CTD 0487b -
Deering Estate at Cutler Bay- 16701 SW 72 Ave, Miami FL
Facilitated by Deering Estate Staff
6 hours of Professional Development Credit
(4 hour workshop, 2 hour post workshop)
Participants in this immersion will explore the natural and cultural
history of the Deering Estate at Cutler. It will include three (3)
components: a tour of the Richmond Cottage and Stone House, a short
hike on the Tekesta Trail, and a visit to the footpath that, near
the end of the nineteenth century, became the first Cutler Road.
Participants will learn about the first hotel between Coconut Grove
and Key West and the history of the settlers from around 1896
through 1927. They will visit the Cutler Burial Mound and learn
about the Tekesta – a Native American people who canoed the waters
of Biscayne Bay and hunted on the land known today as the Deering
Estate at Cutler. Lastly, they will hike through a lush forest of
tropical hardwood trees, globally endangered Pine Rocklands, and a
mangrove forest, revealing the surprising diversity of South
Participants will be expected to relate the workshop experience to their
academic disciplines and to draft a written proposal on ways to
incorporate concepts of ecological sustainability into their current
work or course objectives. Due within three weeks to the director of the
Earth Ethics Institute.
Lent is the senior naturalist at the Deering Estate. He graduated with a
degree in History from Florida Atlantic University in 1973. He has
worked in Everglades National Park as a naturalist at Shark Valley and
has been a naturalist with Miami-Dade Parks at the Deering Estate for
more than ten years.
Lent developed the very popular Mock Archeology Dig program for the
Estate as well as the Bird walk, Pine Rockland walk, Ethnobotany tour,
Tekesta Trail program and numerous other educational programs.
Lent is the lead naturalist in the eco-adventure programming at the
Estate and helped devise both of the Estate’s canoeing programs. He is
instrumental in the Deering Estate at Cutler training program and has
written training documents about the Tekesta Indians, the Hardwood
Hammock, Prohibition, and the Second Seminole War among many others.
Course Description and Objectives
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