Community Events

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
12 Noon – 4 p.m.

Grand Opening!
Gore Nature Education Center

We’re opening the doors to the Gore Nature Education Center and you’re invited to join in the celebration. Come explore our trails, peruse our pollinator gardens and visit Dr. Gore’s original “Old Florida” Cracker- style home.

You’ll hear all about the amazing wildlife and plants that are found in some of our Southwest Florida ecosystems and enjoy crafts and activities for the whole family. Tour Dr. Gore’s former home, now our new Education Center, and learn about the life of the conservationist whose legacy Cypress Cove Landkeepers is dedicated to preserving.

Admission is FREE, but donations are appreciated.

Upcoming Events

Photography Workshops

Discover the latest techniques for capturing nature’s bounty from three of our favorite nature photographers. Classes will include brief lectures on key principles for improving your photos. Then head out to the trails to practice your skills with beautiful native plants, insects and maybe animals. Returning to the center, your instructor will review the photos taken and provide helpful suggestions. Day two focuses on “practice makes perfect” by returning to the trails for photos followed by instruction on post-processing applications that transform your photos to art.
Workshop 1

Bird's Eye View of Beautiful Southwest Florida

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, January 8 and 9, 2022
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Spend four hours each morning learning from Frank Ballatore. Frank began his love of photography in high school and over the years has honed his art shooting concerts, sports events, landscapes and now wildlife, particularly birds. You can see some of Frank’s work on his website. Frank’s photography has been featured in magazines, newspapers and galleries. He most recently volunteered to publish a 2021 “Birds of Southwest Florida” calendar to benefit Cypress Cove Landkeepers. His photography of birds is amazing and inspiring!

Workshop 2

Fabulous Photos From Shot to Finish

Dates: Saturday and Sunday February 12 and 13, 2022
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Join Kelly Bennett Wolkotten for insights into incredible photography and creative post-processing techniques. Kelly likes to combine her passions of photography and writing to bring the wonders of the world, both above and below the seas, to others. Kelly, an award winning photographer, also teaches at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She is an instructor for Adobe Lightroom and photoshop as well as other applications for artistic processing of photos.

Workshop 3

Captivating iPhone Art

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, 2022
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Susan Adams Dow hails from Miami where she teaches online courses in iPhoneography and Spanish for the University of Miami. Susan grew up in Connecticut and attended New York University for her bachelors and masters degrees in Spanish language and literature. Her mid-life career change portfolio includes numerous entrepreneurial ventures, many involved with travel, nature, animals and photography. This class is for those owning an Apple iPhone who want to be able to say “OMG, how cool is that!” Topics will include a review of the basics of using the iPhone, composition, editing and using applications to improve or create art from photos.

Together We Can Save Florida from Irreversible Damage

Southwest Florida’s unique natural treasures need to be protected against the irreversible environmental damage caused by overdevelopment. Stand with us as we work to save natural Florida.

DONATE

Your donation makes it possible for us to purchase, protect and restore the land, educate the community, and support research. Consider our many giving opportunities.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers keep our gardens blooming, trails trimmed and programs running. If you are interested in our mission and have time to share, come join our Landkeepers team.

VISIT

Explore our “Old Florida” trails, participate in our programs and savor the sights, smells and sounds of the Gore Nature Education Center. Plan your visit today.