Miami in Miami Destinations

The Miami in Miami class of the FIU Honors College with Professor John William Bailly provides students with an immersive experience into the authentic culture and nature of Miami. Class meetings are off campus and students need to provide their own transportation. Generally admission fees are waived, but sometimes students may need to pay an admission fee.


Imani Woodin and Daniela Canizares in Coconut Grove (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

Miami: Coconut Grove Lecture Notes


Shalenah Ivey of the FIU Honors College holds a fossil at the Deering Estate (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Miami in Miami will complete an approximately five mile hike through several tropical ecosystems at the Deering Estate. The Deering Estate is a 460 acre park, with a large nature preserve. Students will have the opportunity to experience the nature of Miami in its pristine state. The group will hike through a Tropical Hardwood Hammock, slog (hiking through water) through a Mangrove Forest, hike through Pine Rocklands, slog in Cutler Creek, and enter a cave. The class will encounter a vast diversity of flora and fauna. These may include insects, an incredible array of birds, coyotes, beavers, crocodiles, tortoises, and snakes.
Miami: Deering Estate Lecture Notes


Oscar Roa and Carolina Echeverri Valle in Chicken Key (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

Miami in Miami will canoe one mile from the Deering Estate main park out to Chicken Key in Biscayne Bay and back to the Deering Estate. Chicken Key is an uninhabited island of great importance to the flora and fauna of Miami, including endangered species. The group will spend four hours on Chicken Key collecting marine debris/trash, picnicking, and swimming. There are no restroom facilities or other services. The class meeting will be on a deserted tropical island. The class will encounter a vast diversity of flora and fauna. These may include insects, an incredible array of birds, manatees, sharks, crocodiles, sea turtles, tortoises, and snakes.
Miami: Chicken Key Excursion Preparation
Miami: Biscayne Bay Lecture Notes


Fort Dallas in Miami (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Miami in Miami will walk through the historic core of Miami, engaging the beautiful and tragic of the history of the Magic City. The class will navigate approximately five miles of parks, alleys, bridges, and traffic to discover the hidden wonders of Miami. In addition, the class will trace the history of the land now known as Miami from 10,000 BCE to the present day in the HistoryMiami museum.
Miami: Downtown Miami Lecture Notes


Miami in Miami will do a deep dive into the heart of Everglades National Park. The class will complete a Slough Slog (a wet hike) into a Cypress Dome with a Park Ranger; students will be waist deep in the Everglades. The group will also walk on the boardwalk of the Anhinga Trail. The Everglades are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, “Everglades National Park is the largest designated sub-tropical wilderness reserve on the North American continent. Its juncture at the interface of temperate and sub-tropical America, fresh and brackish water, shallow bays and deeper coastal waters creates a complex of habitats supporting a high diversity of flora and fauna.” The class will encounter a vast diversity of flora and fauna. These may include insects, an incredible array of birds, deer, bears, alligators, and snakes.
Miami: Everglades Lecture Notes
Miami: Everglades Slog Preparation


Monica Perez of FIU on the Key Biscayne Lighthouse (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

Miami: Key Biscayne Lecture Notes


Miami: Overtown Lecture Notes


Miami in Miami will be introduced to the history of Miami Beach and its Art Deco architecture on a walking lecture. The class will walk approximately three miles from South Pointe Pier along Ocean Drive to Lincoln Road Mall.
Miami: South Beach Lecture Notes


Miami in Miami will visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, understanding the social and cultural transformation James Deering and Paul Chalfin initiated in Miami.
Miami: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Lecture Notes

John William Bailly  12 January 2023


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