Meet the tour guides from Tour the Glades private Everglades tours. Our tour guides will make your private or group Everglades hiking, kayaking, birding tours; airboat & swamp buggy rides truly special.
Tod – Everglades Hiking & Overnight Tours
I’m Tod and I’m the owner of Tour The Glades – Private Wildlife Tours. I’m a native Floridian and I live here in the Everglades year-round with my family. Nature and the environment are my life’s passion and I bring that with me on every adventure. Florida history is also one of my passions and that seeps into my tours as well. I’m a member of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and continuously study the lives and culture of the Florida natives, early settlers and pioneers.
It was my early obsession with reptiles & amphibians that led me into the Florida Everglades as I caught snakes, lizards, and turtles to bring to school for show and tell. I was always trying to convince my friends to come with me to look for animals and explore the wilderness — .what we now call “Eco-Tourism!”
The Everglades is not a horrifying, scary place. It’s a beautiful, delicate environment that you must “get into” in order to truly appreciate. I’ve spent 30+ years exploring the Florida Everglades and I pass that knowledge & confidence on to my guests.
Rob – 10,000 Islands Motorboat Tours
Rob does our private guided motorboat tours. Rob is also a Florida native and was born in nearby Naples. When he’s not taking our guests out to the 10,000 Islands in search of Manatee and Dolphin, you’ll find him fishing. Rob is a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain. Prior to working with us he ran the 50-passenger tour boat at Everglades National Park and knows every little island, bay and sand bar from Cape Romano to Lost Mans River. Rob’s years of boating experience, extensive knowledge of the area and calm, cool demeanor makes him the perfect Captain.
Cody – Everglades Kayak & Hiking Tours
Cody leads our kayak and hiking tours and was born and raised right here in the Everglades. Cody and his family live among the ancient Calusa Indian mounds on Chokoloskee Island near the legendary Smallwood Trading Post. His family go back six generations and first arrived here in the mid 1800’s. Cody has been exploring the waterways and islands here since he was six and grew up with the Everglades & Big Cypress Preserve as his “back yard.” Cody is a true outdoorsman and has lots of great stories about his encounters with the willdlife here. Panthers, bears, pythons…he’s seen it all! His passion for the Everglades ecosystem combined with his calm, patient demeanor makes him an excellent guide.
Lashaun – Tour Coordinator
Lashaun was born and raised here with the Everglades as her backyard. Her great grandfather Cecil Oglesby was a locomotive conductor on “The Deuce,” which is on display at the Naples Museum.
Lashaun’s been on all our Everglades, so she knows firsthand what you’ll encounter. She also knows the folks at the hotels, restaurants and local business you’ll be visiting and can help you with whatever you’ll need. Lashaun is a combination of Pepper Potts, Wonder Woman (2017 version) and all 3 Charlie’s Angles wrapped up in one! She’s very diligent and can make anything happen!
Kalen – Everglades Kayak Tours
Kalen leads our kayak tours through the mangrove tunnels deep in the Big Cypress Swamp. year. His family is actually credited as being the first non-native settlers in this region of the Everglades. He’s a Daniels and you can read about his ancestors in the various history books and novels written about the Everglades. You can even visit the ancient Calusa shell island the Daniels first settled on…Fakahatchee Island. His tour is the perfect combination of wildlife encounters, history & fun……and your kids will think he’s super cool! Everyone in town knows Kalen because of his over the top personality. He’s totally connected and can tell you what to do and where to go while your visiting
Gwen – Office and Information Center
Gwen manages our Tour Office & Information Center here in Everglades City. She’s got local maps, waterproof charts and menus for all the local restaurants for anyone that stops by. She can also find you a place to stay for the night and get you on any of our tours! Our office is filled with artifacts, artwork and mysterious oddities discovered here in the Everglades…….some of which can be explained and some can’t. Definitely worth a visit when you’re in Everglades City. Gwen is a wealth of information, super friendly and can help you with whatever you need….just stop by and say hi!