Alli and Justin Shurr are the owners and guides of Shurr Adventures. They have lived and worked in the Everglades as guides/instructors for over 12 years. They have taught thousands of people about the Everglades ecosystems on their kayaking trips in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve. Justin and Alli are both certified Florida Master Naturalists. They have safely guided and instructed people of all ages and experience levels on how to kayak in the Everglades. Justin and Alli are the “real deal” when it comes to guiding. When they are not in the Everglades they have spent the off season guiding rafts and hikes in places such as Colorado, Montana, Smoky Mountain National Park (we offer camping trips on lake Fontana and fall foliage and spring wildflower hikes), West Virginia, North Carolina, Costa Rica, Catalina Island, Redwoods, and much more! In the Summers Alli and Justin own and operate kayaking, hiking, and photography Tours in Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons National Park. Justin and Alli have worked in the outdoor eco-adventure industry for over 15 years from ages to 5 to 85! They strive to make lasting memories for your family and create the vacation of a lifetime! Their small team of Justin, Alli, and Jason will use their expertise to en-”Shurr” guests feel welcome like they are paddling with friends! So what are you waiting for? Join them for a “Shurr” Adventure! Kayak the Everglades with Shurr Adventures!
The Shurr's Story
They met on the romantic and beautiful island of Catalina while working as marine science instructors....
Justin started his guiding career around 17 years ago as a raft guide in Tennessee. He got a bachelors degree in Geography and Photography at East Tennessee State University. In the summers he guided on Class V wild and scenic rivers in North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Colorado, and Costa Rica, until Alli and him opened up the Yellowstone National Park Tours(now they raft on their days off). He also taught outdoor education in the Redwoods, Michigan, Catalina Island, Costa Rica, and
Tennesee . Justin has been in Florida every year since an infant and at the age of 7 told his parents that he was going to move to Florida, when his parents asked what he was going to do for work he said ”catch lizards, look for birds and play outside” . Justin’s first extensive trip to the Everglades was on a Spring Break trip. He paddled the 99-mile wilderness waterway trail. This experience made him want to open a kayak outfitter company in Everglades National Park, but isn't until he met Alli and showed her the everglades where the dream became a reality.
Alli studied Ecology and Marine Science at Seattle University and worked as a naturalist for the Seattle Aquarium for over five years where she taught visitors and student groups about marine life and Seattle's surround areas. During the summers she worked as an interpretive naturalist on whale watching cruises and as a tide pool naturalist at local Seattle beaches for many years. She studied Tropical Marine Ecology in the Turks and Caicos Islands for three months diving and snorkeling for class. After she graduated college she continued working as an outdoor educator on Catalina Island where she met her husband Justin. On Catalina Island, she led snorkeling, sea kayaking, and hiking trips. Alli has taught and guided outdoors for the past 13 years all over the U.S. and in Costa Rica.
After Catalina they got into the car and drove to Colorado to work for the summer on the rivers in Colorado, after that summer 6 months after they met the two wed in true outdoor fashion on the beach of Lake Michigan in the fall. Alli hiked thru the woods with her parents to the wedding ceremony and Justin wore rafting gear over his wedding attire and paddled to meet his parents to shore as the walked him to meet his future wife/and business partner.
This photo is from 10 years ago with a 1994 geo prism with 220,ooo miles on it, credit card with zero percent for a year, 1,000 dollars in the bank, and a dream. Thank you to all clients for making this dream come true.***** FYI Yes we have a passenger van and trailer now:)
We look forward to paddling with you!