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CREW Land & Water Trust Offers Strolling Science Seminars

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The CREW Land & Water Trust is offering a new series for adults only called CREW Strolling Science Seminars. Four of these Strolling Science Seminars have been scheduled for 2012, and more may be offered this fall. The half-day scholarly hikes for adults take place at the CREW Trails. Each seminar engages participants in citizen science on a specific topic related to the watershed and wildlife of CREW.

Seminar leaders are experts in their fields. Gain in-depth knowledge, hands-on field experiences, and get access to online resources. You’ll be able to go home and engage in a citizen science project of your choosing. Register for one or all six seminars. Participants who complete all six will receive a certificate.

  • Seminar hours: 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM
  • Fee per seminar: $10 CREW Members, $15 non-members, or for the whole series $50 for CREW members/$75 non-members
  • February 4, 2012—CREW Through Animals’ Eyes, with Dr. Billy Gunnels, FGCU – This strolling session will give you a whole new perspective about how animals see the world. Come learn about animal behavior from their point of view and get a heads up on some cool citizen science projects.
  • March 2, 2012—The Fascinating World of Insects!, with Dr. Clyde Sorenson, NC State University – A master storyteller and teacher, Clyde has been voted a favorite professor by students at NC State University. In the words of his students: “He is extremely interested in insects and he transmits this enthusiasm to his class.”
  • April 6, 2012—Fun with Frogs, with Dr. Win Everham, FGCU – “Dr. Disturbance” will share why frogs are such an important animal to monitor and give you some hands-on practice. He’ll show you how the SW Fla Amphibian Monitoring Network works and help you get started on frog ID and monitoring, too.
  • April 28, 2012—Pollinators, with Dr. Billy Gunnels, FGCU – Learn how flowers trick insects into pollinating and which insects (and other animals) pollinate which flowers and trees. All the spring flowers will be in bloom, so you won’t want to miss this in-depth session on species interactions. You might be surprised at some of the secrets these plants and animals keep!
To register, send your payment along with this SSS Registration Form at least one week prior to the seminar date to CREW Trust, 23998 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33928 or call 239-657-2253 for more information.

The Strolling Science Seminars are supported in part by a Public Outreach Grant from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP).

Other Adult Education Opportunities: The CREW Trust offers other specially designed interpretive hikes and field trips for adult groups – from garden clubs to leadership teams to local businesses. These hikes typically last 2 to 3 hours and include information about the history of CREW, the importance of the watershed to quality of life, water and wildlife issues, and natural history of the land. To schedule a hike for your adult group, email or call the office using the contact information on our home page.

Additional Contact Information

Deb Hanson

Environmental Education Specialist,, CREW Land & Water Trust

23998 Corkscrew Rd.
Estero, FL - 33928