Conservancy of Southwest Florida has introduced its lineup of fall activities for Southwest Florida’s youngest conservationists through the Little Explorer Play Zone. Designed for children age 18 months to 5 years old, Little Explorer programs allow children to explore nature and discover wildlife through multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories and animal-themed crafts. No registration is required for these special programs. Throughout the programs, Little Explorers will explore the entire Conservancy of Southwest Florida campus, and will also get to meet the Conservancy’s ambassador animals.

“Environmental education is a key component of our work here at the Conservancy and is essential in shaping the next generation of conservationists,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “The Little Explorer Play Zone provides a fun-filled opportunity to learn more about the importance of wildlife and nature while instilling a lifelong commitment to protecting our water, land and wildlife.”

In the Little Explorer Play Zone, kids can crawl through a Gopher Tortoise burrow, explore a life-size Bald Eagle’s nest and participate in special Little Explorer programs. Each program presents a unique theme tied to nature and wildlife, providing learning opportunities on topics that relate to the Conservancy’s mission of protecting Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife, and future. Admission is free for members, and is included in general admission price to the Nature Center for non-members.

The Little Explorer Play Zone inside Ferguson Learning Lab is open for free play from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day the Nature Center is open. Special programs are available at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays every other week, excluding holidays. Upcoming programs include:

  • Nov. 30, 2017 – Amazing Alligators
  • Dec. 12 & 14, 2017 – The Busy Tree
  • Jan. 2 & 4, 2018 – Outstanding Owls
  • Jan. 16 & 18, 2018 – Lovely Lizards

All Conservancy Nature Center programs and events are online at www.Conservancy.org/Nature-Center. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.Conservancy.org.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and 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, 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.