EcoTour Provider Training Series - Providing Tours in Southwest Florida’s Protected Coastal Areas
-- With approximately 97 percent of Southwest Florida’s ocean-based economy coming from tourism and recreation, ecotour professionals serve as ambassadors of local natural areas. These ecotour professionals often rely on their knowledge of natural history to provide clients a memorable experience. In order to meet the growing educational needs of ecotour professionals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, is offering a series of field and classroom-based programs this summer. Back by popular demand, the Ecotour Provider Series promotes sustainable tourism practices by providing guides, naturalists and tour operators with information, tips and tools to minimize environmental impacts. It also imparts skills to provide more positive and scientifically accurate tour experiences. The primary course, “Providing Tours in Southwest Florida’s Protected Coastal Areas,” provides a one-hour overview of local protected areas from the perspective of those whose job it is to manage it. Learn why these areas are protected and how they are managed. Hear local history, stories and understand the biology and ecology of these treasured resources. Get to know the individuals who look after these special places.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113