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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Latest News

Visit the Conservancy & Connect with Nature

At the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, we believe the more we can connect people with nature, the more willing they are to protect it. And our Nature Center helps us to do just that!  Watch

How leaves shaped the world: And why you should care

They are the exhale to our inhale, and the inhale to our exhale - filtering the air of CO2 and replenishing it with oxygen. Leaves are the solar powered food factories of the world. Beautiful, compact and complex, without them the world would be a very different place indeed.  Read More

Did You Know? Yellow Rat Snake

Did you know yellow rat snakes are truly arboreal? Watch this quick video with Conservancy Animal Care Naturalist Lacey Wilkerson to see just how high they'll climb to reach their prey! 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.