Nonprofit & Field-trip
Connect to the Outdoors at VKOC
The Virginia Key Outdoor Center seeks to promote accessibility to the Outdoors. For that reason, VKOC offers discounted guided tour rates to registered 501(c)3 Nonprofits and Teachers (K-12) in the greater Miami area that are seeking to connect their constituents and students to the outdoors.
Coastal Ecological Kayak and Paddle Board Tour
Participants will be guided around the VKOC lagoon and given a historic and ecologic tour of the Lagoon and Island. If conditions permit, the group will then venture to the the North Point of the Island and explore a primitive beach only accessible by water. The participants will be educated on the importance of leaving no trace behind and the effects of plastic pollution in Biscayne Bay.
Kayak or Paddle Board Lesson & Lagoon Tour
Have your Participants learn how to kayak and paddle board! Our experienced instructors are here to help and give others the gift of paddling! We'll start off on land learning the basics and then put them into practice on the water. Once in the lagoon, they'll be guided around shallow and calm waters, see wildlife, and learn about the history of Virginia Key.
Guided Nature Hike and BioBlitz
Let's gather to discover the life which surrounds us. Birds, reptiles, plants, fish, and things we can't readily identify. Through this guided hike we bring the wilds of Florida to your phone or camera. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity.
Beach Take Over & Coastal Clean Up
Every year, hundreds of pounds of garbage wash up on the shores of Virginia Key. We will be taking a short hike to North Point Beach, where much of the debris that gets washed up on the shore is from the neighboring port, Fisher Island, and passing boat traffic. We have found things such as propellers, coolers, buoys, and even animal bones.