FGCU students train, present information, and co-lead with “Wings of Hope” staff,
4thand 5thgrade students through CREW Land and Trust hiking trails. Students explore pine flat
woods, marsh vistas, oak hammocks and pop ash communities.
All activities and materials are aligned to state standards and offer enrichment opportunities
CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed), is a 60,000 acre watershed, spanning
both Lee and Collier counties, providing an excellent learning and safe place for
students to continue their awareness of the natural world.
Observing, valuing, and connecting with nature encourages tomorrow’s leaders and future
generations to protect and save the natural world. To continue this experience after
the “CREW Hiking Adventure” program, elementary students participate in “Nature Rocks.”
Through the guidance of their school’s art teacher, students paint a rock with a
Florida plant or animal they observed while hiking at CREW. The painted rocks are
returned to CREW and placed in a special area. Students are encouraged to venture
back to CREW with their families to see their special rock and educate their families
about the natural world.