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Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts Mangroves and More Festival

January 28, 2009
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Mangrove Action Group will host the Mangroves & More Festival, a free educational event featuring environmental exhibits, nature walks, boat tours and activities for all ages, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can kayak the mangroves, take advantage of free electric boat tours of the Gordon River, walk the Conservancy's butterfly trail, and learn more about the mangroves, water quality and sea turtles.

The schedule for the event includes:

n 9 a.m.: Welcome

n 9:10 a.m.: Mangrove forests

n 10 a.m.: Mangrove survival

n 11 a.m.: Sea turtles

n Noon: Lunch

n 1 p.m.: Mangroves and birds

n 2 p.m.: Kayaking the mangroves

The free festival will take place at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1450 Merrihue Drive, off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North in Naples. For more information, visit

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed "Road to Nowhere" and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay.

The Conservancy is a grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region. Partnering with like-minded organizations, the Conservancy works to manage growth and protect area waters, land and wildlife. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida promotes sound environmental policies and practices based on solid scientific research while providing environmental education to residents and visitors. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center treats more than 2,400 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half back into their native habitats.



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