Intended Audience: Early-stage Alzheimer's patients; ambulatory; physically capable of walking about one mile in about 90 minutes. LIMITED to 6 patients and 6 caregivers per walk.
Description of Walk: The Nature’s Peace at CREW walk will consist of a very slow stroll conducted by a trained CREW naturalist and two CREW assistants over a course that consists of hard-packed crushed shell/limestone (0.25 miles) and a boardwalk (0.30 mi).
The subject matter will include: observing natural surroundings including plants, flowers, trees, water features, birds, mammals, reptiles, and butterflies. In addition, the naturalist will provide stories connected to the surrounding natural environment and history of the area. Wherever possible, the tour guide will stimulate the senses of touch, sight, smell and hearing.
Each participant will be provided a memento of the day. The memento may be a natural artifact, a photograph, or other suitable remembrance. These walks are limited to six Alzheimer patients and their caregiver partners. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Location: CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL . These trails are beautiful and primitive. Be aware that there are no buildings or facilities at the site, other than a port-o-potty 1/4 mile walk from the parking area.
Dates/Times: The 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, November through April. All walks are from 10:30 AM - noon; Select your preferred date using the drop-down menu in the ticket area above.
FEE: This program is free as a result of the support of the Friends of CREW, but donations to the CREW Trust are greatly appreciated.
ALL Participants - the Alzheimer’s patient and their caregiver partner - MUST:
- Arrive at Bird Rookery Swamp, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples no later than 10:25 AM on the day of the walk.
- Be prepared for walking/standing outdoors for 1½ hours: bring sunscreen, bug repellant, hat, comfortable walking shoes, water to drink, and any medications.
- In addition, the caretaker partner must be capable of keeping the Alzheimer patient comfortable, calm and safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the parking/facilities like at the trails?
There is a gravel parking lot at the trailhead. There is one portable restroom 1/4 mile from the parking area near the trailhead.
What are the trails like?
For this walk, participants will walk on a crushed shell path and a boardwalk.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. If you need to cancel, please contact the event organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.
Can we bring additional family members?
No. For the safety of the participants, this walk is limited to a total of 12 participants - six patients and six caregiver/family members.
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.