Luxury hotel offers Everglades volunteer experience

April 8, 2009 | By | Comments (3)

Even luxury hotels are joining in. The Mandarian Oriental chain is offering guests at its Miami property a chance to help out in Everglades National Park

During a day trip (in a hybrid vehicle, natch) guests can participate in tree planting, recycling projects and exotic plant removal. After lunch, they can also explore walking trails and even wade through a swamp.  Although they better be careful – the park’s home to the endangered American crocodile.

(I once waded through the Fakahatchee State Park, near the Everglades. And every time my foot bumped into a root beneath the dark-tea-colored surface, I nearly jumped straight out of the water.)

But I'm sure no harm will come to a voluntourist. The package, which includes two nights at the hotel, starts at $698 from May 24, 2009 through September 30. Prices higher at other times of year.

Have you ever been on a volunteer vacation? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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    During a day trip (in a hybrid vehicle, natch) guests can participate in tree planting, recycling projects and exotic plant removal. After lunch, they can also explore walking trails and even wade through a swamp. Although they better be careful – the park’s home to the endangered American crocodile.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:23 am

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