New: Self-Guided Tour for the Cypress Dome Trails

Today November 6th 2014 a group of wonderful Florida Gulf Coast Students (FGCU) helped CREW Trust staff install number markers for the first self-guided tour for the Cypress Dome Trails. The FGCU students are currently taking Colloquium with Brenda Thomas (our wildflower expert). Their Service-learning project was to work with CREW Staff to upgrade and clean-up our hiking trails. We had a beautiful morning walking the 6 mile trail completing the yellow, green, and white loop.

Students posing for a picture in the swamp

The Cypress Dome Trails opened in 2008 and since then we have added benches, bird houses, short cuts, and now a numbered self-guided tour. The self-guided tour brochure was also created by a group of FGCU students for their Civic-engagement class. You do not have to do the numbers in order, just have fun reading the descriptions and observe.

Students Putting up a Trail Sign

Now visitors can download the self-guided tour map and brochure by scanning a QR code at the trail head or visiting this link before you hit the trails. Enjoy and discover the Cypress Dome Trails at your own pace.

*Give it a try and tell us what you think by commenting below.

Volunteer for Trail Clean Up Day – Nov. 5

Want to make a difference? Come on out to CREW for our annual Trail Clean Up Day on November 5, 2011 – 8:00!

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the CREW Trails for the winter/spring hiking season. Volunteers will weed whack, pull exotic plants, trim branches from trails, help install signs, remove debris, sweep boardwalk, repair signs and interpretive structures, pick up trash along Corkscrew Road, and more…

FGCU students can earn service-learning hours! Bring your forms with you….

We’ll organize into teams and divide up work. The CREW Trust will provide water and snacks.  Pre-registration is required so we can assign people to teams. To register, please call 239-657-2253 or email

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