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 field trips are free, but you must provide the transportation to and from the Suncoast YCC. Minimum class size is 10 students and the maximum number of students in one day is 40. The Suncoast, as part of the FYCCN, requires a 1:10 adult to youth ratio for all land-based activities and a 1:5 adult to youth ratio for water based activities. We provide the instructors, lessons, necessary equipment and smiles for your memorable time here at SYCC. Please contact us with any questions and to book your field trip experience. Hurry, spaces fill up fast!