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2023 Annual Meeting
June 6-9, 2023 - Tampa, FL

Field Tours & Socials

Field Tours

1) Florida Aquarium

Ranked one of the best aquariums in the U.S.! The Florida Aquarium provides habitat to a wide range of diverse aquatic and terrestrial animals and is focused on conservation and building awareness for these species.


Picture source: The Florida Aquarium

2) Hillsborough River Kayaking Excursion

The Hillsborough River is one of the largest rivers in the Tampa Bay region and has been the site of many restoration projects. Enjoy viewing native wildlife while kayaking along the river.


Picture source: USF Riverfront Park

3) 4G Wetlands

The 4G Wetlands is the world's largest constructed groundwater recharge wetland. This 176-acre site contains 15 wetland cells which recharges the Upper Floridian aquifer and supports the Tampa Bay region. It serves as an example of how to more sustainably manage freshwater resources and is a 6x award-winning project. 

4G Wetlands 1.jpg

Picture source: Jacobs

4) Tampa Bay Watch Eco Tour Boating Excursion

Tampa Bay Watch is dedicated to improving the health of Tampa Bay through community-focused restoration projects, education, and outreach. The Coastal Oyster Restoration Enhancement (CORE) program is focused on restoring lost oyster habitat in Tampa Bay through oyster reef creation, vertical oyster gardens, and oyster population monitoring.


Picture source: Tampa Bay Watch

5) Se7en Wetlands

The Se7en Wetlands is a 1,600 acre constructed wetland treatment system that provides tertiary treatment of the City of Lakeland's wastewater. Originally a phosphate mining site, the reclaimed Se7en Wetlands landscape is home to diverse plant and animal communities and has won 6 environmental water resources awards. 


Picture source: City of Lakeland

6) USF Botanical Garden

The USF Botanical Garden is a 16-acre plot of over 3,000 plants and natural habitats located on USF's campus. The botanical gardens support biological and environmental outreach and research and host several festivals every school year. The botanical gardens are the perfect spot for a fun and relaxing stroll through fruit trees from around the world, carnivorous plants, subtropical vegetation, native Floridian plant species, and more!

There is a $6 entrance fee payable on site. 


Picture source: Visit Tampa Bay

Field Tours Schedule

Friday, June 9, 2023

Field Trips

Various Locations (all meet at CWY and return to the same location).


8:00 am - 1:00 pm: Field Trips (see below for specific details for each trip)

Florida Aquarium Tour: 

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602


9 am: Depart to Aquarium (arrive at CWY by 8:30 am)

12 pm: Return to CWY

4G Wetlands Tour: 

22501 State Road 52, Land O Lakes, FL 34637


8:30 am: Depart to 4G Wetlands (arrive at CWY by 8:00 am)

12 pm: Return to CWY

Se7en Wetlands Tour: 

500 West Carter Road, Lakeland, FL 33813


8:30 am: Depart to Se7en Wetlands (arrive at CWY by 8:00 am)

12 pm: Return to CWY

Tampa Bay Watch Eco Boating Tour: 

7404 Picnic Island Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33616


8:30 am: Depart to Picnic Island (arrive at CWY by 8:00 am)

12 pm: Return to CWY

Hillsborough River Kayaking Tour:

6550 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33617


Group 1

8:15 am: Depart to Riverfront Park (arrive at CWY by 8:00 am)

10:30 am: Return to CWY

Group 2

10:45 am: Depart to Riverfront Park (arrive at CWY by 10:30 am)

1:00 pm: Return to CWY

There is an additional $10 fee to attend field trips on 6/9. To-go breakfast included.


Social Dinner at Columbia Cafe - Tampa Bay History Center 
June 6th (6:00-9:00pm)

Join us on Tuesday, 6/6 for an evening filled with all that Tampa has to offer to close Day 1 of the 2023 American Ecological Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Nestled next to the water in Tampa's downtown, the Columbia Cafe specializes in authentic Spanish-Cuban cuisine that celebrates Tampa's rich culture. Attendees are also able to view exhibits in the Tampa Bay History Center while enjoying delicious paella and sangria!


(Optional) Celebration at Coppertail Brewery | June 7th (6:00-9:00pm)

This event is not covered in conference fees and transportation is not provided.

(2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605)

Come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the HT Odum Center for Wetlands at the Coppertail Brewery!

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