Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, features nature trails and daily programs. Of interest is the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, an active animal nursery with an outdoor exhibit and an indoor viewing window. The Dalton Discovery Center features a 5,000-gallon aquarium and hands-on displays including a touch tank where visitors can get an up-close look at native animals. The Little Explorer Play Zone offers an interactive environment for families. Visitors may take a 45-minute narrated electric boat tour on the Gordon River. Seasonal guided kayak tours also are available by advance reservation.
Special events, environmental lectures and programs and Cinema Saturdays are offered.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.