((ecko)) is a project of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida. We’re a non-profit collaboration of science-based environmental non-profit and governmental organizations. Proceeds from ((ecko)) support the environmental programs of the Council and it’s Members.

Many of our partner tour operators and organizations are Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (FL SEE) certified.  In fact, the Sarasota-Manatee area has more certified eco-destinations and guides than any other region of Florida AND we have the only two Platinum certified guides in the State!


FL SEE is a statewide certification program that encourages an awareness and stewardship of Florida's natural and cultural heritage by:

  • Endorsing compliance with federal, state, and local laws regarding the protection of natural resources and customer safety.
  • Providing environmental education and awareness which encourage behaviors that contribute to the sustainability of Florida's natural ecosystems and resources.
  • Promoting professionalism and integrity within the ecotourism industry by providing and maintaining a certification/recognition program for ecotour providers.


Thank you to our partners for attaining FL SEE certification and encouraging environmental stewardship in everything you do!

Photography By:

Alan McDonley
B Paul Patterson
Caroline McKeon
Cary Catts
Chris Thibaut
Craig ONeal
Daniel Oines
Diana Robinson
Dotty Motta
Dr. DeNo
Elizabeth Weller
Glen Hasting
Jeff Stvan
Jim Mullhaupt
John Ilko
Kai Schreiber
Lou Newman
Mary Lou Johnson
Mary Lundeberg
Matt Elsberry
Paige H
Rick Schwartz
Rob Hamilton
Rusty Chinnis
Tom Roback
Tom Thelby
Bradenton Area CVB
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
Florida Sea Grant
Friends of Myakka River State Park
Manatee County Parks & Nat Resources
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota County Water Resources
Sarasota Water Atlas
Save Our Seabirds
South Florida Museum
United States Geological Survey
Visit Sarasota County