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Published:November 13th, 2009 11:26 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Chris Kelley, Ripple Effect Ecotours, St. Augustine, Florida

Judyth Piazza chats with Chris Kelley, Ripple Effect Ecotours, St. Augustine, Florida

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Chris Kelley is the lead guide and owner of Ripple Effect Ecotours.  A life long obsession with the natural world began in the remote areas of  Baja, Mexico where he was introduced to off-grid, self-sufficient living in "La Frontera", the last frontier in North America. 

The abundance of marine life in the Sea of Cortez, in contrast to the stark Baja Desert, led Chris on a journey of the natural world exploring the the vast American landscape over the next decade by both land and sea. 

After two years exploring the Florida coastlines on their 34` sailboat, Rift, Chris and his wife settled into the quaint seaside town of St. Augustine, Florida because nowhere else had they encountered such an abundance of untouched natural beauty in the Sunshine State.  Chris attended college and  studied science and education with the pursuit of conservation.  He now teaches from a kayak!

In our continuing effort to provide the best eco-educational kayaking experiences in Northeast Florida, Ripple Effect Ecotours has now partnered with Marineland and the University of Florida`s Whitney Lab. This new partnership combines an incredible foundation in reaserch, education, conservation, and natural interpretation with unique access to the southern boundary of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR). This is the perfect central location to explore the Jordon and Mellon Island Sites that are part of Faver-Dykes State Park, The Princess Place Preseve, and the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve. This biologically rich area has been described as "the cornerstone behind the nomination of the Matanzas River as the 25th National Estuarine Research Reserve of the United States". This is where the Matanzas Inlet, one of the only natural inlets on the east coast of Florida, collides with one of the most pristine, undeveloped streams in Florida, The Pellicer Creek. We are excited to offer comprehensive ecological and cultural kayak tours in this beautiful coastal system. Tours are $50 per person and include admission into the Marineland Dolphin Conservation Center, guided tour, and photos taken by your naturalist guide! Don`t miss this opportunity to visit the dolphins of Marineland, including several calves born this past year, and also the chance to witness their natural habitat in the Matanzas River. All from the low-impact, unique perspective of a kayak!

http://rippleeffectecotours.com/

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