Crowley, Jasper (William Jasper), 1900-1976
Jasper Crowley, grandson of pioneer settler John Crowley, donated Crowley lands to the community in 1974. Jasper was a teacher at the Old Miakka one-room Schoolhouse from 1931-1943. In those days, people lived on enough land to keep a garden and some chickens, and the children had chores to help run the farms.
Jasper believed that if children worked in the garden and took care of farm animals, they learned to understand and respect nature’s cycles and to be self-sufficient. Oral histories from some of the young men that worked with Jasper are testament to the notion that bringing kids to the farm and teaching them about food production helped them realize they could provide for themselves.
Keeping to the mission of Crowley, we bring children to Crowley to experience natural systems and observe where their food comes from. At Crowley, students have opportunities to explore nature, observe sustainable farm practices and discover Florida’s unique pioneer history. Crowley is experiential learning for creating future citizens.
If the unthinkable happened, would your child will be prepared? Kid’s Wilderness Survival Skills Training Participants will learn survival skills like: Planning for the outdoors Finding direction Shelter-making Signaling for help Tracking Hunting tools Primitive fishing Water purifying Fire starting Program content varies based on the age of the group. Each participant will make a survival kit to take home. Information: Kid’s Survival Skills training is $10.00 per child, no charge for teachers or chaperones....read more
Kid’s Swamp Stomp Oh yeah, this is real Florida in the summertime! We’ll hike the boardwalk…and look for the mamma and baby gators, can you find mamma here? We’ll give Squirt an ice cold watermelon treat, and join him! We’ll make mud pies, and wade into the creek to do some dip netting to see what we can find, Enjoy the misters as you exit the boardwalk on your way to make...read more
3rd Grade Young Scientist Program Crowley Museum & and Nature Center Natural History 3rd Grade Science Program Science comes alive at Crowley as third grade students explore our natural surroundings through the eyes of Botanists, Soil Scientists and Wild Life Biologists. Students will learn the basic parts of leaves, how leaves work, and they will start a leaf study, looking at the edges of leaves, the shapes, and more. SOIL SCIENTISTS. Students will explore the Crowley kitchen garden and discover the secrets of the soil: the...read more
A Day On The Farm School and educational opportunities available by advance reservation only “What does the rooster say?” Designed especially for kindergarten and first grade, this is a fun and exciting fast- paced program introducing youngsters to life on the farm. Children learn about and interact with various farm animals, such as our pig, Squirt, our chickens, goats, quail, Florida heritage “Cracker” cattle and rabbits. They learn about the role of animals on the farm and will learn where milk, eggs, meat, honey,...read more
Invader Terminator Who is Invader Terminator? Florida is being invaded–by foreign fish, giant reptiles, bromeliad-chomping weevils, cannibal frogs, and forests of exotic trees that smother every other living thing out of existence. Invader Terminators are those brave souls who want to fight back and help Florida’s native plants and animals reclaim their place in the world. Crowley has a new program to show kids how to identify and remove invasive plants from their yards, from their local parks and from Florida’s natural areas. In the...read more
The Children’s Discovery Path is a 3/8 mile long nature hiking path with five discovery stations where a child can stop and learn about animals, birds, and insects that are native to southwest Florida. Along this path, there are five interactive stations: Birds of Prey, Bats, the Gopher Tortoise, Spiders, and the Florida Panther. Each station has a fun, hands-on activity where path explorers can jump, climb, see, and feel what it is like to be one of these creatures. On the guided tour, a staff member will talk about the native flora and...read more
A Day in the Life of a Florida Pioneer Program On Site Field Trip Students studying life of early Florida pioneers will delight in this experiential learning program. Hands-on activities allow students to imagine what it would be like to live in Florida during 1830-1930 when pioneers homesteaded land. A Day in the Life of a Florida Pioneer Students will be met by period costumed, living history facilitators who will divide the students into groups for their pioneer experience. They will experience daily pioneer life on the farm, in...read more