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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


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.

A to Z Nature Camp (FREE)

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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:

  • 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

Dates & Times:

WEEK 1:  June 13 — June 16
WEEK 2:  June 20 — June 23
WEEK 3:  June 27 — June 30

Camp Time:  8:45 A.M. — 2:30 P.M.
Drop Off Time:  8:30 A.M. — 8:45 A.M.
Pick Up Time:  2:35 P.M. — 2:45 P.M.

Additional Information:

REGISTRATION IS FULL

Ages for Participation:  5 - 8; 9 - 15

Registration Step 1: (online registration starts February 7 at 1:00 P.M.)

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's) age group.

Registration Step 2: (Step 1 Must Be Completed First)

For each child participant:

  • 1) Complete the below form.
  • 2) Sign and date page two.
  • 3) Return both pages to our office.

Parks and Natural Resources Camp Registration Form

Please submit the registration form via one of the following methods:

  • Email:

    Scan and send to nreducator@polk-county.net.

  • Fax:

    Fax to 863-668-4677 (Attn. A-Z Nature Camp).

  • Mail:

    Circle B Bar Reserve (Attn. A-Z Nature Camp)
    4399 Winter Lake Rd
    Lakeland FL, 33803

  • In-Person:

    You may also bring it in to the Nature Center.

If Polk's Nature Discovery Center staff does not receive the Registration Form, your child/children cannot attend camp.

Contact Person:

Cassie Ehlendt
Natural Resource Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program
nreducator@polk-county.net
863-668-4673 x204

Summer Rec. Camps (FREE)

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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.

Dates & Times:

Dates:  Tuesdays — Fridays (June 13 - July 28)

Time:  9:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Additional Information:

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 Ehlendt
Natural Resource Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program
nreducator@polk-county.net
863-668-4673 x204

The Workshop

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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 training, continuing education classes, and other environmental topic workshops.