***COVID-19 Update: The Visitor Education Center is currently CLOSED due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here for more information and updates. ***
Do you love animals? Are you interested in learning about the native and migratory wildlife that call Southwest Florida home? If so, then visit us at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).
CROW offers a series of educational experiences for guests and their families to enjoy while on vacation. Options include exploring our onsite Visitor Education Center (VEC), sitting in our daily “Wonders of Wildlife” presentations or joining us for guided “Wildlife Walk” through the hospital. In addition, CROW hosts seasonal “Lunch and Learn with Dr. Barron” and “Speaker Series” programs from January through April. In accordance with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Regulation 68A-9.006, wildlife patients receiving care or medical treatment at our facility are NOT on exhibit to the general public.
Our campus is located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, just past the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on the opposite side of the road. Click the map to get directions!
Explore the Visitor Education Center (VEC)
The first building guests see as they pull into CROW’s campus is the VEC. Accessible via stairs or an elevator, the center houses a series of exhibits designed for all ages. For hours and admission fees click here.
Guests learn about CROW’s history and day-to-day operations through displays, interactive exhibits and video. The center also features live animal exhibits, special children’s areas and live camera feeds of the hospital intake room and several outdoor rehabilitation enclosures. Click the link to see our Live Animal Encounters page for more information about the animal exhibits and animal ambassadors.
Daily Presentations at 11:00am*
Presentations in the VEC feature one of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors and cover a variety of topics. *Seasonal hours and presentation times vary. Check our Calendar of Events for the current schedule, and plan 45 minutes to an hour for the popular lectures including:
• Why Animals Come to CROW
• Wildlife Rescue 101
• Wild About Rehabilitation
• Patient Profiles (species specific)
Tour the Hospital
If you have a desire to learn more about the inner workings of CROW’s treatment process, consider registering for one of our “Wildlife Walks” or “Lunch and Learns with Dr. Barron”. For added value guests will not only see the VEC and sit in on a daily presentation, but will also have a guided tour of the hospital with one of CROW’s staff members. Due to schedules and limited spacing, advanced registration is required. Check our Calendar of Events for the current schedule and our Specialty Programs page for information about reservations and tour details!
Our Visitor Education Center is Gold Level Certified through the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (FL SEE).