Conservancy of Southwest Florida gets new environmental studies dormitory

Reporter: Elizabeth Biro Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s new building. (Credit: WINK News)

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has a new environmental studies dormitory near Naples they say will shape the conservation leaders of the future.

The 15,000-square-foot building can house 36 interns, 20% more than before. The first and second floors contain labs and office space. The third floor is where the new dorms are located.

The facility holds to the conservancy’s environmental values, with bird-strike prevention windows, led lights, and a full solar roof coming soon.

Vital conservation work takes place on the campus every day, including python removal, sea turtle research, and hands-on experience in the wildlife hospital and nature center. All of which are free for interns.

“As the housing crisis continues and prices rise. The ability to live here for free really makes this internship so accessible to so many more people,” said Kaylee Walper, a  Conservancy of Southwest Florida intern.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida intern dorm. (Credit: WINK News)

“You can imagine someone wanting to come to Naples to work on sea turtles. You can’t work on sea turtles and too many places in the world. If we didn’t have this housing, where are these, you know, young graduates? Where would they live? They could not afford to do it,” said Conservancy of Southwest Florida President and CEO Robert Moher.

The environmental studies dormitory will also house visiting researchers and scholars and act as an emergency control center during hurricanes. It officially opens in spring.

If you want to apply to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s internship, you can learn more about how by clicking here.

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