Plan Your Visit

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has announced a monumental $4.5 million renovation and expansion of its Susan and William Dalton Discovery Center, which will add new interactive exhibits and galleries exploring areas of critical importance to the region.

Nature Center Location

Hours

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed on Sundays April - December
Open Sundays noon – 4 p.m. January – March

Admission

Adults - $14.95
Children - $9.95 (ages 3-12)

Members FREE. Become a member today!

 

What To See and Do

Daily Programs

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Group Tours

GUIDED NATURE CENTER TOURS

PRICE: $249 PER GROUP

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 20 PEOPLE PER GROUP

With a Naturalist guide, encounter live animals in the Dalton Discovery Center, enjoy a narrated electric boat cruise on the Gordon River, and take a peek into the von Arx Wildlife Hospital where we care for over 3,200 wild animals per year. During your visit, you’ll learn about the Conservancy’s mission to protect our water, land, and wildlife, and how you can get involved. Group tour participants also receive a 10% discount in our Nature Store.

For Guided Tours: Contact info@conservancy.org or 239.213.2500.

Guided Tour Details
  • Tour length: 2.5 hours
  • Group size: Groups are up to 20 people. More than 20 guests will require an additional guide
  • Reservations required. Based on availability. Please call 239.213.2500.
Electric Boat Ride Information

Free with Nature Center admission. All aboard from the Allyn Family Dock! Take a leisurely, informative and fun 45-minute cruise along the beautiful Gordon River here in Naples.

Rides subject to tides, wind and weather

Departure times:

Monday - Saturday | 10 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 3 p.m.

Sundays through March | 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 3 p.m.

This is a perfect way for families, nature lovers and boaters to enjoy a unique experience on the water. Our trained guides will point out the natural beauty surrounding the Conservancy Nature Center and you may even spot a manatee or two!

Electric boat tours are frequently cited as visitors’ favorite part of the Nature Center experience!

PLEASE NOTE: Passenger capacity is limited. Due to insurance purposes, all children must be supervised by an adult and must be older than two years of age. Scheduled field trip participants receive first boarding priority.

Conservancy Club members at the $250 level and above can make advance boat tour reservations.
239.213.2500 | JOIN OR UPGRADE TODAY
Visitor Tips

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center has indoor and outdoor exhibits for guests to enjoy.  Because it can get very hot and rainy in Southwest Florida, we recommend preparing with:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Consider wearing a hat or visor
  • Bring your own water and snacks
  • A camera! There are many opportunities to photograph wildlife. We encourage you to post your pictures on our social media sites.

FOOD SERVICE

Food service at the Nature Center is limited to vending machine beverages and snacks ranging from water, juice and sodas to pretzels, granola bars and candy. Guests are welcome to pack a lunch and enjoy our picnic tables.

NON-SMOKING FACILITY

For your health and safety, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a non-smoking facility. This includes all staff, volunteers, guests and vendors. 

PETS

Please keep your pets at home or with a friend while visiting the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center.

Little Explorers - Pre-K Programs

PRE-K PROGRAMS - BEST FOR KIDS 18-MONTHS TO 5-YEARS-OLD

Bring your little ones to our Little Explorer Play Zone to participate in multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories, and crafts. You will have the opportunity to learn about topics that relate to our mission of protecting Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife, and future. Little Explorers will also get to meet ambassador animals and explore the entire Conservancy campus!

No registration is required to join in the fun.

All programs begin at 10 a.m.

Members | Free

Others | Standard Nature Center Admission

FEBRUARY - LAND ANIMALS

THE GROUCHY LADYBUG

February 13

Help our ladybug friend tell time as she goes on a wild adventure! Make your own ladybug clock craft so you can follow along with the story!

OOPSIE OTTER

February 20

Join us in reading about Oopsie Otter and her playful pals! You otter be ready to dance and play, as we will sing silly songs and act just as an otter would while slipping through our rivers!

BEAR CROSSINGS

February 27

Come hike our trails through the eyes of a Florida black bear as we move like a bear and search for food. Explorers will also paint bear tracks and compare them to their own! We can bear-ly wait for you to join us!

MARCH - BUGS

*No program Thursday, March 5. Nature Center Closed.

BUGS BUGS BUGS

March 12

Bees and butterflies are both flying insects, but they each have their own unique characteristics. Did you know bees have a special way of communicating with each other using dance? Or that almost all butterflies have symmetrical patterns on their wings? Come learn the science of these crazy critters with a healthy dose of music, dancing and art.

CREAKY CRICKETS

March 19

Get familiar with our native Florida insects and learn that there’s nothing creepy about these crawlies! Little Explorers will get a hands-on look at what it’s like to be an entomologist by finding, catching, and identifying insects from our pretend bug habitat.

I LOVE BUGS!

March 26

Learn which bugs fly, crawl, and jump and then move like your favorite bug! Sort and match our bugs and make a bug craft of your very own.

FAQs

Can I leave and return?

Yes, your wristband is good for the entire day of purchase.

Where are you located? Do you have more than one location?

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida headquarters is in the heart of Naples, just south of Golden Gate Parkway along Goodlette-Frank Rd. We share a parking lot with The Naples Zoo.
1495 Smith Preserve Way
Naples, FL 34102

Seasonally, we offer an eco-cruise in Rookery Bay and Free Nature Walks at two Collier County locations.

Click here for more information:
Nature Walk Information
Good Fortune II Eco Cruise Information

Is the von Arx Wildlife Hospital open to the public?

Wildlife patients must have limited exposure to humans in order to survive when they return to the wild. However, we offer guests a variety of exhibits to teach about wildlife injury prevention.

Learn more about the wildlife hospital

Is Conservancy accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, we are ADA Accessible. We are wheelchair (and stroller) accessible. Please view our map for reference.

Is there food on campus?

Food service at the Nature Center is limited to vending machine beverages and snacks ranging from water, juice, and sodas to pretzels, granola bars, and candy. Guests are welcome to pack a lunch and enjoy our picnic tables. 

Are you affiliated with The Nature Conservancy?

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida IS NOT “the local chapter of The Nature Conservancy.” The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is an independent, regionally-based environmental organization with a focus on the water, land, wildlife and future of our five-county area, dependent almost totally on local philanthropic support. While we share a similar name, we are not affiliated with The Nature Conservancy. While in many instances we are aligned, and we appreciate their many contributions to conservation, we are not formally nor financially connected.

Are you a part of The Naples Zoo?

While we are located in close proximity to The Naples Zoo, we are separate organizations. We do partner on topics ranging from Burmese pythons research to Florida panther habitat. We also host joint events from time to time for our members and the community.

Is the Conservancy of Southwest Florida more than just a Nature Center?

Yes! The Conservancy Nature Center is the gateway to our mission. For more than 55 years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been a leading environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the water, land, wildlife and future of our five-county area. The Conservancy uses the synergy of four teams to meet this mission. These teams include: Science and Research, Policy and Advocacy, Environmental Education, and Wildlife Rehabilitation. This combination of expertise is unique to the Conservancy and enjoys a widespread reputation for excellence. Learn more about our work here.