Conservancy of Southwest Florida to host Nature Cat Day May 7

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has partnered with WGCU to host Nature Cat Day, featuring PBS Kids television character, Nature Cat, on Saturday, May 7, at the Conservancy Nature Center.

Children are invited to leave their inner house cats behind and explore the natural world as the Conservancy of Southwest Florida presents a special day of activities and character appearances by PBS Kids newest television show, Nature Cat. Throughout the day, visitors will have the opportunity to learn and experience nature as they encounter animals and enjoy interactive children’s activities that are based on the popular PBS Kids show.

“Our goal at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is to help our community connect with nature, enjoy exploring its many features and grow to love protecting the world we live in,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “Nature Cat Day offers our youngest members of the community the opportunity to have a blast learning with one of their favorite television characters, and we look forward to a day of fun and discovery.”

For more information on activities and experiences available at the Conservancy Nature Center, visit www.Conservancy.org/Nature-Center.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival draws 1,200

Approximately 1,200 people came out to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on April 16 to enjoy a day of fun and celebration oPhoto 7 - Bobka-Horatiof our water, land, wildlife and future. In addition to the variety of entertainment and activities available throughout the day, the event also featured a special naming announcement, declaring that the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s newest member, its loggerhead sea turtle, will be named Luna.

Presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples Daily News and D’Latinos, the Conservancy’s largest community event of the year featured a variety of nearly 60 vendors and environmental exhibitors showcasing educational and entertaining family activities and experiences for guests to enjoy. Fun for all ages was featured throughout the event, including guest speakers, live music, live animal programs, unique exhibits, games, crafts,Photo 8 - Evan Vesely face painting and sand art. In addition to activities back by popular demand, the festival also offered many new activities, including Glen Beitman of “Super Science and Amazing Art,” an interactive edu-tainment show entitled Everglades Interactive, hands-on activities with Snapology Legos Presents “Nature’s Super Transformers,” live music from the Bug Tussle Ramblers, and a bounce house.

“This year’s Earth Day Festival was a huge success, and we really enjoyed sharing this fun and educational day with new faces, familiar friends and many Conservancy of Southwest members,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “Our annual festival provides a great opportunity for the Southwest Florida community to come together to celebrate our land, water and wildlife, and we enjoyed showcasing the many exciting features that nature has to offer, while instilling the importance of preserving its unique qualities and protecting its inhabitants to ensure that its natural beauty is upheld for generations to come.”Photo 6 - Gordon B. Eagle and Rob Moher

During this year’s event, the community had the opportunity to meet the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s new loggerhead sea turtle. The juvenile loggerhead joined the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on March 30, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida reached out to the community to help name the new loggerhead. Visitors were able to submit their ideas in person at the Conservancy Nature Center between March 30 through April 10, and a committee of staff, interns and volunteers reviewed the submissions, selecting a name for the sea turtle, Luna.

Spanish for the word “moon,” the name Luna was suggested at the Conservancy’s Nature Center in light of the sea turtle hatchlings’ trek from land to sea. When sea turtles hatch, their instinct is to crawl towards the brightest light as they make their way from their nest to the ocean, and as sea turtles often hatch at night, many hatchlings find their way to the ocean by using the light reflected off the moon. Luna will serve as an ambassador for the loggerhead species within the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, providing visitors a unique opportunity to learn Photo 4 - Geoff Kollender, Shelby Hoover and William Boyajianabout native sea turtle conservation.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida launches new website design

Conservancy LogoThe Conservancy of Southwest Florida has launched its redesigned website at www.Conservancy.org. The mobile-friendly website offers users a more enhanced website experience, providing deeper insight into its various initiatives, valued team members and the latest issues impacting Southwest Florida. The website also offers a multimedia-friendly platform that features the addition of continually updated slideshows, blogs and videos.

Featuring easy-to-access information on the organization’s mission, initiatives, programs and upcoming events, the revamped website is dedicated to providing guests an all-inclusive look into the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. In addition to learning about the many services offered at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, guests can also learn more about the organization’s Policy and Advocacy Team, Science and Research Team and Environmental Education Team, and their work within the community. With links to the organization’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, guests can easily stay up-to-date on the latest news at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about volunteer and membership opportunities, along with other ways of supporting the organization, including one-time or monthly donations and planned giving.

“The website’s new features offer our community the opportunity to learn more about who we are as an organization and what our goals are in preserving our water, land, wildlife and future in Southwest Florida,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We are pleased to offer our guests a more enhanced website experience, and look forward to sharing more about what the Conservancy does to maintain the natural beauty of the Southwest Florida community for generations to come.”

For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.Conservancy.org.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.