Enjoy a kayak trip and day of wildlife discovery along the Newman Branch Paddling Trail (click for trail map) out into eastern Tampa Bay. Along the way you can enjoy paddling through mangrove tunnels while watching mangrove crabs scurry up the tree trunks and listening to popping oysters. Watch as you cover the watery terrain as redfish and snook will scurry, mullet may jump, and stingrays and small sharks could be cruising the mudflats. A rolling manatee could stop by to take a breather. Spot wading birds and soaring ospreys searching for their next meal or perhaps find a roseate spoonbill perched in a mangrove. Anchor up and stretch your legs by the 50ft observation tower that overlooks the bay and paddling trail. Climb the tower for a birds-eye view of the growing and expanding Florida Conservation and Technology Center. Every day is different.
School kayaking field trips are free and should allow at least a 3 to 4 hour visit. Schools need to provide transportation. Minimum class size is 10 students and the maximum number of students on the water is 28. This excludes adult chaperones and instructors. The Suncoast, as part of the FYCCN, requires a 1:5 adult to youth ratio on the water for our kayaking adventures. We provide an introductory lesson to kayaking led by an American Canoe Association certified instructor, the kayaks, paddles, PFDs and safety equipment for an educational, fun and unforgettable experience in an outdoor classroom.