The Preserve contains a wide variety of plants and wildlife associated with one of the oldest ecological communities in Florida. It was established in the Pleistocene era (about 10,000 years ago) on sand ridges which were deposited originally as coastal dunes. Some of the important plant and animal species in this community are saw palmetto (Serinoa repens), blazing star (Liatris tenuifolia), scrub oak (Quercus germinata), rosemary (Cerratiola ericoides) and gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus).
Hedges Family Visitors Center at The Naples Preserve is at 1690 U.S. 41 N. at Fleischmann Boulevard. The boardwalk, open from dawn to dusk daily, winds through a portion of the forest that once cloaked the low coastal ridge where the city of Naples now stands.
Interpretive boardwalk tours are available Tuesdays and by appointment. Wilderness meditation takes place at 10 a.m. Thursdays.
The center offers information on parks, preserves, sanctuaries and museums that preserve the environmental heritage of Collier County. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Events are free. 261-4290.
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