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!
Directions to Naples Preserve
Features of the Preserve and Eco-Center
Free Nature Walk
A fully accessible, 0.4 mile-long boardwalk through dry scrub and flatwoods. Open every day during daylight hours. Service dogs only are allowed on the boardwalk.
Free Nature Talks
Dates, time and topics are listed below.
This is one of the best places in Collier County to see them.
Pollinator (Butterfly) Garden
An outdoor garden planted to attract our native Southwest Florida pollinators.
Write down your promise on how you will help the Earth and put it in the globe.
Located in the Pollinator Garden.
Picnic tables – A great place to eat while watching our native wildlife.
Free Nature Information
Information on our Partners (listed below) along with where to hike, bike and birdwatch is available in the Hedges Family Eco-Center. Hours vary.
A Geocaching and a Letterboxing Site
2017 Nature Talks
Naples Preserve Out and About Eco-Tours
2017 Out and About Eco Tours
Arbor Day Celebration for our
National Champion Myrtle Oak Tree
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
9:00 a.m. - Celebration begins out on deck #1 on the boardwalk.
10:00 a.m. – Program inside of the Hedges Eco-Center. Mike Weston, Manager of the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center, will present a program on the Florida Forest Service’s Champion Tree Program. After the presentation, we will break into groups and measure trees in The Preserve.
2017 Winter/Spring Program Guide
Partners of The Naples Preserve
Eagle Lakes Bird Sanctuary
Collier County Museum
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch
Museum of the Everglades
Naples Depot Museum
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Collier-Seminole State Park
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
Picayune Strand State Forest
Big Cypress National Preserve
Everglades National Park
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserch Reserve
Conservancy of SW Florida Nature Center
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
CREW Land and Water Trust
Naples Botanical Garden
Shy Wolf Sanctuary
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens