Conservancy of Southwest Florida's 50th Anniversary Earth Day Festival
The environmentally friendly festivities include activities for all ages, including: • Electric boat tours along the Gordon River • Fish fry – presented by Bank of America • Educational programs for kids and adults • Expert lectures • Arts and crafts, face painting, hands-on habitat experiences • Live music, locally made crafts, food and fun! Conservancy members are admitted for free to the festival. Special admission for the 50th anniversary celebration is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. In addition to special events and exhibits, attendees can experience the Conservancy Nature Center which begins at the entrance on Smith Preserve Way, just south of the Naples Zoo on Goodlette-Frank Road. Guests can spot native species, including endangered gopher tortoises, meandering through the Christopher B. Smith upland preserve. Inside the new Dalton Discovery Center, guests can experience several “natural” Southwest Florida ecosystems featuring interactive exhibits, a near-shore touch tank exploration and more. In the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, Nature Center guests can observe baby animals in the nursery and learn about animal care. The Shorebird Pool, home to wading birds in their last stages of recovery, is also viewable to the public. Eaton Conservation Hall and the Jeannie Meg Smith Theater offer a state of the art multi-media experience with presentations, programs, featured speakers and more. The Ferguson Learning Lab is home to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida STEM Institute, where hands-on environmental studies incorporate the latest in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. At the Allyn Family Lagoon and Dock, guests can search for wildlife and perhaps spot a manatee on a leisurely electric boat cruise or rent a kayak for a closer look at nature in a mangrove-lined lagoon up to the Gordon River. Guests can explore the secrets of how the Shotwell Wavering Family Filter Marsh cleans and purifies water and view visiting wading birds and wildlife from the gazebo.
Conservancy Nature Center
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 3102