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.

  • Fishing and Boating Tips
    With such a vast system of estuaries, bays, creeks, flats, near-shore and offshore waters, and freshwater lakes and canals, it's knowing where to cast your line that can make all the difference. W... Read More >
    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 >
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    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.
    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
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