|Capt. Charles Wright is a professional fishing guide, an outdoor writer, and a naturalist interpretive eco tour guide. He grew up in South Florida and the Keys, and has personally enjoyed Everglades National Park since 1972. Schooled as an Environmental Engineer, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, a Florida Master Naturalist and a US Coast Guard Captain, he left his environmental consulting business and moved to Everglades City after hurricane Andrew. He has been guiding professionally in Everglades National Park since 1997 and is the owner of Everglades Area Tours. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Everglades Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand, the Society for Ethical Ecotourism, the Florida Professional Paddlesports Association and on the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
Originally a fishing guide utilizing poling skiffs and center-console boats, his charters always had an educational component. It was not long before he began to use the stealth and accessibility of the kayak to get his clients to parts of the fishery that no others could access. The development of dedicated kayak transport boats and the desire and educate his guests about the Everglades, steered him to conducting educational-based tours in the kayaks and eventually to create Everglades Area Tours.
Everglades Area Tours is "dedicated to the experiential eco-education of students, families and travelers whether they are from Florida, the Americas or the World. It is only through education that we can help save what is left of the Everglades - while there is time."