Veterans FREE Admission Memorial Day Weekend!
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center is offering free admission on Memorial Day Weekend to all active and retired military on May 23, 24, 25 and 27. (Conservancy Nature Center is closed on Sundays, including 5/26/13.) Valid military ID is required. Regular admission prices apply to all guests.
Nature Center Now Open!
While the dust is still settling, you can enjoy the Dalton Discovery Center, take an electric boat ride from the Allyn Family Lagoon and Dock, rent a kayak, view visiting wading birds at the Shotwell Wavering Family Filter Marsh and perhaps spot some resident gopher tortoises from the gazebo overlooking the Christopher B. Smith Preserve.
Open Monday – Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Conservancy members enjoy FREE admission for one year and have early bird access to the Conservancy Nature Center at 9 AM. Join today and enjoy all the membership rewards.
von Arx Wildlife Hospital
IMMEDIATE CARE FOR SICK, INJURED AND ORPHANED NATIVE ANIMALS.
The von Arx Wildlife Hospital replaced the old and dilapidated Wildlife Clinic. This 5,000 square foot facility, powered by geothermal, solar and LED lighting and an energy management system, provides a sterile environment and separate recovery wings for various species to decrease stress on the animals. The new building, a full time veterinarian and operating room, provide animals a better chance to be released back into the wild. Part of the Nature Center experience includes viewing the recovering birds at the Windfeldt Shorebird Pool between 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, observing baby animals 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM and a 3:00 PM “A Wild Life” program at the Shorebird Pool behind the Wildlife Hospital.
Summer Camps Quickly Filling
Three new programs for 2013! Camps are designed for graduates of grades K-8 of the 2013 school year. Sign up today. Learn more
Preventing injury to wildlife is the best way to help them survive. Click here for 14 tips on keeping wildlife safe and click here to learn about the dangers of feeding wild animals.
EPA Petitioned to Keep Slime Out of FL Waters
Concerned Floridians told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on January 17 that the continued slime outbreaks in the state’s public waterways are harming Florida’s tourism business, contaminating drinking water, killing wildlife, and repeatedly threatening public health. They joined together in a public demonstration and urged the EPA to stay strong and enforce the Clean Water Act, despite pressure from polluting industries. View the initial media coverage here.
Conservancy Now Four-Star Charity Navigator
Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been awarded Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is America's largest and most respected independent evaluator of charities. Read more here.
The Value of Clean Water
In 1998 the EPA adopted the Clean Water Action Plan, which stated that excessive nutrient pollution results in potentially harmful algae blooms or outbreaks leading to declining oxygen levels. This condition creates an imbalance among aquatic species, public health risks, and a general degradation of the aquatic resource. Read how Florida is NOT preventing slime in our waterways and the implications to Florida's economy. Read More.
Tax-Deductible Furniture Donations
Are you redecorating or down-sizing? Do you know of any friends who are? The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Upscale Furniture and More Resale Store is the perfect place to consign or donate those gently used furniture and accessories. Plus, furniture donations are tax deductible! More information is here.