Alumni Field Trips

8:30 am - 11:30 am April 8

Weedon Island Hike and Canoe Paddling Tour

Lead Tour Guide: Libby Carnahan MS ‘05, Florida Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County

Fee: $10

Meeting Location: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Tour Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Weedon Island Preserve is a 3,200 acre coastal preserve in northeast St. Petersburg. The preserve’s mission includes ecological and wildlife protection, public education and public access. On the tour you will visit the Cultural and Natural History Center, managed by UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, that serves as a public classroom and museum for marine science, archaeology, nature-based, and sustainability programs. You will also enjoy an interpretive hike on the boardwalk and a guided-canoe paddle through the mangrove tunnels.

This program is open to participants 10 years and older, some paddling experience required. Youth 10-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear closed-toed shoes that can get went, bring sun protection and a reusable water bottle.


USF Clam Bayou Preserve Education Center Tour and Kayak Paddle

Lead Tour Guide: Kara Radabaugh

Fee: $10

Meeting Location: 4240 35th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Tour Time: 8:30am-10:30am

Clam Bayou Preserve is a brackish water estuary in an urban setting. Clam Bayou is bordered by Gulfport to the west and the city of St. Petersburg to the east. While the bayou still faces management challenges, it is undeniably an environmental restoration success story. Today, visitors can experience from the shores of a city park, biking over it on the Skyway bike trail or paddling. On this tour, you will paddle the preserve and also visit the living classroom that is the USF Clam Bayou Education Center.

This tour is for adults and youth ages 10 and up. Some paddling experience required. Youth 10-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and a singed liability release is required for all paddleers. Limit 14 guests. Comfort measures you should bring for this fieldtrip are a refillable water bottle, hat, close-toed water shoes, sunscreen, light weight long sleeve shirt if prone to sunburn, towel, swim gear (optional), change of clothes, and a sense of paddling adventure.

Upham Beach Shoreline Stabilization Tour

Lead Tour Guides: Andy Squires MS ‘84 Coastal Resources Manager, Pinellas County and Beau Suthard MS ‘05 Client Program Manager, Coastal & Maritime Services, CB&I

Fee: $10

Meeting Location: Upham Beach, 6850 Beach Plaza, St. Pete Beach

Tour Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Pinellas County is defined in part by its beautiful barrier islands and their white sand beaches. However, the maintenance of our beaches comes with a cost. On this tour you will visit Upham Beach on the northernmost end of St. Petersburg Beach. On this field trip you will learn about economic, regulatory, and political factors associated to beach renourishment. You will learn about innovative technology that is being applied to the Upham Stabilization Project.

This program is open to all ages. Bring your beach gear if you want to stay and relax and see why Pinellas Beaches are some of the best in the country!

Canterbury Cup Catch and Release Tournament

Lead Tour Guides: Jenna LoDico MS ‘06 and Laura Fauver MS ‘05 science teachers at Canterbury School of Florida

Fee: $80 for adults and $25 for children (fundraiser, prizes, after party with food and beverages)

Meeting Location & Time: Register online here

Each year, the Canterbury Marine Studies department hosts a family friendly Catch-n-Release Fishing Tournament fundraiser to help support the Marine Studies program conservation efforts that benefit our local Tampa Bay environment some of which include marsh grass restoration, dolphin research, coastal cleanups, and sport fish stock enhancement. The tournament also includes an after party event with lunch and family friendly entertainment.

This event is open to all ages.


Proceeds from the USF College of Marine Science 50th will benefit the Dean's Innovation Fund (260033). Fund purpose: to create, sustain or grow innovative academic research programs within the college that directly impact the quality of the educational experience, the impact of the college’s research portfolio and the value of public, private partnerships.