Polk's Nature Discovery Center

Polk's Nature Discovery Center


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.



Summer Camps – 2017

A to Z Nature Camp (FREE)

If your child (ages 5 – 15) would like to explore nature and enjoy outdoor activities this summer, consider our A to Z Nature Camp Summer Program!  Our Environmental Education staff and Volunteers will provide a vast array of outdoor experiences for participants:

 Kayaking      Outdoor Obstacle Course 


  • Archery
  • Dip netting
  • Grounds beautification/native planting
  • Kayaking
  • Learning about our natural areas with the plants and animals that live here
  • Nature crafts
  • Shelter Building
  • STEM-based career exploration


Camp Dates:

WEEK 1: June 13 – June 16

WEEK 2: June 20 – June 23

WEEK 3: June 27 – June 30


Camp Information:

Ages for Participation: 5-8; 9-15

Camp Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Drop Off Time: 8:30 am – 8:55 am

Pick UP Time: 2:35 pm – 3:00 pm

Registration Step 1: (online registration starts February 7 at 1:00 pm)

A parent/guardian must first register online through Eventbrite.  This online registration HOLDS your spot, but you are not guaranteed attendance if Step 2 below is not complete.   Click on the appropriate age and week to complete the online registration.  Each online registration can be for up to 3 children at once.  Register only for ONE week-long camp for your child's (children) age group.



Registration Step 2: (Step 1 must be completed first)

For each child participant 1) complete the below form, 2) date and sign page two, 3) and return both pages to our office.  

Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Summer Camp at Circle B Bar Reserve Registration Form


Please scan and send to nreducator@polk-county.net, fax to (863) 668-4677 (Attn. A-Z Nature Camp), mail to Circle B Bar Reserve (Attn. A-Z Nature Camp) 4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL, 33803, or you may bring it into the Nature Center. If Polk's Nature Discovery Center staff does not receive the Registration Form, your child/children cannot attend camp.

Cassie Arsenault

Natural Resource Educator

Circle B Bar Reserve

Parks and Natural Resources, Environmental Lands Program


(863) 668-4673 x 204



Community groups and Summer Rec/Camp organizations can partner with Circle B Bar Reserve for our Environmental Education Program!  This FREE program allows your camp kids to have a day out in natures home; engaged in learning about the natural world around them.  Fun activities will ensue and who knows what animals your campers may observe (bobcats, birds and bats OH MY!).  Each camp participant will receive a Field Notebook to take back to camp or take home with them.  Each camp will also receive activities to bring back with them and involve their campers in alternative nature-related activities.

Camp Information:

DATES: Tuesdays-Fridays, June 13 - July 28

TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

ATTENDANCE: 120 maximum per day; 15 children to 1 adult ratio is REQUIRED; each participant MUST have a water bottle

No food concessions onsite

Contact Person

Cassie Arsenault


(863) 668-4673 x 204









The Workshop 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 trainings, continuing education classes, and other environmental topic workshops.