The CREW Land & Water Trust is committed to helping people understand and appreciate the natural world and the importance of healthy, functioning watersheds to the quality of life. We offer a variety of environmental education experiences for both children and adults.
We offer regular interpretive hikes and school trips for specific grade levels, but we will also design custom field experiences for school groups (public, private, and home school), college classes, businesses, leadership teams, civic groups, teachers, 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scouts, and any other group that wants to visit the CREW Trails for a fun and active environmental education experience. Our Education Coordinator, interns, and volunteers offer guided trips and presentations for all ages.
Funding from Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) helps allow us to continue and grow some of our on-going environmental education programs. The CHNEP mission is, ” Working together to protect the natural environment form Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. To learn more about the CHNEP click here: http://www.chnep.org/. To see some of previous grants awarded by the CHNEP look below:
- In 2002 a grant was awarded to purchase data collecting equipment for the Southwest Florida Amphibian Monitoring Project. The monitoring network has grown and is now in its 11th year with the first ten years of data being analyzed for publication soon.
- In 2004 the Trust received a grant for a traveling display with interactive activities to promote the importance of watersheds to water supply and quality, wildlife habitat and human recreation. The display has been used at schools, environmental education facilities, festivals and elsewhere throughout the greater Charlotte Harbor watershed to educate thousands of southwest Floridians.
- Through 2011-2013 the CREW Trust received three Public Outreach grants to establish and continue the Strolling Science Seminar series. The goals of these seminars are to provide in-depth scholarly information on wildlife and watershed topics to inspire participants to share with their community. We are in our fifth year of the SSS series and are now self-sustaining and fully funded.
- In 2016 The CREW Trust received a Public Outreach grant to expand environmental education programs to the Cypress Dome Trails through purchasing an education shed, and soil augers. We are now working to start our 2nd grade “Soil Rocks” program in 2016-2017.