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.

  • Water Adventures in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
    The pursuit of water recreation along Florida's Paradise Coast can take you on an airboat ride through the Everglades, paddling among the Isles of Capri or parasailing off Vanderbilt Beach. You ca... Read More >
    Gliding through the Everglades
    It’s not every day you get a chance to see a bull alligator in the wild up close. But here he comes, slinking towards our wooden skiff as we glide through a pristine swamp in Big Cypress Nationa... Read More >
    Must-See Bird Watching in the Naples Area
    The morning began with a limpkin salute. It greeted us from the boardwalk railing at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, calling out its woeful song. Then the warblers came to life, bringing a cheerful no... Read More >
    Earth Day Celebrations in the Naples Area
    Twenty million people took part in the first ever Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 1970. It had such an impact that important federal environmental laws emerged, including the Clean Air, Clean Water... Read More >
    Top Spots for Viewing Wildlife
    That alligator was not going to budge. Its obstinacy surprised me nearly as much as its presence as I approached the boardwalk at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park that cool December morning. Nor... Read More >
  • Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It will be a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling exhibitions and performances.
    Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beau... - 2:33 Play
    Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It will be a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling exhibitions and performances.
    Explore Florida's Paradise Coast
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    Explore Florida's Paradise Coast
    Explore Florida's Paradise Coast
    The Jewel of the Everglades
    A 6-minute video by Jay Staton and Patrick Higgins leads you through the Fakahatchee. As you explore the wonderland of the foliage and wildlife, Patrick’s narration gives a Naturalist’s overview of th... - 6:00 Play
    The Jewel of the Everglades
    A 6-minute video by Jay Staton and Patrick Higgins leads you through the Fakahatchee. As you explore the wonderland of the foliage and wildlife, Patrick’s narration gives a Naturalist’s overview of the Fakahatchee Preserve State Park vast landscapes.
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