Swamp Heritage Festival this Weekend!

Join Bigbig cypress flyer (1) Cypress on December 5, 2015, from 10:30 to 4:00 pm, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center (33000 Tamiami Trail East Ochopee, Florida 34141) as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the FIFTH annual Swamp Heritage Festival!

Learn about the history of this rugged, yet beautiful environment through park rangers, volunteers, local experts and residents that will share their love of the swamp through programs, activities, and thought-provoking presentations.

This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the inhabitants of early South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today’s unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present.

To learn more about the event, or see the full article visit: http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/swampheritagefestival.htm

2015 Southwest Florida Travel Rally

Join us at the 2015 Southwest Florida
Travel Rally in celebration of National
Travel & Tourism Week!

SWFL rally

All tourism businesses, hospitality employees, and local residents are invited to attend. Tourism partners, bring your staff to represent your company! Employees, bring your families, too, as there will be lots to do for children and adults. CREW Land & Water Trust donated a free private hike with their Environmental Education Specialist Jessi Drummond for a lucky prize winner. 

RSVP that you are attending: LeeVCB@leegov.com.
We will email you an admission and parking ticket.
You must have an admission ticket to be eligible for
prize drawings.
For more information, call Visitor Services
at 239.590.4855 or visit Leevcb.com
Join us at the 2015 Southwest Florida

Kids Luggage Lug, Bellman’s Race, Waiters Race for
the Gold, and Make that Bed! Hotels, Attractions, and
Restaurants—have fun with your hospitality friends!
Contact: sbehr@leegov.com

Tourism businesses, sports groups, special exhibits
and more!
Contact: ccocco@leegov.com

Face painting, magic, cuddly critters, Railroad
Museum of South Florida miniature train rides,
and more.


For more information please click on the flyers below:

Travel Rally Flyer

Travel Rally flyer in Spanish

CREW Guided Walks Begin in November

Bird Rookery Swamp TrailIt’s been a long, hot summer, but the cool fronts are moving through and the rains are getting scarce, and that means it’s time for us to crank up our regular Guided Walks at the CREW Trails. Starting in November – and running through April – regular guided walks will be held at the CREW Marsh Trails (led by Dr. David Cooper) and at Bird Rookery Swamp (led by George Luther, Bob Melin,  Chrissy Podos, and Jack Shine). This year, we’re adding a third “regular” walk at the CREW Cypress Dome Trails (led by Dick Brewer). Guided walks include some history of CREW and interpretation of the natural world found at each site.

Each trail is unique and each walk leader has his/her own special talents and stories to share. Come on out for one or all three. These CREW walks are free, but pre-registration is highly recommended since they often fill up, and registered participants get first dibs on space.

CREW Marsh Trail Walks with Dr. David Cooper
1st and 3rd Tuesdays and 2nd Saturdays (November – April)
9:00 AM – noon
Get more info and register here: http://2015crewmarshwalks.eventbrite.com
Bird Rookery Swamp Trail Walks
with George Luther & Bob Melin
Wednesdays (9 – 11:30 AM) – November through April
1st Sundays (1:30 – 4 PM) – November through April
4th Saturdays (9 – 11:30 AM) – November through August
with Chrissy Podos
1st and 4th Thursdays (9 – 11:30 AM) – February and March
with Jack Shine
2nd and 3rd Thursdays (9 – 11:30 AM) – February and March
Get more info and register here for all BRS walks: https://crewbrs2015.eventbrite.com
CREW Cypress Dome Trail Walks with Dick Brewer
3rd Fridays (November – March)
9:00 AM – noon
Get more info and register here: http://2015crewcdtwalks.eventbrite.com
CREW Marsh boardwalk
CREW Marsh boardwalk

Happy Trails – see you out there!



Sneak Peek: CREW Fall Schedule of Events

Sunflowers at Cypress Dome Trails

Fall is right around the corner and that means cooler weather (we hope) and more trail activity, including visitors and school groups coming to CREW to learn and play. We’ve got some fabulous programs planned for you this year. Here’s a sneak peek at our fall schedule. For full details and/or to register for CREW programs, check out our list of events on Eventbrite (or use the calendar on the CREW homepage to scroll through the months and see what’s coming).

September 2014

  • September 24 – 30 – National Take a Child Outside Week (why not bring them the CREW?)
  • September 26 – CREW Board of Trustees Meeting at Estero Community Center
  • September 27 – Mushroom Walk w/ Ben Dion (SOLD OUT – waiting list)

October 2014

  • October 4 – Sunflower Festival – Pepper Ranch (CREW will have a table there)
  • October 4 – Field Trip Specialist Teacher Training (for Collier 3rd grade teachers)
  • October 18 – Fall Wildflower Walk with Brenda Thomas
  • October 19 – Ding Darling Days – Family Fun Day (CREW will have a table there)
  • All month long – Lots of elementary, high school and college field trips 

November 2014

Raccoon (photo by George Luther)
Raccoon (photo by George Luther)

December 2014 – Bicycle tour at Bird Rookery, Geocaching, and more….

See you on the trails – let’s do this!

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