Odyssey Earth is the largest and longest running educational film series in South Florida. Since we started in 1978, two generations of wildlife filmmakers have reached close to 2 million students in Miami-Dade County through live-narrated film presentations.
Our focus is on Florida’s natural habitats and ecosystems of regional interest such as the Caribbean and Central America. Odyssey Earth’s programming fosters a sense of adventure, wonder, and environmental responsibility while reinforcing science benchmarks in accordance with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine Standards. We consistently work with strategic partners such as the Everglades Foundation, The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks, The Florida Springs Institute, and Archbold Biological Station to communicate science that is accurate, current and relevant. South Florida is a beautiful, biodiverse place that is home to incredible ecosystems. We believe that environmental literacy is the key to keeping our subtropical paradise vibrant for generations to come.
In the late 1970’s, Rich Kern Sr. started his career as a wildlife filmmaker with the production of "Wildlife Adventures at Fisheating Creek." His film was ultimately accepted into the prestigious Audubon Lecture Series. The Kern family’s passion for photography and environmental education led to the inception of Encounters in Excellence, Inc. (Odyssey Earth). Today, son Richard S. Kern carries the torch, extending our mission to today's youth with fresh, compelling story-telling and the use of cutting-edge technology and production.
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