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Protecting Southwest Florida’s unique, natural environment and quality of life... now and forever.

With humble beginnings as a group of concerned citizens who came together to defeat a proposed "Road to Nowhere" and spearhead the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay, the Conservancy has grown into a regional leader. Read our Story>>

Recent Updates

Conservancy hosting Everglades Coalition Conference
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the annual Everglades Coalition Conference at the Naples Beach Hotel Jan. 9-11th. This year’s theme is Everglades Restoration: Protecting Coastal Communities and it raises critical, timely issues for in-depth debates in an open, accessible forum. Community leaders and political figures come to discuss their positions, pledge their support and offer challenges to the community. Read more.

New York Times covers polluted Lake Okeechobee releases
Our polluted waters are getting a lot of local coverage and even bursts of national attention, including a New York Times article that highlights the Lake Okeechobee dilemma as well as its impact beyond the banks. Read the article.

Poor water condition has ripple effect

As polluted water released from Lake Okeechobee continues to rush down the Caloosahatchee River, dark dirty water plagues the beaches and threatens Southwest Florida’s greatest economic engine – tourism. Jennifer Hecker, Director of Natural Resource Police for Conservancy of Southwest Florida, wrote an op-ed on the water releases and their effects. Read the full piece here.

von Arx Wildlife Hospital
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 – 1:00 PM and a 3:00 PM “A Wild Life” program at the Shorebird Pool behind the Wildlife Hospital.

Visit the Conservancy Nature Center! 
Enjoy the Dalton Discovery Center, view recovering birds at the Windfeldt Shorebird Pool between 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, 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, view baby animals through one-way glass in the Wildlife Nursery, 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. Click here for specific times and activities.

Protecting Wildlife
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.

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.

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