The Worth of Water - South FL

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Everglades â–ª Key West â–ª South Beach, Miami â–ª Key Largo


Water wars. Water purity. Water rights. Water conservation. Waste water. Bottled water.
Tap water. Spring water. Creation stewardship. Sustainability.

Trip Highlights

Reef Snorkeling, â–ª Everglades Canoe, Bike, and Boat Trips

Key West â–ª South Beach, Miami â–ª Key Largo

Trip Overview

Water′s everywhere, but it is a precious commodity. Matters related to water have become contentious for many communities and nations, particularly in reference to purity, access, and sustainability of resources. In this interdisciplinary course, we will use case studies and lab experiments to explore key water-related issues. A key component of this course is a trip to South Florida and the Keys to examine a unique set of problems and how communities are dealing with them.

Meets on campus for 12 days, plus travel for 10 days to South Florida, all in the May term

Trip cost: $1,300 (includes transportation, lodging, and activities)

Credit: Non-Lab Science or HUM 304

For more information contact:
Dr. Rodney Austin or Dr. Jeffrey Cole

Become a better steward of creation. Become a more informed citizen. Become a more astute consumer.

The Details

Trip Dates
May 22-31, 2014

Class Registration
Register for HUM 304 (3 credits) or CHM 170 (4 credits) for May 2014. Class meets on Mondays, 1-5 PM. All students will complete the coursework for both courses, but have the option of signing up for either course.


Day 1: Flight: Pittsburgh to Florida; Drive to Everglades City

Day 2: Everglades boat tour & talk with a National Park Service Ranger

Day 3: Tampa Desalination Plant tour

Day 4: ECHO Farm tour; Shark Valley bike tour; Drive to Key Largo

Day 5: Morning off; Afternoon: John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park

Day 6: Morning: Snorkeling; Afternoon: free

Day 7: Homestead: Everglades canoe tour

Day 8: Key West: Tour and speaker concerning local septic tank issue

Day 9: South Beach visit to understand historic development of Florida

Day 10: Return to Pittsburgh


The cost of the trip ($1,300) is not included in your May tuition. This includes airfare, ground transportation in Florida, admission to all sites and activities, and accommodations. Students are responsible for class materials, food, and items of a personal nature.

Non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by November 30. First Half of the balance ($600) is due by December 14. The remaining balance ($600) is due by January 14. Please make the deposit and payments at the business office (account #67312).

Scholarships & Financial Aid

No special scholarships are available through Geneva College for the trip and financial aid depends upon each student′s situation. For more information, contact the Geneva College Financial Aid Office.