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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.

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

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 the Florida Master Gardener program and 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
(863) 668-4673 ext. 204

Second Grade Water, Wings and Wild Things KIDS Festival 2019

Water, Wings, and Wild Things Kids Festival

During this one day event, students will spend their time learning about local natural resources, featuring the upper Peace River Watershed through marsh tours of the head waters, learning about native and invasive species of plants and animals. Presentations, music and educational exhibits such as a Hands-on Wildlife Safari for habitat loss, butterfly tent with craft activity, science/math careers and LIVE wildlife demonstrations are examples of what will be exhibited to highlight Polk County’s natural resources. The event coordinators, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, Parks and Natural Resources Division, strive to provide vendors that help students understand some common conservation issues in the Upper Peace River Watershed and in turn promote personal responsibility from these students for their watershed. Vendors will be positioned along the trails and in our Nature Center Buildings. Funding assistance provided by Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program made this event possible.

Dates & Times:

January 17, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Additional Information:


Registration will be available on Eventbrite for FREE BUSING and BUS COST TO SCHOOL.

To register for FREE BUSING: Register for Free Busing

To register for BUS COST TO SCHOOL: Register for Bus Cost to School

Tickets are limited so act fast.

Contact Person:

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
(863) 668-4673

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.

A decade ago, amid the restored wetlands surrounding the northwest side of Lake Hancock, arose Polk's Nature Discovery Center. While the Nature Discovery Center and Circle B are popular destinations, they aren't the end of Polk's environmental legacy. They are a part of the Environmental Lands Program. This program began as a citizen-driven grassroots effort in the early 1990s that promoted funding environmental lands acquisition and management to protect water, wildlife and wilderness resources. Through its 20-plus year history, the program acquired, preserved, protected, managed and restored endangered and environmentally sensitive lands, water resources and important wildlife habitats. The program was made possible through a now expired self-levied tax.

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:

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

October Date and Time TBD to Lakeland Highlands Scrub
October 2018 Excursion - Excursion sign up COMING SOON!

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

Contact Person:

Cassie Arsenault
Natural Resources Educator
(863) 668-4673 ext. 204

Polk's Nature Discovery Center
At Circle B Bar Reserve

Location:4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL 33803

Phone Number:(863) 668-4673

Fax Number:(863) 668-4677

Discovery Center Hours


Hours of Operation:9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Hours of Operation:12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Trail Hours


Hours of Operation:6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Standard Time)

Hours of Operation:5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Daylight Savings Time)