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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center...

As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center has recently completed a $20 million renovation which offers abundant learning opportunities, special activities such as camps for children, and other unique programming and events and is designated as Site #69 on the "Great Florida Birding Trail". In addition to the new entrance, Smith Preserve Way, just south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road, new features include the Dalton Discovery Center, von Arx Wildlife Hospital nursery viewing area, Windfeldt Shorebird Pool, Shotwell Wavering Filter Marsh, Christopher B. SmithPreserve, Eaton Conservation Hall with Jeannie Meg Smith Theater, electric boat rides up the Gordon River from the Allyn Family Dock and Lagoon, and Ferguson Learning Lab. Kayak rentals and excursions are available for a fee. No visit is complete without a visit to the Bradley Nature Store to select from nature-inspired gifts, toys, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, art and cards. Other Conservancy Nature Center features include a live sea turtle display and touch tank. Electric boat ride schedule changes seasonally and are subject to weather and tide conditions. Open Mon. - Sun., 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. $12.95 Adults; $8.95 Ages 3-12. Offsite Adventures are offered during season (generally December - April,) the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers various nature tours: *Good Fortune II Pontoon Boat Cruise through Rookery Bay estuary. * Free Nature walks at Brigg's Boardwalk, Clam Pass and Tigertail beach.

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Educational and Interesting

There are kayaks to paddle out in, boat tours, animals to see and educational displays about the local ecosystem and wildlife. I found it very interesting, as well as my son who... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 March 2016
Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

There are kayaks to paddle out in, boat tours, animals to see and educational displays about the local ecosystem and wildlife. I found it very interesting, as well as my son who is 26.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Nice was to spend a morning or early afternoon in the outdoors. There several area to visit during you adventure. There is the Dalton Discovery Center offering several live exhibits. There several volunteers who staff this area that are more than willing to show you through all the exhibits as well as answering and questions you might have. Several nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

We visited the Cinservancy Center while vacationing in Naples, Florida. There were a couple of easy nature trails with well marked plants and trees along the way. We enjoyed an informative talk in local birds as well as a talk on reptiles. The educational center has plenty of wonderful displays and helpful volunteers who will guide you through if you... More 

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Berea, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

We visited this site which is located on the north-side of Naples based on a recommendation by a friend. There are several displays on the creatures and environment of southern Florida and the Everglades. Children and adults will love learning about the history and changes that are happening that need to be reversed or we will lose these vital resources.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

This is a relatively small preserve with a big impact on us. We were greeted by numerous volunteers at every turn: educational museum, electric boat ride to tour the lagoon, information and gift center. Most impressive is their new wildlife hospital to help injured wild life animals recover and be returned to their original habitat.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

Beautiful boat ride on the Gordon river, very interesting and educational. Wonderful people working there for great cause, been sack twice since joining. Plan on going back this again next month when grandkids come to visit.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

Jungle in Paradise. Although you are in the heart of Naples development, the Conservancy gives you a space and feeling as though you are in the middle of a jungle. Some volunteer docents are great, some not so. However full marks for trying. The electric boat ride on site is a must addition to the displays so be sure to... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

This is a great spot near the centre of Naples, close to Naples Zoo. It is designed as an educational park concerned with the local environment. There are lots of exhibits dealing with local fauna and flora, an animal hospital that treats injured and abandoned local wild animals, several nature walks and a boat ride. It is largely manned by... More 

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Newton(Boston), MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

This is a wonderful spot to learn about the environment in Naples and different factors that are impacting it. Don't miss the boat ride through the mangroves and the animal hospital where at certain times during the day you can watch animals be taken care of.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for ALL ages. The Boat Ride included with admission is really nice. Very educational! The indoor Dioramas are top notch with loads of Eco info. So much to learn here! And the Hospital is right on the grounds for you to view a possible injured or orphaned animal. A great place! We joined and donated... More 

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