Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland offers a variety of nature based activities for all ages. You do not want to miss out on any of the fun family friendly activities offered to local residents as well as people enjoying a Central Florida vacation. 

Sign up for a tram tour, a workshop and our Nature Fun Day or just get outdoors and enjoy Polk’s Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness. Nature Tour sign ups begin on the first working day of each month; to sign up please stop by the reception desk or call 863-668-4673 ext. 205.

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, January 3 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 am 

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and 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 the group needs a couple of more hands to keep pushing forward.  

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Friday, January 5 from 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest on our property.  Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Lake Region Audubon Hike

  • Saturday, January 6 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lake Region Audubon Society will begin periodic bird hikes at Circle B Bar Reserve led by the Bird Club. For more information, e-mail birdclub@lakeregionaudubon.org  or call Bob Snow at 863-712-3878.

Family Friendly Fishing Event at North Walk in Water Creek

  • Saturday, January 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

The Polk County Environmental Lands Program is hosting a family-friendly fishing event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Polk’s Nature Discovery Center.  The FREE event will be held at North Walk in Water Creek, located at 11695 Fl-60, Lake Wales, 33898. Online registration is required. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation will be supporting the event with a limited supply of fishing equipment to use – or bring your own!

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Sunday, January 7 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Tuesday, January 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest on our property. Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Guided Bird Hike

  • Wednesday, January 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up. Join our volunteer guide on a hike through the Marsh and learn about the birds of Circle B Bar Reserve. This will be a great time of year to bird watch at Circle B Bar Reserve, so do not miss out on this hike. Bring binoculars and a camera, because you never know what birds will be stopping in at the Marsh. Limit 10 people.

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, January 10 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 am 

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and 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 the group needs a couple of more hands to keep pushing forward.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

All About Alligators

  • Thursday, January 11 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Presented by Amanda West, Biologist, Alligator Management, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Presentation brought to us by Sierra Club

Start the New Year with an engaging learning opportunity. Amanda West, FWC biologist, will bring a live alligator ambassador to support her presentation on alligator biology and how to co-exist with this iconic, keystone species reptile. Bring your questions and join the discussion.

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Friday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

*Requires sign up. Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest on our property. Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.

DIRT DAY - The Four Seasons of Family FUN

  • Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This is a FREE event for children ages 5-12. Learn about Florida's native reptiles with a presentation and animal ambassadors from Lake Louisa State Park.  Participants will enjoy hearing about the importance of native reptiles and learn about their unique characteristics. 

Parents should sign their children up at eventbrite.com. All children must be accompanied by their caring adult.  This event is sponsored by Friends of the Parks and the Florida Master Gardner's.

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Sunday, January 14 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, January 17 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 am 

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and 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 the group needs a couple of more hands to keep pushing forward.

Photography Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Wednesday, January 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest on our property. Bring your cameras and enjoy the activity with the interconnections of water, wildlife and wilderness.  A volunteer guide will point out plants, birds and the history of the property. Limit 9 adults.  

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Lake Region Audubon Hike

  • Saturday, January 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lake Region Audubon Society will begin periodic bird hikes at Circle B Bar Reserve led by the Bird Club. For more information, e-mail birdclub@lakeregionaudubon.org  or call Bob Snow at 863-712-3878.

Arbor Day Tree Planting: Volunteer Work Day

  • Saturday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Come celebrate this HUGE community event for Florida’s Arbor Day with staff by helping plant 1000 cypress trees at Circle B Bar Reserve. This tree planting event is a learning opportunity to get families involved in the environment and conservation of our natural resources.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite shovel, gloves, hat and sunscreen.  Hot dogs and drinks will be provided after the event.  

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Saturday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 21 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Tuesday, January 23 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up. Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest on our property. Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.

Poster Image for Drawn to Central Florida Nature and Outdoors

Alligator Walk

  • Wednesday, January 24 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

*Requires sign up. Learn about the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), a keystone species of Circle B Bar Reserve. January is a great time to observe alligators and learn their behavior, so do not miss out on this guided hike. Bring binoculars and a camera, because you never know what gators you might see on this hike.

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, January 24 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 am 

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and 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 the group needs a couple of more hands to keep pushing forward.

Guided Bird Hike

  • Wednesday, January 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up. Join our volunteer guide on a hike through the Marsh and learn about the birds of Circle B Bar Reserve. This will be a great time of year to bird watch at Circle B Bar Reserve, so do not miss out on this hike. Bring binoculars and a camera, because you never know what birds will be stopping in at the Marsh. Limit 10 people.

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Thursday, January 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 27 from 3:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday, January 28 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Nature Fun Day!

  • Saturday, January 27 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center will host FREE, monthly family-friendly educational programs around the reserve, called Nature Fun Days.  These programs are the last Saturday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and for children in grades K-5 and their families.  Stop by the Nature Center to see what crafts, activities and outdoor learning experience we have in store. 

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Tuesday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

*Requires sign up. Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest on our property. Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people. 

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, January 3 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 am 

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and 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 the group needs a couple of more hands to keep pushing forward.

You may also be interested in Circle B Bar Reserve, Central Florida Barbeque Festivals, Dog Day of Winter, Alafia River Rendezvous or Lakeland.