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Blue Spring Adventures

Name: Blue Spring Adventures
Location: Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, FL
Types of Tours: Kayak and canoe tours and rentals, boat tours, Segway tours, tubing

Stewardship: The team at Blue Spring Adventures prides themselves in researching information given out to the public and keeping up to date with manatee news. Handling large crowds of park visitors, they offer both personal guided tours and rentals that include a manatee-safe paddling orientation. Staff members assist Blue Spring State Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Save the Manatee Club in monitoring manatees for potential rescue situations. Blue Spring Adventures plans to support manatee conservation and stewardship in their first year as a certified Guardian Guide. 

Crystal River Watersports

Name: Crystal River Watersports
Location: Crystal River, Florida
Types of Tours: Snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and sightseeing.

Stewardship: Crystal River Watersports (CRWS) is proud to be one of the original members of the Guardian Guides program. In addition to seeking out expert training, CRWS staff volunteers to assist in the setting of manatee sanctuary lines, health assessments, and manatee rescues and releases. Previously, CRWS has made donations to Coastal Camp Citrus at the Marine Science Station in Crystal River so youth could attend a marine science summer camp. Since camps and school trips were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, CRWS donated over 300 books about manatees to elementary and middle school students. Manatee adoptions were provided for 5 classrooms as well.

Epic Paddle Adventures

Name: Epic Paddle Adventures
Location: Orlando, Florida
Types of Tours: Stand up paddle boarding at Blue Spring, Silver Springs, and Central Florida lakes

Stewardship: Epic Paddle Adventures has hosted multiple waterway cleanups and uses every stand up paddle boarding tour as an opportunity for cleaning trash out of our waterways. They make a point to educate guests that no matter how small the piece of trash removed, it can save the life of an innocent animal. They plan to host a cleanup event each quarter in 2021. In addition, Epic Paddle Adventures has also supported manatee conservation with their Yoga for Manatees event, raising funds to adopt four manatees from Save the Manatee Club.

Florida Kayaking Tours & Adventures

Name: Florida Kayaking Tours & Adventures
Location: Blue Spring, Merritt Island, Titusville, Melbourne, Cocoa, Springs Coast, Nature Coast, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka River
Types of Tours: Guided kayaking tours, guided state park hiking tours

Stewardship: Florida Kayaking Tours & Adventures is passionate about Florida nature and wildlife. Their kayaking tours consist of small intimate tour groups that are designed to give each and every guest an opportunity to explore and enjoy Florida nature and wildlife without overexploiting it. They especially want guests to learn about manatees’ habits, habitats and how they can help to protect them. They are looking forward to more stewardship opportunities during their first year as Guardian Guides.

Get Up and Go Kayaking

Name: Get Up and Go Kayaking – Weeki Wachee
Location: Weeki Wachee, Florida
Types of Tours: Guided kayaking tours

Stewardship: Get Up and Go Kayaking Weeki Wachee offers small-group clear kayak ecotours. Our team of guides are Florida Master Naturalists, educators, and locals who are passionate about conservation through education. The team enjoys volunteering for a local wildlife rescue, participating in citizen science opportunities like local horseshoe crab monitoring, and coastal clean-up events. The team looks forward to more stewardship opportunities during their first year as Guardian Guides.

Manatees in Paradise

Name: Manatees in Paradise
Location: Crystal River, Florida
Types of Tours: Snorkeling, pontoon boat scenic tours

Stewardship: Captains Stacy and Mike Dunn have been working to protect manatees for over 15 years. In addition to their education-focused tours, they have volunteered with government agencies and conservation organizations to help monitor sick or injured manatees, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute (formerly known as Sea to Shore Alliance). They have also assisted in hundreds of manatee rescues and releases.

SUP Englewood

Name: SUP Englewood
Location: Bill Coy Preserve, Englewood, FL
Types of Tours: Kayak and Paddle Board Tours

Stewardship: Nicole Killian, the owner of SUP Englewood is an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist. SUP Englewood is proud to promote conservation through educational ecotours. Each trip is a chance to teach our guests about southwest Florida's natural environment and the ways in which we can protect it. We believe there’s an ethical responsibility to keep our distance from marine mammals for their safety on the water. SUP Englewood coordinates water cleanups throughout the year.

Venture Outdoors

Name: Venture Outdoors
Location: Orlando, Florida
Types of Tours: Kayaking and hiking tours, kayak lessons, SUP lessons

Stewardship: Venture Outdoors is passionate about inspiring an appreciation and awareness for the importance of the conservation of the natural environment by sharing our love of nature with our guests. We see every kayak and hiking tour as an opportunity to clean up and leave the trail in a better place than we found it. All our tours are limited to only a small number of guests to provide a personalized experience without exploiting Florida's beautiful flora and fauna and to offer an eco-tourism solution with sustainability in mind. Our professionally trained guides focus on educating our guests in proper etiquette with the wildlife we encounter. To support the good works of Save the Manatee Club, Venture Outdoors has adopted the manatee Flash and is looking forward to further stewardship opportunities as part of the Guardian Guides program.


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