Do you know a junior high student looking to learn what it takes to care for sick and injured wildlife? The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) Summer Camp registration is now open! CROW will host sixth to eighth graders for three Wednesdays in July covering three different species categories.


As Lee County’s only licensed wildlife hospital, CROW’s mission of saving wildlife is accomplished, in part, through educating the next generation of wildlife professionals about its work helping sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. The CROW Wildlife Care Summer Camp combines critical thinking skills learned in a classroom with real world applications in the STEM field. Participants can expect to spend a day on CROW’s campus with the medical staff, students, and volunteers learning about southwest Florida’s wildlife and observing demonstrations of medical procedures repairing and treating various injuries and illnesses.


Following these demonstrations, participants will engage in the unique opportunity to replicate similar procedures on specimens during a dissection lab. Please note all animals used in the dissection portion of the camp have been procured from suppliers subjected to inspections and compliance orders from the United States Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act.


There will be three different species tracks available on three Wednesdays over the course of three weeks in July. The first session on Birds will take place on Wednesday, July 13. The second session on Mammals will take place on Wednesday, July 20 and the final session on Reptiles will take place on Wednesday, July 27. The camp curriculum meets Florida’s Next Generation Science Standards for content and dissection. All participants will be provided and required to wear standard personal protection equipment (PPE) throughout the day. Due to the educational content in this camp, participants must be in sixth to eighth grade for the upcoming academic term.


If you are interested in registering for CROW’s Wildlife Care Summer Camp, please contact CROW’s Education and Outreach Director, Rachel Taylor, by email at [email protected] for more information about costs and availability. For more information about the camp, please visit our website!


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About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital saving the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond.  Through state-of-the-art veterinary care, public education programs and an engaging visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and our animals through wildlife medicine. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to If you find an animal that is in need of help, call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.