The public is invited to attend the Grand Reopening Weekend Festival from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on April 20 and 21 to experience the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center and other eco-friendly activities and events. The weekend festivities include special exhibits, educational programs and speakers, including renowned oceanographer and keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Earle from National Geographic. The event includes music, games, arts and crafts, live entertainment and special activities for children and adults. Food, beverage and additional vendors will be on-site throughout the weekend as well.
Conservancy members are admitted for free to the festival. Special grand reopening admission for the weekend festival is just $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. The public can join as a Conservancy member before or at the event and enjoy special benefits during the festival. The event is free for children under 3. No onsite parking is available, as guests are asked to walk over the new Smith Preserve Way entrance. Free parking is available at Colonial Square on Goodlette-Frank Road just south of 14th Avenue, with complimentary trolley service to and from the main festival entrance. Additional parking with trolley service is located at The Commons on Goodlette-Frank Rd. south of 14th Avenue. The first 50 attendees each day receive a free Grand Reopening Weekend Festival commemorative t-shirt. The presenting sponsor for the Grand Reopening Weekend Festival is Wells Fargo. Supporting sponsors are Bank of America, Waste Management and PNC Bank.