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CHICAGO – Escape to the sunshine of the Bahamas and explore the islands like never before by joining Shedd Aquarium on its one-of-a-kind excursion to the Exuma Islands on May 22 through May 30. During this nine-day adventure, travelers work side-by-side with Shedd staff, to protect and understand the biology of the island through hands-on research, conservation activities, underwater clean-ups and reef surveys. Take part in Shedd’s iguana research with conservation field biologist, Chuck Knapp.
Between snorkeling, swimming and soaking in the sun, vacationers aboard the Shedd research vessel experience the beauty of the island waters and also learn about the importance of protecting its natural beauty. Seeking exciting adventure, travelers sail the waters of the Bahamas, while also working side-by-side with Shedd’s crew on the boat they sail on, indulging in island excursions and participating in research activities to learn about preserving the islands and their waters
“Shedd Aquarium is committed to its mission to connect people with the living world and our conservation adventure to the Exuma Islands is just one of the educational programs we offer to adults to exemplify our mission,” says Cheryl Mell, vice president of Conservation Education. “We’ve found that hands-on experiences create meaningful connections with wildlife and inspire people to take action. Shedd is excited to offer a rare opportunity for those seeking out these one-of-a-kind travel experiences to discover firsthand the importance of protecting the natural world, from Lake Michigan to the Caribbean.”
Along with the research and conservation activities, travelers are immersed in island life, experiencing the culture of the people and animals through daily island hikes and snorkeling. Shedd’s adventure to the Exuma Islands includes a pre-trip meeting on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to prepare travelers for the experience as well as a dinner event after the trip on June 4 at 6 p.m. to relive the vacation with fellow travelers. The trip is $2, 195 per adult or $2,095 per Shedd member. Adventure seekers can register by e-mailing [email protected].
“We are excited to offer an experience for eco-minded adventure seekers who are ready to see the Bahamas in a whole new way,” says Mell. “The Exuma Islands are extremely beautiful and complex which makes for a perfect spot to delve deeper into ecosystem studies all while having a little fun!”
Shedd is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays until Memorial Day. For more information, please call 312-939-2438 or visit www.sheddaquarium.org. For group sales information, please call 312-692-3333. Advance tickets on sale through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.