Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve offers a variety of nature based activities for all ages throughout the year.

A section of Alligator Alley is CLOSED until September.  Use the Shady Oak trail (0.5mi) to walk a section of Alligator Alley (0.4mi).  Total walking distance for this route is approximately 2 miles.

Due to the elevated temperatures in the summer months, Circle B will not host any scheduled public tram tours. Trails are open 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., daily. If you're unfamiliar with this area, visit Circle B Bar Reserve in our Top 10 section.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, August 2 from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9 from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 16 from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23 from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 30 from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, some water and plan to spend a couple of hours or as long as you can last – removing the Caesar weed. The work that has been done already is changing the landscape at the Reserve and staff needs a couple more hands to keep pushing forward.  

Astronomy Night

  • Saturday, August 12 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Everyone is talking about it. Everyone is asking questions. What is IT? IT is the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. On August 12th (before the eclipse), the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society’s presentation in the Workshop building will be about solar eclipses. They will tell you what to expect from it, how and why an eclipse happens, how to watch it safely, different methods for watching it, and where to go to see this one in its totality. Here in Florida, you will see a partial solar eclipse of about 80%.  If the weather is good, telescopes will be brought out after the presentation and bring the distant universe closer (in appearance).

Circle B Bar Reserve and Polk's Nature Discovery Center is located at 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland.

You may also be interested in Circle B Bar Reserve, Wildlife Watching, Nature, Hiking and KayakingColt Creek State Park or Lakeland.