Paleo-plants That the Dinosaurs Ate - A CREW Strolling Science Seminar
Facilitator: Jack Berninger
Explore the exciting world of ancient ferns in the "Fern Capitol" of the US. The ferns were the first vascular land plants and produced most of the energy we use to power the present day world.
We will have a fern fun walk at the Marsh Trail to find and learn the life history of these ancient plants.
Jack Berninger is a retired biology teacher with a Masters degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati OH. He has given presentations on teaching science at national and state science teacher conventions.
In retirement Jack leads educational hikes and gives presentations to Audubon; Everglades, Ft. Myers and Cincinnati Astronomical Societies; Oxbow Inc.; Fernald Preserve and other wildlife/environmental societies. He received the 2012 Service Award from Indiana Audubon Society for developing educational walks and talks on Ferns, Mosses, Lichens and Geology.
He also gives programs each year in FL at the Naples Preserve, Barefoot Beach, Astronomical Societies and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Festival.
What to wear/bring:
Water, snack, outdoor appropriate clothing, sun protection (sunscreen/hat), insect repellent
To register, select the ticket type above. CREW Members are current members of the CREW Land & Water Trust. Non-members may join CREW (and become eligible to take advantage of the member discount for this workshop) by clicking here or by calling 239-657-2253.
This is part of the CREW Strolling Science Seminar series, a series of six scholarly walking seminars designed specifically for adults to gain in-depth knowledge about wildlife and the watershed.
The CREW Strolling Science Seminars are supported in part by a Public Outreach Grant from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is a partnership to protect estuaries in southwest Florida from Venice to Estero Bay.
Is there an age limit for the event?
This event is for adults only.
What are the parking/facilities like at the trails?
There is a grassy 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.
When & Where
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.