Kayak Field Excursion
Get outdoors and learn! DPMMR's new Kayak Field Excursion program offers and in-depth and hands-on experience, exploring the ecology of the Florida Keys through the eyes of a scientist! Guided by one of our trained staff, guests will explore mangroves and sea grasses; gathering data in their own field notebook (provided); sketching, observing and identifying species; and learning about the local Florida ecosystem. After a preliminary, private classroom education session, providing background into the natural history of the Florida Keys, guests will be outfitted with life jacket, kayak, paddle, and field notebook, and will set off into the local ocean ecosystem with your guide. Guests can feed their curiosity and wanderlust with this half-day excursion and join DPMMR for an educational experience of a lifetime!
Program Requirements: Guests must be able to:
- Undergo strenuous activity for 1.5 hours
- Be tolerant of heat and sun exposure for 1.5 hours
- Be a proficient swimmer
- Understand and carry out instructions given by guide (must speak English)
Hours: 9:15am - 12:00pm or 1:15pm - 4:00pm (Tide dependent) Duration: Approximately 3 hours- the program is not timed in order to allow flexibility for kayaker experience and ability. Travel times to and from the field site will vary. Cost: $99.00 per person, 2 person minimum Ages: 7 -12 with adult, 13 & over without adult Note: Guests must call to book this program (just like the TFD & MBFD programs) due to staffing and tidal concerns for launching the kayaks.
Call (305) 453-4321 to book.
Rendezvous with a Dolphin
Have you ever dreamed of being kissed by a dolphin? Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder offers a program to make this dream a reality! Rendezvous with a Dolphin offers you the chance to meet one of our friendly Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), while you are comfortably kneeling on a floating platform. You may receive a fun and gentle kiss or a belly rub from a dolphin while our photographer captures the moment with a digital photo. Stop by DPMMR to complete your bucket list!
Hours: 10am, 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Session is not timed, as the trainers leave it up to the dolphins for how long it takes them to accomplish a set number of behaviors Cost: $59 per person Ages: Minimum 6 months with adult or 7 alone
Co-create a marine mammal masterpiece with one of our dolphins! Choose a palette of colors and interact with the dolphins while sitting comfortably atop a floating platform. Accompanied by one of our trainers, you’ll watch in awe as one of our dolphins paints a beautiful work of art just for you. Work with the trainer to lend a hand and marvel at the creative, curious and captivating intelligence of these amazing marine mammals.
Hours: 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 15-20 minutes Cost: $125 per person Ages: Minimum 6 months with adult or 7 alone
Caring for Dolphins Demo
Learn about our unique and gentle approach to keeping our dolphins healthy. Meet a DPMMR professional who will guide you through a live demonstration of an animal care (husbandry) session for a dolphin. You’ll observe lagoon-side and learn about the training steps involved to allow the dolphins to voluntarily participate in their own medical and preventative care. Behaviors such as ultrasounds, voluntary blood draws, tooth brushing, and hydrations will be demonstrated live, with each step described and explained. Guests are encouraged to bring questions!
Hours: 9:30am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 20 minutes Cost: $25 per person Ages: All ages welcome!
Dolphin Conservation Demo
Designed to help you appreciate the natural skill and ability of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, while you learn how YOU can help if you see a stranded whale or dolphin. Witness the speed, power, and finesse of our dolphins during this high-energy and exciting program. Featuring an educational briefing and live demonstration of interactions between our trainers and dolphins, this program revolves around an exercise session for the dolphins, highlighting the acrobatic behaviors dolphins naturally exhibit in the wild. This program focuses on local Florida Keys marine conservation and teaches guests how they can help local marine life. We believe the more you know about dolphins, the more you’ll want to protect our oceans.
Hours: 9:30am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 20 minutes Cost: $49 per person Ages: All ages welcome!
A modest admission fee lets you enjoy an educational briefing and observe our scheduled programs for the day.
Hours: Access pass is available from 9am - 12pm and from 1pm - 5pm Duration: Stay as long as we are open Cost: $15 per person Note: Children 6 years or younger are admitted free of charge into the DPMMR facility and must be accompanied by an adult.