Eco-Educational Outings

Explore the Apalachicola River region with us. Our staff and volunteer-led eco-educational outings are fun and memorable.  We hike in the spring and fall and kayak year round. Group size is limited and registration is required. Trips are donation based and your donation supports core education programs. Schedule subject to change based on river and weather conditions.

Upcoming Eco-Educational Outings


February 18th – Garden of Eden Trail: Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines

Join us as we explore the unique bluffs and ravines ecosystem along the Apalachicola River! We’ll hike the the Garden of Eden tail, a 4.2 mile trail that winds its way through sandy bottom streams and up to sweeping views of the Apalachicola. Please note that this trail can be quite challenging, with very steep inclines and slopes. Be prepared to gain and lose more elevation on this trail than most in Florida. Register to hike with us here. Want to learn more about the Garden of Eden trail? Check out this great blog by Apalachicola Riverkeeper volunteer John Alber.


March 17th – Ocheesee Pond Paddle

Paddle the 5.2 mile loop around Ocheesee Pond with us! The loop winds through an impressive cypress swamp, often full of birds and other wildlife. We have a limited number of loaner kayaks – if you need a boat, let us know as soon as you register so we can reserve one for you.

This trip is currently full. Please reach out to Dani ([email protected]) to be put on the wait list. Thank you!


Our skilled volunteer and staff eco-outings leaders enjoy keeping people safe and having fun. Wearing life jackets is required for paddling trips and Florida law requires each kayaker to have a whistle within reach. A limited number of loaner kayaks are available for paddling trips. Paddlers and hikers need to bring: water; snacks/lunch; sunscreen; and hat. Paddlers, please wear clothing that won’t weigh you down if it gets wet. Synthetics like nylon blends are best. No jeans or boots.

 Registration closes Thursdays prior to trip. Outings are limited and registration is required. Meet-up details are emailed to registrants the week of the trip.

Check out the Apalachicola Basin Trail Guide for a full scope of non-motorized trails in the region.


Thank you Explore Northwest Florida for supporting our Eco-Educational Outings Program!




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