The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts a free Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23. The event will include live animal encounters, Kid Zone activities, electric boat tours, food trucks, BioBlitz Nature Walks, the new Learning Adventures Bus, local exhibitors and more.

“The Conservancy is happy to welcome visitors back, particularly with the reopening of our Nature Center with the $5 million renovation and expansion of the Susan and William Dalton Discovery Center with the John & Carol Walter Discovery wing,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “This event is an opportunity for the community to enjoy hands-on activities while learning more about the issues facing our natural environment and the importance of the work of the Conservancy to our quality of life in Southwest Florida.”

Scheduled programs include:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Little Explorers, for 18-months to 5-years-old
  • 11 a.m. Super Science Show with Glen Beitman
  • 11:30 a.m.: Invasive Species Talk
  • Noon: Little Explorers and Ocean Plastics, featuring Artist Pamela Logobardi
  • 12:30 p.m.: Animal Injuries Talk
  • 1 p.m.: Sea Turtle Program, featuring the Conservancy Science Team
  • 1:30 p.m.: “Science on a Sphere,” Climate Change Talk

The event will be at the Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. For information, visit conservancy.org/events/earth-day.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 57-year history focused on issues impacting water, land, wildlife and the future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.