Crowley, Jasper (William Jasper), 1900-1976
The grandson of pioneer settler John Crowley (unknown-1905) Jasper 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, nearly all people lived on enough land to keep a garden and some chickens and chores needed to be completed with the help of children.
Jasper felt, as many pioneer families did, that if children worked in the garden and took care of farm animals, it connected them to natural systems and taught them to be self-sufficient. They would also develop a respect for natural resources. Oral histories from some of the young men that worked on the farm with Jasper are testament to the notion that bringing kids to the farm and teaching them about producing food helped them to know they could provide for themselves if necessary.
Keeping to the mission of Crowley, we bring children to Crowley to understand natural systems and where their food comes from. The goal of our programming is to excite in them a desire to become more self-sufficient and more mindful of preserving natural resources.
If the unthinkable happened, would your child will be prepared? Kid’s Wilderness Survival Skills Training Participants will learn the following survival skills: Finding direction Fire starting Hunting tools Primitive fishing Shelter-making Signaling for help Tracking Water purifying Each participant will make a survival kit to take home, Information: Kid’s Survival Skills training is $6.00 per child, no charge for teachers or chaperones. Available onsite at Crowley or at your school or camp. Summertime special:...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
Crowley Museum & and Nature Center Natural History 3rd Grade Science Program In the 3rd grade science program, the focus is on the following subjects: AGRICULTURE SOIL SCIENCE students will explore the Crowley kitchen garden and discover pollinators, microorganisms, garden pests, parts of plants, sun’s energy, plant nutrition. WATER AND WETLANDS SCIENCE students will learn about the natural history of Florida including the Floridan aquifer, natural disasters, man made disasters and the effect on landscapes and...read more
“What does the rooster say?” Designed especially for kindergarten and first grade, this fun and exciting fast-paced program brings to life the 1948 Classic written by Alf Evers. In the story, Bobby invites Mary out to the farm and demonstrates the roles and sounds of farm animals and shows her how food is produced on the farm. In this program, children will follow along with the pages of Evers’ book where along with Mary they will see, hear, and taste life on the farm. They will learn where milk, eggs, meat, honey, and sugarcane...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