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Visitor Information

Discovery Center Hours

Tuesday — Saturday: 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Sunday: 12 P.M. - 4 P.M.

Trail Hours

Monday — Sunday:
6:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. — Standard Time
5:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. — Daylight Savings Time

Contact

4399 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803
 863-668-4673


There is never a dull moment at The Polk's Nature Discovery Center. Please check the event calendar regularly to see what is happening on a monthly basis. Each month at the Polk's Nature Discovery Center there are diverse ways to learn about Polk's Water, Wildlife and Wilderness. Join us in the workshop for a class or two, bring the family and participate in our Discovery kids activities, sign up for a tram tour of the property, or simply just hit the trails for some much needed time in nature.


Polk's Nature Discovery Center 10th Anniversary EXCURSIONS

The purpose of the Environmental Lands Program is to acquire, preserve, protect, manage and restore endangered and environmentally sensitive lands, water resources, and important wildlife.

A decade ago, amid the restored wetlands surrounding the northwest side of Lake Hancock, arose Polk's Nature Discovery Center.  While the center and Circle B are popular destinations, they aren't the end of Polk's environmental legacy.  They are apart of the Environmental Lands Program.  This program began as a citizen-driven grassroots effort in the early 1990s that promoted funding environmental lands acquisition and management program to protect water, wildlife and wilderness resources.  Through it 20-plus year history, the program acquired, preserved, protected. managed and restored endangered and environmentally sensitive lands, water resources and important wildlife habitat.  That program was made possible through a now expired self-levied tax.

The Environmental Lands Program would like to showcase the sites open to the public with unique, guided excursions each month, starting in January.

Dates & Times:

September Date and Time TBD to Crooked Lake Sandhill
September 2018 Excursion - Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

October Date and Time TBD to Lakeland Highlands Scrub
October 2018 Excursion -  Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

November Date and Time TBD at Circle B Bar Reserve
November 2018 -Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

Contact Person:

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
nreducator@polk-county.net
( 863) 668-4673 ext. 204


Dirt Day - the Four Seasons of Family FUN series

Come out and join us for Dirt Day - the Four Seasons of Family FUN series.  This is a FREE event for children ages 5-12.  *Have your caring adult sign you up for this event on Eventbrite.  You will not want to miss out on the family fun day at Circle B Bar Reserve!  All children must be accompanied by their caring adult.  This event is sponsored by Florida Master Gardner's and the Friends of the Parks.

Dates & Times:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Additional Information:

The event will start in the Workshop Building at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Close-toed shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.

Please dress according to the current weather conditions.

A parent/guardian must be present during the duration of the program.

Contact Person:

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
nreducator@polk-county.net
863.6684.673 ext. 204


The Workshop

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The workshop is the first building on the left as you leave the parking areas and approach the buildings. The main goal of the Center is to provide a location for people to gather and learn more about nature, conservation and local environmental issues. For this reason, the Workshop may only be reserved for environmental education and conservation topics for purposes such as but not limited to training, continuing education classes, and other environmental topic workshops.