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All events are free, unless otherwise noted. A parking fee may apply at certain locations.
Please note: Some events require a reservation in advance.

​Date
​time
​event
​location
​Description
​March 4
6:30-7:30pm
​Conservation 20/20 in 2020: A Present and Future Vision for Land Conservation in Lee County
​Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
​Established nearly 25 years ago, Conservation 20/20 is a Lee County program to protect environmentally sensitive land for wildlife habitat, water quality, and nature-based recreation. Conservation 20/20 recently celebrated the milestone of 30,000 acres of conservation land acquired through the program. A Conservation 20/20 representative will discuss how the program has grown over the years with the acquisition of new land and what visitors can expect when they visit many of Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 preserves.
​March 5
​2:00-3:00pm
​The Water Connection: Exploring the Partnership Between Lee County Natural Resources and Conservation 20/20
​North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
​Learn how Lee County’s Division of Natural Resources partners with Conservation 20/20 to enhance the health and productivity of natural lands and water bodies in Lee County. A Natural Resources representative will discuss the success of restoration projects on Conservation 20/20 preserves that have improved water quality and species biodiversity.
​March 9
​7:30-9:00pm
​Full Moon Walk
​Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers
​Join a guide for a boardwalk tour after sunset to experience the Slough in the light of the full moon. Listen for owls and other nocturnal creatures while taking in the smell of night fragrances on this sensory walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Flashlights and flash cameras are not permitted. For ages 6 and older. Reservations are required in advance by calling 239-204-1125.
​March 10
​10:00am
​Celebration Ceremony
​Prairie Pines Preserve
18400 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, Florida 33903
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed with Guided Walks at Prairie Pines Preserve:
Walk #1: A 45-minute walk on the 1/4-mile loop trail (arrive at the event by 9:30 to reserve a spot)
Walk #2: A 1.5 hour, two-mile hike on the Yellow Trail (advance registration is required; contact Conservation 20/20 Coordinator Jason Boeckman at 239-204-1125)
​March 10
​2:00-3:00pm
​The Water Connection: Exploring the Partnership Between Lee County Natural Resources and Conservation 20/20
​Bonita Springs Public Library
10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs
​Learn how Lee County’s Division of Natural Resources partners with Conservation 20/20 to enhance the health and productivity of natural lands and water bodies in Lee County. A Natural Resources representative will discuss the success of restoration projects on Conservation 20/20 preserves that have improved water quality and species biodiversity.
​March 10
​6:30-7:30pm
​Conservation 20/20 in 2020: A Present and Future Vision for Land Conservation in Lee County
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
​Established nearly 25 years ago, Conservation 20/20 is a Lee County program to protect environmentally sensitive land for wildlife habitat, water quality, and nature-based recreation. Conservation 20/20 recently celebrated the milestone of 30,000 acres of conservation land acquired through the program. A Conservation 20/20 representative will discuss how the program has grown over the years with the acquisition of new land and what visitors can expect when they visit many of Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 preserves.
​March 14
​9:00am-4:00pm
​Southwest Florida Birding Seminar
​Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers
​Join bird experts for this daylong event exploring the science and value of birds in Southwest Florida and beyond. Speakers will present about beach-nesting birds, the behavior of woodpeckers, rare birds in Southwest Florida, and more. Cost is $35, includes lunch. Register online.
​March 16
​9:00-11:00am
​Prescribed Fire Hiking Tour
​Hickey Creek Mitigation Park
17980 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva
​Join a Conservation 20/20 guide to tour a natural area following a prescribed burn. Learn about the benefits of prescribed fire for improving wildlife habitat and increasing plant diversity. Suggested items to bring include water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and a camera. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Reservations are required in advance by calling 239-204-1125.
​March 17
​1:00-2:00pm
​Conservation 20/20 in 2020: A Present and Future Vision for Land Conservation in Lee County
​North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
​Established nearly 25 years ago, Conservation 20/20 is a Lee County program to protect environmentally sensitive land for wildlife habitat, water quality, and nature-based recreation. Conservation 20/20 recently celebrated the milestone of 30,000 acres of conservation land acquired through the program. A Conservation 20/20 representative will discuss how the program has grown over the years with the acquisition of new land and what visitors can expect when they visit many of Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 preserves.
​March 20
​9:00am-12:00pm
​Kayak Tour
​San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve
18201 John Morris Rd., Fort Myers
​Join a Conservation 20/20 guide for a tour through the mangroves at this natural beach preserve. Learn about wetland systems such as tidal swamp and sea grass beds that provide habitat for fish and a variety of resident and migratory shorebirds. Cost is $40 for the kayak rental; free for participants who bring their own kayak. Reservations are required in advance by calling 239-204-1125.
​March 21
​9:00-10:30am
​Guided Hike
​Wild Turkey Strand Preserve
11901 Rod & Gun Club Rd., Fort Myers

​Join a Conservation 20/20 guide to explore this seasonal wetland preserve, which also includes remnant structures of the Buckingham Army Air Field training base active during World War II. Suggested items to bring include water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and a camera. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Reservations are requested in advance by calling 239-204-1125.
​March 24
​10:00am-3:00pm
​Kayak Tour
Caloosahatchee Regional Park​
19130 North River Rd., Alva
​Join Calusa Blueway coordinator Mike Hammond for a guided paddling adventure along the Caloosahatchee River and Hickey Creek in Alva. Participants will launch from Caloosahatchee Regional Park to paddle along the river to Hickey Creek Mitigation Park for a picnic lunch and presentation by Conservation 20/20. Total distance is 7 miles. Degree of difficulty is moderate. Cost is $40 for the kayak rental; free for participants who bring their own kayak. All participants must pack their own lunch. Reservations are required in advance by calling 239-204-1125.
​March 25
​9:00-10:30am
​Guided Hike
​Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve
6351 Stringfellow Rd., Pine Island
​Join a Conservation 20/20 guide to explore this Lee County preserve, one of very few places to see naturalized longleaf pines. The habitat at this preserve also supports the gopher tortoise, a threatened species in Florida. Suggested items to bring include water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and a camera. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Reservations are requested in advance by calling 239-204-1125.
​March 26
​1:00-2:00pm
​Conservation 20/20 in 2020: A Present and Future Vision for Land Conservation in Lee County
​Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
​Established nearly 25 years ago, Conservation 20/20 is a Lee County program to protect environmentally sensitive land for wildlife habitat, water quality, and nature-based recreation. Conservation 20/20 recently celebrated the milestone of 30,000 acres of conservation land acquired through the program. A Conservation 20/20 representative will discuss how the program has grown over the years with the acquisition of new land and what visitors can expect when they visit many of Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 preserves.
​March 27
​2:00-3:00pm
​Florida's Amazing Birds
​Cape Coral Public Library
921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral

​Join Conservation 20/20 coordinator Jason Boeckman for a program about the fascinating lives of birds in Florida. Learn about the many resident and migratory birds you can observe during the different seasons of the year.
​April 4
​2:00-3:00pm
​Conservation 20/20 in 2020: A Present and Future Vision for Land Conservation in Lee County
​East County Regional Library
881 Gunner Rd. N., Lehigh Acres FL 33971
​Established nearly 25 years ago, Conservation 20/20 is a Lee County program to protect environmentally sensitive land for wildlife habitat, water quality, and nature-based recreation. Conservation 20/20 recently celebrated the milestone of 30,000 acres of conservation land acquired through the program. A Conservation 20/20 representative will discuss how the program has grown over the years with the acquisition of new land and what visitors can expect when they visit many of Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 preserves.



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