Visiting CREW? For directions and information about the CREW Trails, click here.
The CREW Land and Water Trust is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the water resources and natural communities in and around the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW).
We carry out our mission statement by coordinating the land acquisition, land management, and public use of this 60,000-acre watershed in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District, which owns and manages the land, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, which monitors wildlife and hunting and provides law enforcement.
CREW is the largest intact watershed in southwest Florida, straddling Lee and Collier Counties. CREW’s majestic 5,000-acre sawgrass marsh is the headwaters for this 60,000-acre watershed, which includes Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located south of the Corkscrew Marsh.
What does this unique watershed do for Southwest Florida?
- rechargs the aquifer for our drinking water supply
- offers natural flood protection
- purifies water
- provides habitat for wildlife
- offers a beautiful space for public recreation
The CREW Trails are perfect places to visit all year round. Each season brings dramatic changes to the plants and animals due to variations in water levels. Come see baby alligators and pine lilies blooming during the fall, hawks and flycatchers nesting in the spring, the graceful swallow-tailed kites in summer and the dramatic red maples turn red winter.
The CREW Land & Water Trust provides guided walks for the public, environmental education programs for all ages, special events for members, teacher workshops, presentations to community groups and more. We love to share the CREW story and help others understand the importance of protecting places like the CREW lands.
WGCU Public Media produced two 30-minute documentaries about CREW and several short videos. Take a look at this short one called “What is CREW?”
Also take a look at this great Prezi about CREW created by FGCU students for a civic engagement project…