NAPLES — It was a great day for families to visit Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Part this Saturday, March 19, 2011.
The Wiggins Pass Nature Festival was underway with many exhibits and children’s activities ranging from animal displays, face painting, jewelry design and an abundance of educational literature along with highly knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
Spunky, a Mexican green iguana from Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Naples proved a favorite. The brightly colored animal delighted visitors to the event, put on to educate youth and adults about Florida’s natural areas and native wildlife.
Funds raised by the festival will aid in the replacement of all barbecue grills throughout the park. Future plans are to extend and enhance the boardwalk in a manner that visitors enter different eco systems as they stroll through the park.
The main focus of the event is to educate youth and adults about Florida’s natural areas and native wildlife. Rookery Bay, Calusa Nature Center, Corkscrew Sanctuary and Kowiachobee Animal Preserve were just a few of the many exhibits on display.
Visitors like Luis Carbone, 6, and his father Harrison got the chance to try their casting skills at the Fishing with the Rangers exhibit, while Jenna Hampton, 5, sketched in a wild animal coloring book and gently stroked a box turtle.
Joyce Simpson from the Calusa Nature Center manned the group's display and explained to visitors how the center gives a home to handicapped animals.
Officer Felix Collazo of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commision K-9 unit, came with partner Jasmine, a 6-year-old German short hair pointer, while Officer Bryan Barringer brought a 1-week-old alligator.
There were numerous nature and educational exhibits, children’s games and a variety of other activities.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is located at 11135 Gulfshore Drive in Naples. Entrance fee into the park is: pedestrians $2 each, cyclists $2 each, auto with one person $4 and auto with passengers $6.
For more information call 239-597-6196 or visit delnorwiggins.org.