Nature’s Peace at CREW is an award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons who are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail.
The Nature’s Peace program consists of a picturesque guided stroll over a boardwalk that overlooks a magnificent swamp habitat and frequently produces memorable encounters with butterflies, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. CREW Trust staff and volunteers stimulate the participant’s senses of touch, smell, and hearing by locating and identifying the many forms of Nature that live around every corner. The accompanying caretakers get a brief respite from their daily duties of patient care while enjoying their loved one’s interaction with nature.
The Nature’s Peace stroll is held each month, November through April. The stroll is relatively short. Participants must be physically capable of standing and walking about 0.7 of a mile over a period of 90 minutes. The program is free thanks to the contributions of the CREW Trust members.
Registration is required.
For Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, register through the Alzheimer’s Support Network (239) 262-8388.
For visually impaired persons and their caregivers, register through Lighthouse of Collier (239) 430-3934.
Nature’s Peace at CREW received the 2013 Paradise Coast/Collier County Tourism Star Award for “Best Innovative Idea”.
Just in case you missed Laura Tichy-Smith’s great article on CREW Field Trips, here is what you need to know. The article titled “Field Trip” was released October 25th, 2015 in The News-Press Coastal Life.
Andrew West, accomplished photo-journalist with the Fort Myers News-Press, publishes weekly online videos which represent his views of southwest Florida and his experiences photographing for a variety of news stories.
This week Andrew has created a spectacular video about his experience with high waters and a snake at CREW. His photography is stunning and his narration speaks to the magic that is CREW. Be sure to take a few minutes to watch this fabulous piece “Andrew’s View: High Waters and a Snake” from the News-Press website. It’s worth it!
The CREW Land & Water Trust’s environmental education specialist, Deb Hanson, went for a rainy season walk through the White loop at the CREW Cypress Dome Trails last week with news-Press reporter Chad Gillis and photographer Andrew West. Today, the News-Press published the article about rainfall in southwest Florida, and Deb is featured on the front page of the print paper and on a video here on the News-Press website. Nice to see CREW in the newspaper. Thanks to Chad and Andrew for both the fun walk and the great spread in the paper!