Polk’s Nature Discovery Center

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Drive down the one-mile road to the Polk’s Nature Discovery Center stopping for wildlife along the way. The center located at 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland inside the Circle B Bar Reserve. A Saw Palmetto, Beggarticks, Spanish Needle and Romerillo grow alongside the boardwalk to the center. Kiosks detail the establishment of the Reserve that was once a 1,267-acre cattle ranch.

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Artifacts in a glass case and video presentations shown in the Orientation Room in the Education Center. A Live Oak Hammock, Wetlands, Flatwoods and Sandhills are some of the habitats on display. The Exploration Lab show birds on the move, the Life Cycle of a Frog and Butterfly. An Interactive Exhibit show how Alien Invaders destroy the environment. Browse through one of the magazines or books in the Expedition Room.

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Pick up a trail map and explore the many trails in the reserve. Have a picnic or barbecue in one of the pavilions. Call the Nature Center and sign-up for a tram tour that takes people on a tour of the property. Entrance to the discovery center is free; hours of operation are on the website.

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