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There is never a dull moment at Polk's Nature Discovery Center. Please check the event calendar regularly to see what is happening on a monthly basis. Each month at 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.

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Second Grade Water, Wings and Wild Things KIDS Festival Is Back in 2023!

During this one day event, students will spend their time learning about local natural resources, their impact on the environment, and careers in science. This fun and educational festival is designed to correlate with second grade NGSS Science Standards, engage students in outdoor activities available in central Florida, and provide a memorable outdoor experience. Polk County's natural resources will be highlighted through live animal presentations, crafts, career demonstrations, and tram tours. The event coordinators, Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division, strive to provide vendors that help students understand some common conservation issues in the Upper Peace River Watershed and promote personal responsibility from these students for their watershed.

Dates and Times

  • Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How to Sign Up

Registration opens on November 1, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

To sign your school up to participate in this event, you must register through one of the Eventbrite links provided below.

Tickets are limited, so act fast!

For questions, please contact us at (863) 668-4673, or email

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 Dirt Day. 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 and Times

  • Fall - Rad Reptiles: Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Winter - Terrific Trees: Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Spring - Fantastic Frogs: Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Summer - Powerful Pollinators: Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Additional Information

  • The event will start in the classroom 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.


Eric Eversole
Natural Resources Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program
Office Phone(863) 668-4673 ext. 204

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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.