Face lift for Conservancy of Southwest Florida
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NAPLES, Fla. - A $20 million face lift is bring new life to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. Four In Your Corner's Warren Wright takes us to the grand re-opening that offers a hands on environmental learning experience for kids and adults.
"Its really cool!", 9-year-old Morgan Connel likes the new museum and believes she's learned a lot. "There are animals that are endangered and there aren't many left."
The whole mission of the Conservancy is to protect the water, land and wildlife of the region with its nature walks, wildlife hospital, research facility and nature boat rides. The new campus is able to better educate the public on why everyone should care.
Barbara Wilson with the Conservancy said, "The environment is so tied especially to Florida's economy because its so tourist driven and one of the missions we do is about protecting the water here and so If the water is polluted and dirty you're not going to have the tourists come here."
One of the Conservancy programs is getting middle school students engaged in learning about clean water, taking them out on field trips and getting them to do the testing.
Student Jonathan Scipel said, "They're fun, its hands on and you get to be with other kids."
That hands on approach is critical in getting more people to understand just how critical it is to keep nature in balance.