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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.

The Naples Preserve is Funded in part by: Florida Communities Trust


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


Naples Preserve Plant List


Naples Preserve 2016 Tuesday A.M Nature Talks

Announcement New Talk

10 AM Tuesdays at the Hedges Family Eco-Center

1690 Tamiami Trail North , Naples , FL

APRIL 5- “Lake Trafford Restoration”; Dr. Win Everham; Professor, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences; Florida Gulf Coast University: Lake Trafford, near Immokalee, is Collier County’s largest lake and one of its most important resources.  It was once pristine, clear, and sand-bottomed, but years of environmental abuse virtually destroyed it.  Restoration efforts, beginning in 2006, included removal of over 6 million cubic yards of muck from the lake bottom, at a cost of over $21 million dollars, replanting of native aquatic plants, and restocking of game fish.  Ongoing efforts include monitoring the health of the lake to help prevent loss of these gains that have been made.   Dr. Everham will give an update on current and on-going efforts to bring Lake Trafford back to life.


Naples Preserve Out and About Eco-Tours
Temp. suspended.

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.


Parks and Recreation Current Program Guide

2016 Summer Camp 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.

Volunteer Application

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




Tuesday:         10am - 4pm
Wednesday:     1pm - 4pm
Thursday:       10am - 4pm
Saturdays:      10am - 5pm

Dawn to Dusk Daily