When teachers incorporate hands-on activities into their curriculum, students can easily immerse themselves into the learning environment. As their classrooms turn into a swamp for the day, students embark on an educational journey to learn about animals and their habitats at Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park!
Located in Kenansville, Fla., just 45 minutes from Orlando, Wild Florida is home to more than 100 different species of native and exotic animals. Staying true to Florida’s foundation, Wild Florida sits on Lake Cypress, the headwaters of the Everglades. The land is preserved in order to provide a natural environment that is safe for both animals and visitors alike. The staff and trainers at Wild Florida present educational groups with a unique experience to observe and study alligators, snakes, zebras, foxes, birds, lemurs, sloths, and more. For educators who would like to take a step further into the wild, the “keeper for a day” experience is available, as an upgrade from regular airboat and park admission, which allows guests to prepare diets, feed the animals, and take part in training and enrichment activities with native and exotic animals!
“We created the Educational Programs at Wild Florida to spread awareness for the animals we care for and their habitats. The experiences we offer allow students the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, while studying the behavior of animals up-close and personal. We believe that educational efforts like these are crucial to the long-term survival of the beautiful wetlands we, along with all of our animals, call home. Students will learn about each species and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the trainers and our staff,” said Jordan Munns, owner of Wild Florida.
At Wild Florida, there is an adventure waiting to please, excite, and educate group visitors. Students and teachers are encouraged to plan their next field trip and participate in the many programs available, such as the 30-minute or one-hour Everglades tour, which takes guests on an airboat tour, grants admission into the wildlife park, and features a hands-on live gator demonstration. For those who cannot get enough of the swamp, the half-day Everglades package features a one-hour airboat tour, a hands-on live gator demonstration and free photo, a BBQ lunch tasty enough to satisfy a monstrous appetite, an alligator souvenir, and admission into the wildlife park. For the few that are not as adventurous, a Wildlife park-only safari tour is available, which offers guests general park admission, including the hands-on live gator demonstration and exotic animal show.
Wild Florida is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to host your next group outing.