The Naples Preserve is located on 9 1/2 acres at the corner of U.S. 41 and Fleischmann Boulevard. The site protects two unique Florida Upland Habitats: Pine Flatwoods and Oak-Rosemary Scrubs. Explore the 0.4 self-guided nature walk as it curves through the shaded woods. Then, sit, rest, and take in the surroundings while sitting on one of our many benches.
The Preserve offers you one of your best opportunities in Southwest Florida to see gopher tortoises in their natural habitat, along with native wildflowers, trees, birds, butterflies, rabbits, and more. The peak months for viewing wildflowers and butterflies are between August and September.
The Hedges Family Eco-Center
Here is your one-stop resource for information about the natural areas and the local history museums of Collier County. Our knowledgeable volunteer staff are more than willing to answer any quetions you might have about sightseeing advice, brochures, and local maps. While you are here, enjoy one our scheduled environmental programs or just relax with a book in our natural history resource library. You will enjoy what the Preserve and Eco-Center have to offer!
Features of the Preserve and Eco-Center
- Free Nature Walk – A fully accessible, 0.4 mile-long boardwalk through dry scrub and flatwoods. Open every day during daylight hours. Service dogs only are allowed on the boardwalk.
- Free Nature Talks – Dates, time and topics are listed below.
- Gopher Tortoises –This is one of the best places in Collier County to see them.
- Pollinator (Butterfly) Garden – An outdoor garden planted to attract our native Southwest Florida pollinators.
- Promise Globe – Write down your promise on how you will help the Earth and put it in the globe. Located in the Pollinator Garden.
- Promise Globe Link
- Picnic tables – A great place to eat while watching our native wildlife.
- Free Nature Information – Information on our Partners (listed below) along with where to hike, bike and birdwatch is available in the Hedges Family Eco-Center. Hours vary.
- A Geocaching and a Letterboxing Site
- Home of the National Champion myrtle oak tree
The Naples Preserve is free for all to visit and explore.