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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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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Awesome place to have fun and learn!

A nice piece of nature right in the middle of naples. Plenty of things to see and do and a really good message for people to hopefully pay attention to! Go visit and learn a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A nice piece of nature right in the middle of naples. Plenty of things to see and do and a really good message for people to hopefully pay attention to! Go visit and learn a little something about the earth we live on!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was a great experience for a young child and any age of adult. We were there for the sea turtle's 2nd birthday...so fun to watch and learn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This conservancy should be emulated all over the world. The well to do Naples donators obviously care enough about their environment to create this top notch facility. Other communities should take a look. The Conservancy is rehabilitating indigenous injured birds, reptiles and mammals and walking the walk by showing that compassion and empathy to all life forms is possible, feasible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This organization is a very worthwhile aid to appreciating and improving our natural resources. In addition, on location in Naples, FL, there is a wonderful museum with displays and frequent talks that appeal to all ages. Besides viewing the exhibits, one can also take an electric boat ride through the mangroves (included in admission cost). The boat ride was the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We enjoyed the Conservancy because it was informative and fun. Lots of facts and information regarding the aquatic life, environment.. not to mention a pontoon ride. It hs grown a lot in the past few years

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This should be everyone's #1 spot to visit while in Naples. While it can be hot during the summer months, we went kayaking two Sundays ago and had nice breezes. You can watch the staff feed baby animals, shop at the store, take a boat ride, see a movie about the Conservancy or just enjoy the beautiful grounds. Become a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I took my 18 month old son to Little Explorers story time. I definitely thought the "play area" was going to be a bigger deal than it actually was, however he still had a great time! It was nice to see the wildlife exhibit and the birds and animals being nursed and rehabilitated. I love how well taken care of... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We recently visited the Conservancy. There are interesting exhibits about the animals and geology of Florida. Many exhibits highlight the water management issues of the area. We took a 45 minute boat ride along a portion of the Gordon river and some of the canals. We were able to see some birdlife and learned about the importance of preserving the... More 

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Louisville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the conservancy. It is a great place to increase one's knowledge of the environment and how we can go about making a difference for future generations.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Small but quaint with a small store and a chance to see some local animals they might be helping. Nature boat ride and kayak rentals are available, also a small observing area

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