• NIN released: Check out his tracking data!

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  • Nature Center closed temporarily

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  • Conservancy files suit to stop Rivergrass

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Protecting our water, land, wildlife and future.


The Conservancy Science and Research Department works to enhance our understanding of ecosystems and associated wildlife in Southwest Florida.

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The Conservancy Environmental Policy and Advocacy Department ensures that our local, state and federal leaders have the tools to make informed decisions.

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The Conservancy Environmental Education team at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is active with all ages. 

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Wildlife Hospital

The Wildlife Rehabilitation team works to protect and rehabilitate native wild animals and, when possible, reintroduce them to their natural habitat.

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A Mangrove Misunderstanding

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been monitoring this system since 1999 making it one of the longest-running mangrove studies in the state. Over the decades, with multiple monitoring plots scattered throughout, we’ve worked to gain an understanding of how the forest is faring. Learn More

Gumbo-Limbo | One cool tree

The tree contains chemicals that have been used by native peoples as medicines for conditions like gout. Scientists have even extracted chemicals from the tree that have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties in animal studies. Read More.

Copely Smoak | Volunteer of the Month

In 2011, Copely and Dr. Jeff Schmid started the Mayan cichlid project. Since that time, Cope’s effort has included collecting over 700 samples for stomach analyses and he's tagged more than 600 fish for a movement experiment in Spring Creek. Read more

Latest Photos

Photos from the Conservancy team

See photographs taken on a daily basis from around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. You'll also see photos from the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, the Science Department, the Education Department, and the Policy Department.