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Naples Preserve
About the Naples Preserve
The Naples Preserve is located on 9 1/2 acres at the corner of U.S. 41 and Fleischmann Boulevard. The site protects two unique Florida Upland Habitats: Pine Flatwoods and Oak-Rosemary Scrubs. Explore the 0.4 self-guided nature walk as it curves through the shaded woods. Then, sit, rest, and take in the surroundings while sitting on one of our many benches.  

The Preserve offers you one of your best opportunities in Southwest Florida to see gopher tortoises in their natural habitat, along with native wildflowers, trees, birds, butterflies, rabbits, and more. The peak months for viewing wildflowers and butterflies are between August and September.


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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 - 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.
are free to the public.  


Saturday, November 22nd at 10:00 a.m. :

“Life in our Butterfly Garden”
                                                              
Caterpillars and butterflies are
not the only animals that you
will find in our Butterfly Garden!


Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. :

“Birds of Southwest Florida”, by Wendell Vaught


Free, Boardwalk Tours: October 25th - November 22nd, Sat. at 10:00 a.m.

 2015 Nature Talk Series
The nature talks are free and start at 10a.m.


Tuesday, January 6 - “A Gray Fox Family in The Naples Preserve”,  Naples Preserve

A video presentation of a Gray Fox family growing-up in The Naples Preserve.


Tuesday, January 13 -”Who-o-o Ate the Vole?”,  The Naples Zoo and The Naples Preserve

The Naples Zoo will be here with their owls for a short presentation followed
by
everyone having the opportunity to dissect their very own Barn Owl pellet.

Tuesday, January 20 - “Night Moves - the Nocturnal Ecology of Big Cypress National Preserve”

Luke Gommermann ( Big Cypress National Preserve)

Tuesday, January 27 - “Shorebirds”, Wendell Vaught (Eco-Quest)

Following the presentation, join Wendell Vaught at Delnor-Wiggins  Pass State Park
for some bird-watching.  Remember to bring your binoculars!

Tuesday, February 3 - “How Know?  How Old, How Far, How Fast, How Time, How Life”, Jack Berninger

Tuesday, February 10 - “Women in the Everglades”, Marya Repko

Tuesday, February 17 - “Scrub Jays”, Monica Folk, Ph.D.

Monica Folk has studied Scrub Jays for several years and is currently
monitoring
populations in the Florida counties of Indian River and Marion.

Tuesday, February 24 - No talk. 

Tuesday, March 3 - “Pollinators and Plants”, Jack Berninger

Tuesday, March 10 - “Fakahatchee - the Northernmost Island in the Caribbean”

Patrick Higgins (local Naturalist and Vice President of Friends of Fakahatchee)

Tuesday, March 17 -  “Plant Microbial Fuel Cell (pMFC): A Tool for Innovators and Educators”

Dr. Anjali Misra (School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Florida SouthWestern 

State College)


Tuesday, March 24 - “Wildfires in Florida”, Wendell Vaught (Eco-Quest)

First-hand account and photos of Florida wildfires from a retired, Senior Forest Ranger.   

Tuesday, March 31 - “The Early Tamiami Trail in Naples and Western Collier County”

Ron Echols, Ph.D. (The Naples Preserve).  The Trail has not always followed the same path that it does today.

Tuesday, April 7 - “Fabulous Insects Found in The Naples Preserve”, Naples Preserve

The Preserve is important for the survival of more than just mammals, reptiles and birds.. 

  

“Preserving the Holiday Spirit” 
 A fun, FREE event for the whole family!

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The Hedges Family Eco-Center will be transformed into a holiday wonderland.  There will be live music, refreshments and boardwalk tours. Collier County’s “Litter Critter” will be here all three days. On Saturday and Sunday, watch video of the animals that visited our Preserve Christmas Tree during the night.  It is a great way to get into the spirit of the season - don’t miss it!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Music: Steel Drum (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)


Also on Friday... 

