Upcoming Programs and Events

Second Sunday Special Guests

The Gore Nature Education Center is open the Second Sunday of each month from noon to 4:00 p.m. Local experts will join us to share their nature knowledge on topics ranging from beekeeping and native plants to bears and panthers. Free and no reservations required. Here’s what’s coming up:

Sunday, January 8 – Bees are all the Buzz with Hing Family Apiary

Come meet the beekeepers from Hing Family Apiary, a family-owned business in Golden Gate Estates. Learn how an adventure with bees in 4H Beekeeping & Gardening grew into a business offering live, humane honeybee hive removal services, pollination, raw honey and other honeybee products.
https://www.hingfamilyapiary.com/

 

Sunday, March 12 – Know Your Natives with the Naples Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

Did you know that how you manage your property can affect natural resources that we all treasure such as our clear stream and clean beaches? Or that many insects and wildlife depend on native plants and native plant habitats? Come learn more about the plants that we live with and why they, and the native plant communities around us are important. https://naples.fnpschapters.org/

Sunday, February 12 –All About Alligators and Bears with Ray the Trapper

Ray the Trapper attends schools, news broadcasts and community events to educate the public about these fascinating animals. His entertaining animal outreach events showcase his deep respect for these creatures and help to promote safety and conservation. https://www.raythetrapper.com/

 

Exploration Insects!

Join the Bridge to Nature educators at the Gore Nature Education Center for this five-part series exploring the fascinating world of insects! From bees and lady bugs to fireflies and grasshoppers, insects are an ideal way to teach children about science and nature.

Exploration Insect: Insect Anatomy and Behaviors

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Students become entomologists and discover what it takes to be an insect. We will play games and make a nature insect craft all while learning about insect anatomy, behaviors, and communication.

Exploration Insect: Insect Life Cycles and Survival

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Learn all about insect life cycles and what makes them unique. We will also learn about how insects have adapted to survive in their environments. We will explore the grounds of the nature center for insects and even engage in an insect camouflage activity.

Exploration Insect: Insect Movement and Senses

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Investigate how insects move from crawling vertically to flying high in the sky. We will also have fun as we explore insect senses. What’s the best way to learn? By hands-up experiments of course!

Exploration Insect: Insect Habitats and Roles in the Environment

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Discover all about insect habitats. We will learn about what role insects have in the environment and answer the question “What use do insects have in the world?”. In this fun and engaging class, we will observe insects in their natural environment and even make our own insect hotel.

Exploration Insect: Insect Inventions

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

In this class, we will invent our own insects! From the name to the design, each participant will develop a super insect that has never been discovered. We will then share our new species with the group.

Exploration Meteorology!

Join the Bridge to Nature educators at the Gore Nature Education Center to explore the exciting world of weather! Children will gain a better understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, wind and clouds, and the conditions that create hurricanes and tornadoes. Our final session will focus on climate change and how kids will save the planet. Every class will be full of interactive activities and games.

Exploration Meteorology: Earth’s Atmosphere and Measuring Weather

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Exploration Meteorology: All About Clouds and Wind

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Exploration Meteorology: All About Thunder and Lightning

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Exploration Meteorology: All About Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

Exploration Meteorology: All About Climate Change and How Kids Will Save Our
Planet

Appropriate for students ages 6-11

When: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 |  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Gore Nature Center located at 4261 40th Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Cost: $20 per participant

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