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Sept. 27, 2022 | FGCU is canceling all classes and non-essential campus activities Thursday and Friday. FGCU leaders will evaluate methods for students to make up for lost instructional time, which will likely include the use of planned study dates as regular academic class. Please expect updates to the academic calendar once we return to normal operations. For storm updates, visit fgcu.edu/emergencymanagement.

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Gophers@Barefoot

Our Mission: of the Gophers@Barefoot Project is to restore and enhance the habitat for Gopher tortoises at the Barefoot Beach Preserve.  

We accomplish this by simulating fire,  research, preparing educational material and resources for visitors to understand and value the role of Gopher tortoises at Barefoot Beach Preserve.

Gopher tortoises live many years.  They are listed  as a “threatened” species in Florida primarily due to loss of habitat.  They are in direct competition with humans since they use  the same habitat to live as we do to build.

Gophers@Barefoot live at a world premiere destination for humans.  The Barefoot Beach Preserve  has been named second best on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten Beaches of 2014.

The Preserve is located just off Bonita Beach Road at the end of the Barefoot Beach Blvd.  (You drive about 2.5 miles on cobblestone road through an area with multi-million dollar homes first).

Collier County Parks manages the preserve.
View the Management Plan.

Learn even more about Gophers, visit the Gopher tortoise council.


If you have questions, or want to become more involved, contact us at ndemers@fgcu.edu or (239) 590-7211.

Project Details

History (Reverse Chronology)

Partners

The project continues to flourish with the help of a number of partners:

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Media

Here are several amazing you tube videos, filmed on-location, prepared by Jill Kusba, a DVM who frequents the Preserve.