When: Every Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of each month, from November through April... (A few additional dates - Tuesday April 15 and Thursday April 24 are being added due to high demand)
Join award-winning CREW Land & Water Trust volunteer and naturalist, George Luther, for an entertaining and informative 3-hour guided walk on a portion of the Bird Rookery Swamp trails near Naples, FL.
George is a master storyteller and devoted CREW volunteer and will lead these hikes every Wednesday and the fourth Saturday each month, November through April.
The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part 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 trams.
The cypress/maple swamp is home to wading birds, owls, deer, bear, panther, bobcat, limpkins, and much more.
Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing, bring water to drink. Sunscreen/hat are advisable. Cameras and binoculars are optional.
"PLEASE NOTE!!! Vultures may be attracted to rubber including linings on car doors and windows...hanging plastic shopping bags from the top of your door frames or covering your car with a tarp secured with bungee straps may deter them."
Limited to 24 hikers. If you cannot attend the hike for which you register, please call 239-657-2253 or request a cancellation here on this site at least 24 hours before the walk is scheduled to begin.
These hikes are free, but donations to the CREW Trust are greatly appreciated on the day of the hike or online at http://www.crewtrust.org.
Is there an age limit for the event?
This guided walk is for all ages.
What are the parking/facilities like at the trails?
There is a gravel parking lot at the trailhead. There is one portable restroom at the trailhead.
What are the trails like?
The trails are mostly grassy/sandy ground level trails with some boardwalk sructures over wet areas. Expect seasonlly wet/muddy places on the trails during the rainy season (July - November).
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. You may give your spot to someone else. Be sure to change the information on your registration page or call us at 239-657-2253.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you may update your registration information up to 24 hours before the event.
Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?
No. We do not issue print tickets. Simply check in with the event leader at the time of the event.
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.