Southern Florida National Parks

January 15-22, 2022

The southern tip of Florida, far from theme parks and tourist traps, provide ample opportunities to explore habitats and wildlife that are unlike anywhere else in the continental United States. Turquoise waters give way to white sandy beaches strewn with shells of all shapes and sizes. These beaches stretch for hundreds of miles along the gulf coast. Not far from the beaches lie amazing wilderness areas including swamps, forests and the lush Florida Everglades.

Today, twenty percent of the everglades remain protected by Everglades National Park and other state and federal properties in the region. This incomparable habitat provides a home for animals such as the American Alligator, Florida Manatee, American Flamingo, Roseate Spoonbill, Florida panther, countless shore birds and waterfowl, and many more. Florida is also home to numerous barrier islands including the world famous Florida Keys. These coastal islands not only help to protect the mainland during storms, but also are a haven for area wildlife. In the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, manatees and other sea life enjoy the calm waters as they search for food.

Trip Type: Outdoor Adventurer

(Trip brochure coming soon!)

Ecuador: Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest

February 2022

Together Hope College’s Global Travel Program and the ODC Explorer Network have created a spectacular “bucket list”  travel program that takes places over fourteen nights and includes visits to the Amazon rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, the historic city of Quito, and the Andean cloud forest in February of 2022.

The country of Ecuador provides endless opportunities for exploration and is a favorite destination for many people. There will be opportunities to explore the capital city of Quito sitting at more than 9,000 ft above sea level and its impressive 16th and 17th century Spanish-inspired churches and architecture. Though our program includes culture and history, no trip to Ecuador would be complete without taking in the wildlife. It is the most biodiverse country per square kilometer in the world. With 15% of the known species of birds in the world, the inconceivably immense Amazon rainforest, and the exceptionally unique wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago, your visit to Ecuador will be a trip you will not soon forget!

For more information on the trip you can contact Jamie Krupka at jamie@outdoordiscovery.org or check out Hope College’s Global Travel program site.

Trip Type: Outdoor Adventurer

2022 Ecuador Program Itinerary (PDF Download)

Isle Royale

June 2022

Isle Royale National Park is an amazingly wild island national park located within the boundaries of Michigan in Lake Superior. The park’s rugged features and stunning shoreline provide visitors with an immersive wilderness experience that is difficult to find in most locations. There are countless benefits to spending time in a wilderness setting and visiting this place will certainly help you get your “Vitamin N”. Isle Royale National Park is the perfect place for those seeking solitude and respite from our daily lives.

While in the park, we will be treated to an abundance of plant and animal life, including some rare plants that are typically found in arctic or Pacific NW regions, as well as a population of wolves and moose that have been studied for more than 50 years. Many of the islands 40 endangered plant species are arctic disjuncts such as pearlwort, eastern paintbrush, and yellow mountain saxifrage.

Trip Type: Outdoor Adventurer

(Trip Brochure coming soon!)