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Canterbury students join Tarpon Bay Explorers for paddling excursion

By Staff | Jul 24, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Canterbury School students and chaperones pose with Tarpon Bay Explorers’ kayak guide Mandy Hunt.

On July 19, students from the Canterbury School ventured out into Tarpon Bay to experience the vast fauna and winding mangrove forests the bay has to offer.

The group consisted of 16 students, ranging from fifth to eighth grad. For some, it was their first kayak excursion. The trip was led by Mandy Hunt, a guide with the Tarpon Bay Explorers.

“The trip made me reminisce on some trips I took in school growing up,” she said. “The kids would get excited about some of the smaller things like crabs or fish, so their enthusiasm was really refreshing.”

The students launched from the beach of Tarpon Bay and paddled just under a half mile to the entrance of Commodore Creek. Upon entering the trail, Hunt explained what wildlife to look for and where to look for it. The students were elated with the experience calling it amazing, fun and awesome.

“We love having the upcoming generation opt for outside experiences,” Adam Sauerland, program and education manager for Tarpon Bay Explorers, said. “Subjecting kids to experiences like these will only help areas like Tarpon Bay, ‘Ding’ and Southwest Florida keeps its natural beauty for decades to come.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Students from the Canterbury School launch into Tarpon Bay’s harbor.

Tarpon Bay Explorers is the official concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, providing low impact, recreational and educational activities for refuge visitors. A portion of its proceeds goes back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to benefit the national refuges nationwide.

For more information, visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com or call 239-472-8900.

PHOTO PROVIDED Tour guide Many Hunt teaches Canterbury School students the basics of kayaking before their excursion through Commodore Creek.