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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 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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This venture continues to develop apace. The staff are very keen to explain the importance of protecting the plants, waterflows and wildlife. The work to aid injured animals is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This venture continues to develop apace. The staff are very keen to explain the importance of protecting the plants, waterflows and wildlife. The work to aid injured animals is well managed. The electric boat trip allows the guides to explain the role of the mangrove swamps. Go to this place.

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Horndean, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This reserve has a nature trail and education talks on wildlife. You can hire kayaks for two hours and explore the mangroves and waterways. There are also small electric boats with 40 minutes guided tours. Kayaking was a great experience

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Burlington, Canada
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My wife and I took our teenaged son and his friend to enjoy an afternoon of kayaking. We were not disappointed. Not only did we get the opportunity to enjoy the mangroves and continue out into the Gordon River but when we returned we were given the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their animals (an... More 

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Northern Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My sister in law and I went for the first time and we really enjoyed it. The boat ride is well worth doing. We had a great captain and saw several different kinds of herons. The pelican enclosure is very nice too.

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GregWConservancy, Manager at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, TreeSprite! I'm glad you and your sister-in-law had a great time! More 

Naples, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife (Shelly) and I went on the electric boat ride and it was amazing! We had boat captain Rick Hensley take us out and he was informative and pleasant. He was also incredibly knowledgeable about Florida's unique environment! I highly recommend going on his boat (they have several) as he is a top notch guide and captain! Frankie Tedesco

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GregWConservancy, Manager at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this review

We agree! Hensley is the man, for sure. We're glad to hear to had such a great and informative experience on the electric boats! More 

Louisville, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida presents many aspects of the unique southwest Florida environment. The flora, fauna and animals of the Everglades are not found anywhere else in the world and the Conservancy is dedicated to both helping maintaining this unique treasure and presenting it to visitors for their education and delight. A visit to the Conservancy is a delight... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Terrific, very well funded, renovated facilities with a great dedicated professional staff and docents to die for. Most if the many volunteers are professionals now retired to the area from a wide swath of the US. There passion.shines in the experiences that range from seeing veterinarians rehab injured wildlife to nature cruises on bird-loaded Rookery Bay.

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Florida
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

On Goodlette, south of Golden Gate Pkwy, just after the Zoo entrance ..... The Conservancy is smallish but they pack everything in that there's ti know to impact you ! The Dalton Ctr exhibits are informative if you take time to read & look. The mid-morning is feed time and that's an expierence to watch. Native Florida as it was... More 

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Oak Lawn
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14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Difficult to find until you know where to look. Enter the Conservancy through the south end of the Naples Zoo parking lot. The address won't get you there. Take the boat ride past some old forested areas. Egrets, Blue Herons everywhere you look. Visit the hospital where they care for sick and injured wildlife. Very helpful, cheerful docents. We had... More 

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Florissant, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We were only there for the electric boat ride, but most enjoyable. The quiet motors allowed us to cruise by eagle and osprey nests built on marine navigational signs. This time of year, you might get to see chicks in the nests. If you wish to see a rookery filled with pelicans and egrets, take a later cruise. Photographers, at... More 

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