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Visitor Information

Discovery Center Hours

Tuesday — Saturday: 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Sunday: 12 P.M. - 4 P.M.

Trail Hours

Monday — Sunday:
6:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. — Standard Time
5:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. — Daylight Savings Time

Contact

4399 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803
 863-668-4673


Polk's Nature Discovery Center and Polk County's Environmental Land Sites are the perfect place for families, school groups, teachers, adults, and other visitors to explore the outdoors and learn about our environment. Exploring connections in nature is the focus of programs and resources available. A variety of programs are designed for all ages to enhance your visit. If you are planning to bring a group of 10 participants or more, we request you schedule your visit with our office. All educational programs are always FREE! Staff, volunteers, and facilities are limited, but we will do our best to help you plan your visit. It is strongly recommended that reservations / requests are made well in advance. Regardless of what you plan to do on your next visit, we hope you have a memorable time discovering Polk's water, wildlife and wilderness.

To Register For A Self-Guided Group Program:

Please contact Cassie Arsenault (Natural Resources Educator) to register.
Email:  nreducator@polk-county.net
Phone:  863-668-4673 x 204

Online Registration

Registration is required to come onsite with a group of children.

A Self-Guided program is designed to give the teacher or group leader the confidence to inform their students of science content with already made accurate, relevant onsite activities. The teacher or group leader guides their student participants through each activity program. Below are all of the educational options to make a visit informative and engaging.

Self-Guided Visit Guidelines

Self Guided Programs

Agents of Discovery Mobile App

The Agents of Discovery Mobile App is a revolutionary, fun gaming experience, which requires players to walk a 2-mile hike to solve challenges related to the environment and the plants and animals that live at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Nature Bingo

Nature Bingo allows students to observe nature's home and make a game out of it. Be the first to find all the items in a row, column, or corner to corner.

Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom

The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom encourages children and educators to connect with nature in meaningful ways and play authentically. This play, in turn, yields to rich learning opportunities (for grades pre-K - 2 only). There are 10 engaging stations to discover including climbing/crawling, shelter building, building a bald eagles nest, the pollinator pathway, sand digging, nature art, nature building, and MORE!

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt is another alternative game to allow students to observe nature's home.

QR Code Hike

QR Code Hike (electronic device not provided by Circle B) along our 2 mile Alligator Alley trail loop, where you will use your electronic device to learn about the history of the Environmental Lands Program and discover, in more detail, the animals that live at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Other Programs or Resources

Traveling Trunks

The trunks contain hands on activities and resources that are available to be checked out taken to the classroom. Inside the trunks are all the supplies and directions on how to implement the activity. These trunks are excellent resources to reinforce classroom concepts. Created in partnership with Lakes Education Action Drive (LEAD) with funding from Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). Contact our office to checkout one of these education trunks. Appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers.

Resource Room

This room is an excellent resource for students searching for science fair projects or researching nature related projects. Located inside Polk's Nature Discovery Center exhibit hall, the room is equipped with computers and reference books. Appropriate for middle, high school, college and adults.

Instructor Workshop

Connect classroom concepts to outdoor experiences with your visits to Circle B Bar Reserve. To enhance the educational opportunity and to increase the ability to reach more people, instructor workshops will be held throughout the year. The workshops are typically one-day training on what resources are available at the Center. The training will help you get the most out of your visit whether hiking the trails, exploring the exhibit hall, using the facilities, or if you are interested in using one of the traveling trunks or existing educational publications. Appropriate for all instructors looking to visit Circle B Bar Reserve and Polk's Nature Discovery Center.