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:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Marshall Hampton Reserve, 3115 Thornhill Rd., Winter Haven, March 2018 Excursion - Guided Butterfly Hike - Please call (863) 668-4673 ext. 205 to register. Registration is required. Limit is 12 people.
Sunday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Colt Creek State Park
April 2018 Excursion - Gopher Tortoise Program -- Sign up by calling the Colt Creek Ranger Station at (863) 815-6761. Reservation is required. This program is free with regular park admission.
*Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to Hickory Lake Scrub, Crooked Lake Sandhill and Ridge Audubon
May 2018 Excursion - Wildflowers hike sign up COMING SOON!
*June Date and Time TBD to Peace River Hammock
June 2018 Excursion - Kayak Excursion sign up COMING SOON!
*Monday, July 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to Crooked Lake Prairie
July 2018 Excursion - Hike and Kayak Excursion sign up COMING SOON!
*Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to Stokes Preserve
August 2018 Excursion - Kayak Excursion sign up COMING SOON!
*September Date and Time TBD to Crooked Lake Sandhill
September 2018 Excursion - Botany hike sign up COMING SOON!
*October Date and Time TBD to Lakeland Highlands Scrub
October 2018 Excursion - Moth/Bat Night hike sign up COMING SOON!
November Date and Time TBD at Circle B Bar Reserve
November 2018 Excursion - sign up COMING SOON!
Natural Resources Educator
863.668.4673 x 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
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.
Natural Resources Educator
863.6684.673 ext. 204
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.