Parks & Preserves

Collier County is home to several nature preserves, including Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, as well as state, local and private nature parks perfect for bird watching, spotting other wildlife, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, photography, fishing and boating.

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    Birding

    Look for birds, wildlife or the elusive ghost orchid in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.

  • Expand Your Environmental Knowledge and Get Involved
    A great way to enhance your vacation to Florida's Paradise Coast is to get involved. We value your strong commitment to the green lifestyle and your knowledge, talents, skills and dedication can h... Read More >
    Hike or Paddle the Paradise Coast to See Tropical Wildlife
    Tropical forests, estuaries, barrier islands, dolphins, Florida panthers and more than 200 species of birds are just a few of the many fascinating creatures you can see on the Paradise Coast. With mor... Read More >
    Get Easy Access to Nature With Trails, Boardwalks and Viewing Areas
    Exploring the Paradise Coast’s wondrous, pristine natural areas and wildlife preserves is easy and convenient with a variety of nature trails, hiking paths, boardwalks, self-guided tours and wel... Read More >
    Everglades Attractions
    Gulf Coast Visitor Center, Everglades National Park. The Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center is the only visitor center within the park that is free. The center is located on State Road... Read More >
    Bird Watching and Wildlife Spotting
    There's a good reason it's called Florida's Paradise Coast. More than 80 percent of Collier County in southwest Florida, which encompasses Naples, Marco Island and the western side of the ... Read More >
  • Big Cypress Gallery Swamp Walks
    Guided Swamp Walks Behind Big Cypress Gallery leaving every hour on the hour at Clyde's Annual Open Houses Labor Day Weekend and Presidents Day Weekend. October - March we offer Swamp Walks every Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00 make your reservations at www.clydebutchersbigcypressgallery.com or you can call Big Cypress Gallery and schedule a private walk any day of the week up to 12 people (239) 695-2428. You will have a guide to lead you into the The Big Cypress Swamp behind the swamp cottage at the Big Cypress Gallery which is a mysterious and secretive environment. There are not many people who brave the difficult swamps and cypress strands in order to understand the beauty and peace found in more than a million acres of swamps and land located in the Everglades eco-system of South Florida. The natural world of Big Cypress Swamp is a richly diverse wilderness of subtropical flora and fauna found nowhere else in our country.
    Big Cypress Gallery Swamp Walks
    Guided Swamp Walks Behind Big Cypress Gallery leaving every hour on the hour at Clyde's Annual Open Houses Labor Day Weekend and Presidents Day Weekend. October - March we offer Swamp Walks every Satu... - 1:29 Play
    Big Cypress Gallery Swamp Walks
    Guided Swamp Walks Behind Big Cypress Gallery leaving every hour on the hour at Clyde's Annual Open Houses Labor Day Weekend and Presidents Day Weekend. October - March we offer Swamp Walks every Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00 make your reservations at www.clydebutchersbigcypressgallery.com or you can call Big Cypress Gallery and schedule a private walk any day of the week up to 12 people (239) 695-2428. You will have a guide to lead you into the The Big Cypress Swamp behind the swamp cottage at the Big Cypress Gallery which is a mysterious and secretive environment. There are not many people who brave the difficult swamps and cypress strands in order to understand the beauty and peace found in more than a million acres of swamps and land located in the Everglades eco-system of South Florida. The natural world of Big Cypress Swamp is a richly diverse wilderness of subtropical flora and fauna found nowhere else in our country.
    Naples Botanical Garden Collier Greens Program
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Naples Botanical Garden’s Collier Greens program is a network that supports local school and community gardens. Co... - 5:19 Play
    Naples Botanical Garden Collier Greens Program
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Naples Botanical Garden’s Collier Greens program is a network that supports local school and community gardens. Collier Greens offers professional development opportunities; fosters dialog among school garden professionals; assists with garden development; and provides technical garden support, curriculum resources, and other materials from workshops. WHERE TO GO: Di's Dazzle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLGTZlq3HQ8 WHAT TO DO: Athletes in Paradise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6GgDzyYnyM WHERE TO DINE: Fin Bistro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJo8bPaxQOM
    Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
    The Corkscrew Swamp is an incredibly magnificent natural attraction. With its cathedral-like old growth cypress forest and abundant resident wildlife, it offers some of the best wildlife and nature vi... - 4:09 Play
    Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
    The Corkscrew Swamp is an incredibly magnificent natural attraction. With its cathedral-like old growth cypress forest and abundant resident wildlife, it offers some of the best wildlife and nature viewing and photographic experiences in the world. But when it was established in 1954, it was a remote wilderness, attracting fewer than 10,000 visitors annually in its early years. A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through four distinct environments: a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest, and a marsh. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk and a field guide and Children's Activity Book available at the admissions desk in the Blair Center allow each visitor to take the self-guided tour. Benches and rain shelters are along the trail. For those who do not wish to walk the full 2.25 miles, an optional trail shortens the walk to one mile. Volunteer naturalists are usually on the boardwalk to answer questions. Allow about 2-3 hours.
    Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Isl... - 1:46 Play
    Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. WHERE TO GO: Children's Museum of Naples https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MhKg6bWvBk WHAT TO DO: John R. Wood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_XJAITUznM WHERE TO DINE: Fish Restaurant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsOR9P2DXgo
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