Explore beyond the Symposium.

Sign up for a field trip below.

All field trips will take place Thursday, May 23, following Track 5.

Sign up by adding your name to the Google Sheet found below each trip. Please be respectful and do not remove other attendees’ names. The sheet includes space to add your contact information as well as carpooling information; please fill in these spaces by your name.

Cross Section of a Barrier Island

Explore the ecology of a Florida barrier island and visit dunes, marshes, oyster reefs and upland forest within the GTM Reserve.

This trip will meet at the GTM Visitor’s Center.

Learn more about the  Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Reserve.

Max attendees: 14 (Flexible)

Dune Ecology Walk

Join this excursion to the beach to learn about dune ecology and restoration. You will see natural dunes at the north GTM Research Reserve beach access and then travel south to view an experimental site that showcases current dune restoration efforts and research.

This trip will meet at the GTM Visitor’s Center

Learn more about the  Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Reserve.

Max attendees: 14 (Flexible)

By Land and By Water: Exploring the Guana River Marsh Aquatic Preserve

Learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula, as well as the natural biodiversity of the research reserve and current efforts to manage the estuary’s resources. The 1.1-mile hike follows the GTM Research Reserve’s Yellow Trail and will either lead to the Guana Dam or the Intracoastal Waterway for highlights of long-term marsh monitoring efforts along a marsh-mangrove transition zone.

Max attendees: 18 (Two groups of 9)

SOS: Saving Our Saltmarshes

Join us for a boat ride in St. Augustine’s scenic salt marshes to view upcoming restoration and resiliency projects.

This trip will meet at the Marina near Vilano Bridge.

Max attendees: 20

rocky coast with sandy beach and wavy sea

Dynamic Dunes Beach Walks

Come explore St. Johns County’s changing coastline, including a look back at recent hurricane damage and ongoing beach renourishment projects.

This trip will meet at the Hyatt and walk to the dune site (about 10 minutes).

Max attendees: 14 (Flexible)

Boating Tour of St. Augustine and Resiliency Projects

Join staff from the city of St. Augustine and National Park Service to view St. Augustine from the water. We will see and discuss numerous resiliency projects and enjoy the amazing waterfront at the Nation’s Oldest City.

Max attendees: 13

Guided Walking Tour of Downtown St. Augustine

Enjoy a walking tour of the Nation’s Oldest City to better understand its unique history and resilience efforts. Join resiliency and historic preservation staff from the city of St. Augustine to discuss ongoing projects.

This trip will begin at City Hall and the group will walk for approximately two hours, including a stop at the Castillo de San Marcos Monument as well as major resilience projects and features.

Max attendees: 30

Pints and Policy

No need for your Wellies for this field trip- the only thing that may get wet is your whistle. Law professor emeritus Tom Andersen will lead a small group of intrepid adventurers to a local watering hole to engage in the time-honored tradition of “crying in ‘yer beer.” Participants are invited to bring their tales of woe: Cases where it would have been easier and cheaper to permit a sea wall than a living shoreline, where filling a wetland to save it was met with disbelief and discourage, where sacrificing sea grass buffers for co-restoration was met with stiff resistance. Between sips, this group will engage in a loosely-structured discussion on policy obstacles and opportunities for nature-based solutions.

Max attendees: 14 (Flexible)

Independent Exploration

If none of these trips fit your fancy, check out this list of other ideas for your St. Augustine visit (no sign ups required!).


Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park


Lightner Museum


Anastasia State Park

Fort Mose Historic State Park

St. Augustine Aquarium

(Or you can hit the beach!)