Upcoming Programs and Events

Landkeepers L.A.B. Series: Learning About Biota

Are leaves really green?

Landkeepers L.A.B.

Dates: Saturday January 15th, 2022
Time: 9:00am-10:00am  & 11:00am-12:00pm

We invite all budding artists and scientists to come and explore the question:  Are leaves really green?  Learn about the rainbow of colors inside plants!

** Ages 8-12 **

*Free to participate but reservations are required and space is limited.

Native Butterfly Count

Native Butterfly Count

Dates: Saturday January 29th, 2022
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Join a research team in tracking native Florida butterflies as our newly planted pollinator gardens grow! Great for ALL ages!!

*Free to participate but registration is required.

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.


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.


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.


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.