addition, tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days giving you plenty time to explore and learn.
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