2020 Fieldtrip

 Kayak EcoTour of Simpson Creek and its marshes

A naturalist-led tour with Kayak Amelia

Leaders: Kayak Amelia naturalists

Day: Thursday

Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM

End Time at Site: 1:00 PM

Difficulty: Moderate

Lunch Included? No

Handicap Access: No

Cost: $65; bring your own kayak-$50

Northeast Florida offers thousands of acres of tranquil inland marshes, and secluded sandy beaches to explore on one of our guided kayak Eco Tour. All guided kayak tours are beginner friendly and are planned with the tide, to ensure a fun, safe, and relaxing adventure. Average tours are 3 hours long - pre-trip instruction first, then about 2 hours of paddling with a break mid trip for a snack (and swim on most tours). Professional naturalists and guides from Kayak Amelia guarantee to dazzle you with their charming personalities, extensive knowledge of the ecosystem, and stories of local history.

Simpson Creek is a tidal river that runs between Big Talbot and Little Talbot Island State Parks, part of the greater Timucuan Preserve Estuary. On our tour we wiill paddle through Fort George estuary, a series of tributaries that wind through the Spartina alterniflora dominated saltmarsh, creating what looks like the arteries of the land. You will feel the culture and hearing the stories of struggles and triumphs of the humans that inhabited this area. With over 5,000 years of history, this land echoes the tales of the Timucuan Indians and French Huguenots that once inhabited this landscape. Sit back, relax and allow the sounds of the estuary sooth your senses.

Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus asperifolia) on Big Talbot Island adjacent to Simpson Creek. Photo by Eric Powell CC BY-NC 4.0