The Hedges Family Eco-Center
Here is your one-stop resource for information about the natural areas and the local history museums of Collier County. Our knowledgeable volunteer staff are more than willing to answer any quetions you might have about sightseeing advice, brochures, and local maps. While you are here, enjoy one our scheduled environmental programs or just relax with a book in our natural history resource library. You will enjoy what the Preserve and Eco-Center have to offer!
Features of the Preserve and Eco-Center
Free Nature Walk - The fully accesible boardwalk is open daily during daylight hours.
Free Visitor Info - Obtain from the Hedges Eco-Center
Nature Talk Series, Special Family Events, and "For Kids Only" Activities - Listed below.
A Geocaching and a Letterboxing Site
2014 Nature Talk Series
The Nature Talks are held inside of The Hedges Family Eco-Center.
They begin at 02:00pm and are free to the public.
Tuesday, March 4th - “Planet Green to Personal Green”,
Casey M. McConnell, LEED AP-BD&C, Nuegreen, LLC
Tuesday, March 11th - “Orchids of the Everglades”,
Tricia Rose, Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance, Inc.
Sunday, March 16th - “Shy Wolf Sanctuary”
Tuesday, March 18th - “Estuaries”, Jack Berninger
Sunday March 23rd - “ Frogs and Toads in Collier County”,
Rebecca J. Speer, Frog Watch C-2 Crew Leader
Tuesday, March 25th - “The Hidden World of the Big Cypress Fox Squirrel”,
John Kellam, Big Cypress National Preserve Biologist
Tuesday, April 1st - “How Canal Water Flow can Affect Estuaries and Fisheries”,
Patrick O’Donnell, Environmental Specialist in Fisheries Research,
Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve
Tuesday, April 8th - “Everglades History”, Marya Repko, local historian and author
2014 Out & About Eco-Tours
Register at Fleischmann Park
Phone: (239) 213-3020
Must register one week in advance of tour.
All tours depart from the Community Center at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd.
~ Thursday, March 20th -
Lovers Key Estuary and Nature Trail with Jack Berninger.
Easy, one-mile walk looking for manatees and unusual plants. A chance to get wet or to
stay dry on the beach as we catch organisms that are in the water. Depart: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $12.00 (Bring your own lunch.)