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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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
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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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Good place to learn about area ecology

Knowledgable volunteers. Everyone friendly. Excellent boat tour, education center. Exhibits well done. A great place to take kids.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Andrew P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Knowledgable volunteers. Everyone friendly. Excellent boat tour, education center. Exhibits well done. A great place to take kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Due to the avoidance of water activities, we looked for and tried everything in town and this was truly a pleasure! My children have a heart for animals and their rehabilitation and so this was just their cup of tea! We learned so much about different native animals. We also got a private viewing of the nursery just by chance!... More 

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New Prague, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a friend after taking the lunch/boat tour. Stan's information about the Gordon River & surrounding mangroves was so interesting. Nice lunch then at Wahoo's River Bar & Grill. The exhibits are beautiful and provide great environmental education at a level where young & old can both understand.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can't find a better place to understand why people love SW Florida and it's land, wildlife, water, and it's future. Enjoy the Hospital, the Discovery Center, take a electric boat ride and just learn about SW Florida in all it's glory!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If I live in Naples, would be a voluntary at Conservancy, for sure. If you are a nature and animal lover, you should know this place. The mission, the way it was created and developed, mangrove preservation by man hand, animals care and training to be integrated in their habitat, the educating self guided tour with voluntary crew support, all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited midweek in July - hot as all get out. Took the boat ride, there were no manatee in the lagoon. The trip through the mangroves was pretty cool, we learned quite a bit about the mangroves from our guide. But we didn't see much wildlife. Once you get out of the mangroves, there is ALOT of development happening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last time we visited was 12 years ago - what a change, new buildings fantastic animal hospital and the same ethos as before - protection of the ecosystem through education, lots of fun things to do and a lovely boat ride on electric boats for about 45 minutes. Volunteers very friendly and knowledgable, and staff very enthusiastic and willing to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We arrived after a trip farther south that left something to be desired. We paid the price of entry only to be disappointed again. The only good part was the boat ride although it seemed short. The hospital was very disappointing as we expected to be able to view more than just the nursery and only 2 incubators at that,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

What a great place for learning about the ecosystem of Southwest Florida. It was 12.95 for me, and my two boys (3 and 8) got in for free. They got to do a craft, go on a boat tour for 45 min, and see some animal exhibits, even touch some live sea creatures... All for free with my admission! It... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Loved this place. There is a coupon for free kids admission with paying adult on their website. Print before you go and kids will be free. We came on a weekday. I would recommend going on a Saturday during the summer months, as more than half of the place was closed to visitors when we arrived due to private tours... More 

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