The filter marsh uses plants and settling ponds to clean the water, rather than water treatment plants and chemicals. It ensures that our site’s drainage is clean before it leaves the Nature Center rather than polluting the Gordon River and Naples Bay, greatly reducing the Nature Center’s impact on municipal systems.
Now, the filter marsh and all remaining green space on campus are protected from further development by conservation easements and LEED Sustainable Site commitment.
The trails may be short, but the bird viewing is terrific! Take a self-guided nature walk along the DeLong Mangrove Trail, the Lagoon Trail and the Hammock Trail.
A natural upland and scrub habitat, the Christopher B. Smith Preserve is home to more than 200 plant species, 70 gopher tortoises and hundreds of other animal species.
Paddle down the Gordon River and discover the hidden treasures of this brackish water habitat, which provides a perfect sanctuary for many native Florida species.
1495 Smith Preserve Way Naples, Florida 34102
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