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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.


Polk's Nature Discovery Center 10th Anniversary EXCURSIONS

The purpose of the Environmental Lands Program is to acquire, preserve, protect, manage and restore endangered and environmentally sensitive lands, water resources, and important wildlife.

The Environmental Lands Program would like to showcase the sites open to the public with unique, guided excursions each month, starting in January.  

Dates & Times:

Online registration required.  Registration starts one month in advance.

Saturday, December 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Gator Creek Reserve
December 2017 Excursion - Guided Bird Hike (walk or horse ride) sign up HERE

*Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to North Walk-in-Water Creek
January 2018 Excursion - Fishing event sign up COMING SOON!

*Friday, February 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to SUMICA
February 2018 Excursion - Event information and sign up COMING SOON!

Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Marshall Hampton Reserve
March 2018 Excursion - Bicycle Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Colt Creek State Park
April 2018 Excursion - Gopher Tortoise program sign up COMING SOON!

*Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to Hickory Lake Scrub, Crooked Lake Sandhill and Ridge Audubon
May 2018 Excursion - Wildflowers hike sign up COMING SOON!

*June Date and Time TBD to Peace River Hammock
June 2018 Excursion - Kayak Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

*Monday, July 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to Crooked Lake Prairie
July 2018 Excursion - Hike and Kayak Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

*Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to Stokes Preserve
August 2018 Excursion - Kayak Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

*September Date and Time TBD to Crooked Lake Sandhill
September 2018 Excursion - Botany hike sign up COMING SOON!

*October Date and Time TBD to Lakeland Highlands Scrub
October 2018 Excursion -  Moth/Bat Night hike sign up COMING SOON!

November Date and Time TBD at Circle B Bar Reserve
November 2018 Excursion - sign up COMING SOON!

Online registration required.  Registration starts one month in advance.

Additional Information:















Contact Person:

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
nreducator@polk-county.net
863.668.4673 x 204


Dirt Day - the Four Seasons of Family FUN series

Come out and join us for Dirt Day - the Four Seasons of Family FUN series.  This is a FREE event for children ages 5-12.  *Have your caring adult sign you up for this event on Eventbrite.  You will not want to miss out on the family fun day at Circle B Bar Reserve!  All children must be accompanied by their caring adult.  This event is sponsored by Florida Master Gardner's and the Friends of the Parks.

Dates & Times:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Additional Information:

The event will start in the Workshop Building at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Close-toed shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.

Please dress according to the current weather conditions.

A parent/guardian must be present during the duration of the program.

Contact Person:

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
nreducator@polk-county.net
863.6684.673 ext. 204


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.