Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Support from Audubon of the Western Everglades
helps 2nd and 5th grade classes from Collier County elementary schools participate
in learning adventures with Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Books about insects, which are part of
the 2nd grade curriculum and are geared to 2nd grade reading levels, are
sent from Corkscrew to each participating elementary school two weeks prior
to a field trip. An "Insect Adventure" at Corkscrew is the culminating
activity where students hike trails and stop at learning stations to test
their knowledge of insects.
Similarly, books about Florida ecology
and wildlife travel to 5th grade classrooms for two weeks and are followed
by a "Wild Florida Adventure" field trip to the Sanctuary. The
focus is on wildlife as well as hydrology and conservation.
Audubon of the Western Everglades provides
a grant to help fund The Panther Posse at Florida Gulf Coast University.
The Panther Posse is one segment in FGCU's
Wings of Hope program. It is an environmental education program where each
semester, university students teach 4th and 5th grade elementary school
students in Collier and Lee County about the Florida Panther, panther habitat,
and about water conservation.
Audubon Explorers is sponsored by Audubon
of the Western Eveglades and is in its seventh season. The club is for students
between the ages of 7 to 15 and provides them with regular weekend field
trips to various habitats in Southwest Florida.
In addition to teaching about birding and
providing opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in the field,
the club introduces students to the importance of wildlife and wildlife
For many club members, the field trips
are their first ventures away from an urban/surburban environment.
For more information, including a membership
application, please click on the "Audubon Explorers" tab at the