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We are pleased that Melissa Saracino Volunteer Manager of the Naples Equestrian Challenge will be joining us July 26th for this workshop.  See the video below to learn more about what they do.

George Luther and Deb Hanson from CREW - The Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed

will talk about an exciting apportunity to: Provide adults, who are typically housebound, access to, and interaction with, the great outdoors and the natural beauty of the Bird Rookery Swamp during a one hour guided nature tour.

The tour would consist of a very slow stroll conducted by a trained naturalist and two assistants over a course that consists of hard-packed crushed shell/limestone (0.25 miles) and a boardwalk (0.30 mi). The subject matter will include: observing natural surroundings including plants, flowers, trees, water features, birds, mammals, reptiles, and butterflies. In addition, the naturalist will provide stories connected to the surrounding natural environment and history of the area.

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 Meryl Rorer from Collier County Parts and Recreation will be with us:

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Nancy Smith and the Shy Wolf Sanctuary have been friends of the Support Network.  We hope they will continue to be a unique attraction available to the public.



Things to do in Collier County

By Collier Citizen Staff   Tuesday, July 3, 2007

With a vast variety of natural and historical attractions, Collier County can accommodate even the tightest family budget or schedule. Many attractions are free.

Set aside a Saturday and check out the fun in Collier County’s own back yard. If you’ve never visited the Everglades or taken time to check out the local museums, there is no better time than the summer months, when you won’t have to stand in long lines. Some attractions also offer summer rates so it pays to ask about specials.

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE - Features the Oasis Visitor Center. Boardwalk, Scenic trails, Turner River-Birdon Road loop. Tours guided by park rangers can be arranged. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 695-1201 or

COCOHATCHEE NATURE CENTER - Features narrated boat tours. Kayak and canoe rentals. Group tours for up to 40 passengers. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tour reservations recommended. 12345 U.S. 41 N., north of Immokalee Road. 592-1200.

COLLIER SEMINOLE STATE PARK - A 4,760-acre wilderness preserve with boardwalk/nature trail, camping, hiking, canoe rentals, playground, picnic area, pontoon boat tours and historical displays. Location: 17 miles south of Naples on U.S. 41 East. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset. Admission: $4 per car. 394-3397.

CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY - An 11,000-acre preserve with boardwalk. Blair Audubon Center features six exhibits on area wildlife. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 college students, and $4 for children 6-18. Children under 6 free. Located at 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. 348-9151.

WIGGINS PASS - A 166-acre tract located on the south side of Wiggins Pass in North Naples. Picnic areas, grills, a pavilion, bath house, short nature trail and an observation deck. Open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Entrance $5 per vehicle. $1 pedestrians. Location: 11100 Gulfshore Drive. 597-6196.

FAKAHATCHEE STRAND STATE PRESERVE - Encompasses more than 80,000 acres in the Big Cypress Swamp. Big Bend Boardwalk is always open. Free admission. Scenic Drive - turn left four miles north of US 41 off SR 29. Tours can also be scheduled. 695-4593

. NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN - Corner of Bayshore and Thomasson drives in East Naples. Hours 10 a.m. -4 p.m., Wednesday- Saturday. Admission $7 adults, $4 children 6-12; Under 5 are admitted free. 643-7275 or

CONSERVANCY NATURE CENTER - Includes the Conservancy Museum of Natural History, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a butterfly garden and short trails on the 14-acre site. Hands-on exhibits, guided tours, canoe and kayak rentals, narrated boat tours. Located at 14th Ave. N., off Goodlette-Frank Road. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Admission $7.50 adults; $2 children 3-12, Free under 3. 262- 0304.

PICAYUNE STRAND STATE FOREST - More than 65,000 acres in the South Golden Gate Estates and Belle Meade area. Fishing in the area’s canals, horse back riding trails. Located one mile south of Interstate 75 on Everglades Boulevard, then right on 52nd Avenue Southeast. 348-7557.

ROOKERY BAY NATIONAL ESTUARY RESERVE - Mangrove estuary located between Naples and Marco Island. The 110,000-acre reserve with learning center. Location: 300 Tower Road. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12 , under 6 free. 417-6310 or www.rookerybay. org.

AVIARY ZOO - Home to 200-plus birds and 50 animals. Self-guided tours, picnic tables in an air-conditioned room. Nursery with baby birds. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday- Wednesday. Cost $8 adults, $4 children. Location: one mile east of Collier Boulevard on Immokalee Road. 353-2215.

KOWIACHOBEE ANIMAL PRESERVE - A nonprofit educational and hands-on learning facility in Golden Gate Estates. Home to 60-plus animals. Hours by appointment. Donations appreciated. 352-5387 or www.kowiachobeeanimalpreserve. com.

NAPLES ZOO - Animals and a botanical garden in a 52-acre setting. Guided tours at 11:30 a.m., Monday- Thursday. Primate Expedition Cruise. Restaurant, picnic area. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Location: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road N. Admission: adults 16 and up, $15.95; children 4-15, $9.95; and under 4, free. Collier residents can visit for free before 11 a.m., the first Saturday of the month with ID. 262-5409 or www.

SHY WOLF SANCTUARY - Home to wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes, fennec foxes, sugar gliders, cougars and more. Private tours and educational visits. Seven days a week by appointment only. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Call 455- 1698 for more information or shywolfsanctuary@aol.

MUSEUMS COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUM - Five acres of native gardens and showcases early Naples cottages, swamp buggies and a logging locomotive. Special programs and exhibitions throughout the year. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Location: 3301 U.S. 41 E. (County Government Center). Admission is free. Donations accepted. 774-8476.

IMMOKALEE PIONEER MUSEUM AT ROBERTS RANCH - Offers the story of ranching and farming on Florida’s frontier with 19 historic structures. The museum is located off Main Street at Roberts Avenue West in Immokalee. The museum is open 8-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. 272-4856 or 658-2466.

THE KEY MARCO MUSEUM - Sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, the museum displays more than 100 objects, photos and documents and several interpretive displays that focus on Marco area pioneers. Located in the Marco Island Area Board of Realtors building, 140 Waterway Drive on Marco Island. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission is free. 642-7468.

MUSEUM OF THE EVERGLADES - Offers a unique look at Collier County’s development in the early 1920s. Originally built as a laundry to serve workers on the Tamiami Trail (US 41), the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday. Suggested donation $2. Take U.S. 41 East 32 miles to SR 29, travel south five miles to Everglades City. The museum is on the west side of the Broadway roundabout, at 105 W. Broadway. 695-0008.

NAPLES DEPOT AND LIONEL MUSEUM TRAIN DISPLAY - Visitors can view the scenic, multilevel display in action and ride the outdoor scale train. An original 1909 Soo Line caboose and 1947 club car are on site. Rides from 10 a.m.-2 -p.m., Saturdays only, through August. Admission $5 for adults and $3 children. The depot is at 1051 Fifth Ave. S., corner of U.S. 41 S. and 10th St. S. 262-1776.

SMALLWOOD STORE OLE INDIAN TRADING POST & MUSEUM - Established in 1906 as a trading post on the western edge of the Everglades, the store is on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring Seminole and Miccosukee Indian crafts and music. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days. Location: 320 Mamie St., Chokoloskee. Admission: $2.50 adults 12, $2 seniors and children. Under 12, free. 695-2989.