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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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+1 239-262-0304
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Elsa at Tigertail Beach was wonderfully knowledgeable!

We attended the nature walk and talk at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Friday. They do this every Friday at 830am-1030. This was our third time to go on this, we go every... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We attended the nature walk and talk at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Friday. They do this every Friday at 830am-1030. This was our third time to go on this, we go every year when here on vacation. Elsa was the naturalist today and she was a joy. Her vast knowledge and obvious enthusiasm for sharing it was much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is amazing. The facilities are great and have areas to walk and educational resources and displays indoors. They have a wildlife hospital that rescues animals and returns them to nature, where they should be, and they have a scientific facility that researches local flora and fauna to preserve and bring back native species to SWFL.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is an educational stop, with craft area for kids to color and play around. Nice trail and they offer a boat ride around in the water way.

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a educational venue. They are saving our water and animals. The electric boat ride thru mangroves is very nice

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A one time visit was ok but there wasn't much to really do here. It is good what they are doing with regards to conservation so I don't want to discourage others from going. The boat trip was good and I did learn quite a bit in the exhibits but I wouldn't be returning here. Staff were friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been visiting since 1986, and it just gets better and better!! Love the boat ride, education regarding our local wildlife, and cannot say enough about the quality care provided for our injured wildlife. Perfect for all ages!

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited twice now and love the ambience and mission. Also enjoyed the guided boat trips along the lagoons.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Only found this by chance after visiting Naples Zoo. They do great work at the Conservancy and run mainly by volunteers which there around 600. All of them who spoke to us were very informative about the animals and natural wild areas they are protecting. The entrance fee of $12.95 per adult was a great price as it included a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a vital advocate for nature conservancy in Collier County. They advocate for clean water, preservation of our remaining natural wild areas, and protection and rehabilitation of our wildlife. A visit to the Conservancy is a must do for anyone visiting Collier County. As a year-round resident, I try to visit at least once a... More 

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Bolton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The Electric boat trip was the highlight, also saw a rescued baby racoon and a hawk. Volunteers will tell u all about the excellent work done here.

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