Discovery Reptiles (6:00pm - 7:00pm)


Saturday, December 13, 2014 

Music:  James Welch & Julio Pintos of the jazz band “ COHESIAN”
(4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)


Also on Saturday…

Meet Trouper the blind raccoon, his caregiver Dot Lee, and Kyle Miller who is the author of an award-winning children’s book about Trouper. 
Be sure to bring your camera!  (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) 


Plus...

Discovery Reptiles (4:00pm - 7:00pm)

  
Sunday, December 14, 2014 

Music: “Inish” (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)


Also on Sunday…

Shy Wolf Sanctuary will be here with one of their Wolfdogs  
Time: 4:00 p.m. - ?  Come early and bring your camera!    

Plus...

Discovery Reptiles (4:00pm - 7:00pm)    
 

  

***We will be accepting canned food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida  during this event***

 


     

2015 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, January 8, 2015.  Canoe Trip on the Turner River (Big Cypress National Preserve).  Paddle the Turner River under towering cypress, through pond apple forests and mangrove tunnels, and across prairies to discover the diversity of plants and animals that call this area home.  Required: Some canoeing experience and the ability to paddle for 4 hours. (There is no current or tide to fight.)

Depart Fleischmann Park at 9:00 a.m. and return at approximately 4:00 p.m..  Bring your own lunch and water bottle.    Limited to 10 people.                              Cost: $10.00 



Friday, January 30, 2015.  Ghost Walk at Koreshan State Park.  There is no better way to learn about the Koreshans.  Walk along luminary-lit pathways and view a play in eight scenes that depicts the Koreshan people and their lives.

Register early as there is a limited number of tickets available. 


Depart from Fleischmann Park at 6:15 p.m..       Cost:  $25.00


 

Thursday, February 12, 2015.  Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park.  Reach for the sky as we walk over the canopy bridge through several ecosystems to locate some unusual plants and to hopefully spot some nice animals -  especially a Bobcat.   Led by Jack Berninger.

Depart from Fleischmann Park at  8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 2:30 p.m.  Bring your own lunch.            Cost: $10.00

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  Marjory Stoneman Douglas Luncheon in Everglades City.  The speaker will be Charlie Munroe, the grandson of Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe.  Commodore Munroe , one of Coconut Grove’s most charming and influential pioneers, was a friend of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Depart from Fleischmann Park at  9:30 a.m. and return at approximately
 3:00 p.m..       


Cost $10.00  (Plus $25.00 at the door for the luncheon)

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Step back in time for a unique adventure of rare ferns, bromeliads and orchids. We will stop to eat lunch at the old cabin turn-around. We should see plenty of gators, birds, butterflies with a chance Panther sighting.  Led by jack Berninger.

Depart from Fleischmann Park at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Bring your own lunch.             Cost: $10.00

 

Friday, March 20, 2015. Night Sky and Astronomy Program at Big Cypress National Preserve.  Join us for an evening of dark sky education and celebration!  View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.  Presentations will include constellation tours that guide visitors through the night sky and telescope viewing of night sky objects, including stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae and galaxies.

There is no seating at the program, so bring your own lawn chair or blanket.  Dress for the conditions - temperature and possible mosquitoes.

Depart from Fleischmann Park at 6:30pm                            Cost: $10.00

  

Parks and Recreation Current Program Guide

2014 Fall Program Guide


Ambassador Program
For more information or to volunteer at the Naples Preserve, please call 239-213-3020. Other informaiton on the Ambassador Program can be located by following this link.


Partners of The Naples Preserve

Clam Pass

Eagle Lakes Bird Sanctuary

Tigertail Beach

Barefoot Beach

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


Naples Preserve and Hedges Family Eco-Center

Naples Preserve
Hedges Family Eco Center


1690 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102

239-261-4290

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Hours:
Boardwalk
Dawn to Dusk Daily