About Latino Conservation Week
Latino Conservation Week: Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra is an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF). Latino Conservation Week was created to support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.
During this week, community, non-profit, faith-based, and government organizations and agencies hold events throughout the country. From hiking and camping to community roundtables and film screenings, these activities promote conservation efforts in their community, and provide an opportunity for Latinos to show their support for permanently protecting our land, water, and air.
This experience is facilitated by Outdoor Connections USA and the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. It is funded by the Hispanic Access Foundation. Thank you for all the sponsors and facilitators for making this possible!
About This Tour
Meet us on the water to connect and uncover what nature has for you here at Virginia Key!
Learn about the ecological and historical significance of the island on this 2-hour kayak and paddleboard Eco excursion. During our tour, participants will have the opportunity to encounter wildlife such as Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Manatees, Pelicans and Dolphins.
We launch from our tranquil lagoon. Guests will participate in an interpretive Eco Tour and learn about the history and ecology of Virginia Key.
Depending the conditions, guests will have the choice to snorkel at a rock piling where we have seen Sea Turtles, Lion Fish, and other sea life! If that spot is unavailable, participants can expect to snorkel around the grass bed and jetties. We have seen rays, different kinds of fish, eels, and sea turtles.
Participants MUST be 8 years old or older to participate. All Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
How To RSVP
This tour is 100% Free. Spots are VERY limited. You must RSVP by visiting: www.vkoc.net/lcw2022
Time And Place:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149.
Please arrive at least 20-minutes before your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.
- FREE parking for registered participants in the VKOC lot! Normally $8 at the Gate.
- Guided Tour
- Snorkel & Goggles
- Kayak or Paddle Board + Safety Equipment
- Souvenir photos (shared electronically)
- Private bathrooms and outdoor showers
- Parking in the VKOC lot
- Fun is FREE if you let it happen
Is This Tour Suitable for Beginners?
This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners. Conditions will determine the length and final route. Not recommended for first-time paddleboarding or kayaking. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.
A brief introduction to kayaking and paddle-boarding is given before departure. Participants must be comfortable with water.
This experience is a challenge by choice, meaning you are not required to get into the water to snorkel. It would be fun if you do though :-) We will be snorkeling in maximum 5-6 feet of water (if high tide)
Outdoor Connections USA and the Virginia Key Outdoor Center
Date & time:
July 23, 2022
The Virginia Key Outdoor Center