Join CREW Land & Water Trust volunteer and naturalist, George Luther, for an entertaining and informative 3-hour guided hike on a portion of the Bird Rookery Swamp trails near Naples, FL. George is a master storyteller and devoted CREW volunteer and will have you begging for more.
Dates for these hikes are: January 4, 11, and 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2012.
Limited to 24 hikers. To register here, choose the date you wish to register for from the drop down menu above, then type the number of tickets you want. You do not have to print the tickets. These hikes are free but donations to further the mission to protect the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed are greatly appreciated.
Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing, bring water to drink. Sunscreen/hat are advisable. Cameras and binoculars are optional.
The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is the newest access point of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (owned by the South Florida Water Management District). It includes a 1500 ft. boardwalk and nearly 12 miles of raised trails on old railroad tram berms. The cypress/maple swamp is home to wading birds, owls, deer, bear, panther, bobcat, limpkins, and much more.
Directions to Bird Rookery Swamp: 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples, FL
From Fort Myers/Naples: From I-75, take exit 111 and turn east (away from Naples) on Immokalee Road (CR 846). Travel 11.4 miles and turn left onto Shady Hollow Blvd. Parking lot is 1.5 miles ahead on the right.
From Immokalee: Travel west (toward Naples) on CR 846 (Immokalee Road) for approx. 16.5 miles. Turn right on Shady Hollow Blvd. Travel 1.5 miles north to parking area/gate.
CREW Land & Water Trust
The CREW Land & Water Trust was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization to coordinate the land acquisition, land management, and public use of the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. We work closely with our partners, the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure the protection of the watershed. This watershed, the largest intact watershed in south Florida, straddles Lee and Collier Counties and provides aquifer recharge, natural flood protection, water purification, preservation of wildlife habitat, and public recreation. CREW's majestic 5,000-acre marsh is the headwaters for the entire watershed.