Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.

North Carolina Outward Bound School

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ncobs-logoFor over 50 years, NC Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has been delivering challenging outdoor adventure programs for people of all ages and walks of life. Every Outward Bound course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones while traveling in spectacular wilderness areas.

Although NCOBS began in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, it has since expanded to include course areas in:

Outer Banks, NC
Fakahatchee Preserve in the Western Everglades, FL
Central Rivers, FL
Ten Thousand Islands, FL
Patagonia, South America.

The distinction – training through rather than for the wilderness is at the essence of the Outward Bound dynamic. The sea, mountains and rivers provide training that no institute or university can offer. These landscapes, in tandem with Outward Bound principles, teach the hard, technical skills necessary for survival, but also teach the relevant skills necessary for life.

North Carolina Outward Bound School is a non-profit organization and is proud to be part of an national network of Outward Bound schools in the US and all over the world. Outward Bound entities collectively serve around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and has reached over seven million people in its 70-year history.

Visit NC Outward Bound School website to book your paddling adventure.

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Adventure Paddle Tours

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The East River Fakahatchee State Park kayak tour is the quintessential backcountry experience in South Florida. With zero development – other than the dirt road used to access the water – one will immediately understand the vastness of Florida’s largest state park. Adventure Paddle Tours guests will kayak through this never-ending maze of mangrove tunnels and backwater lakes and can expect to see the American alligator, numerous long-legged wading birds, osprey and of course all four species of mangroves.

This tour paddles through primarily brackish water, providing our guests with an amazing example of a well-preserved estuary. The numerous ponds and lakes connect to the Fakahatchee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico and act as a nursery for snook, tarpon, sharks and many more species. With strong paddlers this route can reach the Fakahatchee Bay, although most tours will stay tucked in the protected ponds and tunnels.

Guests will meet their guide at the East River canoe launch located 19 miles east of the intersection of Collier Blvd and state highway 41 in East Naples. This launch site is about 25 minutes from downtown Naples and Marco Island. For google maps enter “East River Park and Launch” Included in the price of this tour is our mandatory State Park entrance fee of $2 per person along with a 13% donation. These fees go directly to the Fakahatchee Park, not the State Park system umbrella, allowing us to not only experience an amazingly managed and well preserved park, but also allowing us to donate directly to our local park!

Visit Adventure Paddle Tours website to book your paddling adventure.

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Ivey House Everglades Kayak Adventures

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The Ivey House as we know it today was founded in the 1980’s.  The inn is open year round and offers 18 spacious, comfortable rooms surround by our beautifully landscaped, screened-in courtyard. The goal is meet our guests’ needs for lodging, guided eco-tours and boat rentals. The front desk area has a gift shop with a nice collection of books on the area and the history of the Everglades.

Everglades Kayak Adventures, located at the Ivey House offers amazing daily eco-paddling trips that explore unique areas of the subtropical Everglades habitat. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey as you safely glide through magical mangrove tunnels or cypress ponds flush with exotic wildlife like American alligators, osprey, and other uncommon birds.

Guided Ecotours

Every guided tour is led by one of our trained naturalists who’ll share favorite hidden places along with secrets and facts about the mysterious Everglades. Each guided adventure spans a 3 or 4-hour period and includes your canoe or kayak, personal flotation device, brief paddling orientation, transportation from the Ivey House to launch point, approximately 2 to 3 hours of paddle time, a snack, water, and return transportation.


If you’re longing to paddle the Everglades habitats but do not own your own boat, Everglades Adventures, is your home for canoe and kayak rentals in Everglades City. Rentals are available from November through April.

Group Events

Let us create an extraordinary event for your group in the beautiful heart of the largest subtropical wilderness in America!  Over the last thirty years, The Ivey House and Everglades Adventures have planned and provided remarkable events for corporations, schools, churches, and families. Whether your goal is team building, relaxation, education, or just fun and excitement, your group can expect the unexpected with the Ivey House and Everglades Adventures. Visit our website

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