Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve, a popular Central Florida attraction, 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 that Circle B Bar Reserve, in Lakeland, has planned this November. During your Central Florida vacation, sign up for a tram tour, a workshop or just get outdoors and enjoy Polk County's Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness.

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center will be closed November 23-26; the trails will remain open from sun up to sun down as usual. Portable restrooms are available near the parking lot. 

If you're unfamiliar with this Central Florida attraction, visit Circle B Bar Reserve in our Top 10 section.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Invasive Plant Removal

8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 1

Requires sign up.  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 we just need a couple of more hands to keep pushing forwards!  

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.

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Friday, November 3

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.  

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.

Lake Region Audubon Hike

8:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 4

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.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 5

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 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

8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 8

Requires sign up.  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 we just need a couple of more hands to keep pushing forwards!  

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.

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 9

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.  

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.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

New Wales Gypstack/Sinkhole

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 9

Presented by David B. Jellerson, PE, Senior Director, Environmental & Phosphate Projects, Mosaic, Presentation by Sierra Club

In September 2016 a giant sinkhole formed in one of the New Wales phosphogypsum stacks.  Floridians, especially close residents, were very concerned about the discharge of contaminated water into the aquifer.

Notification rules have been changed, wells have been monitored (for a time bottled water was supplied to residents) but concerns remain.  How many stacks are there?  Lined vs. unlined stacks?  What are the impacts to Central Florida's karst geology and water quality?  Bring your questions and join the discussion. 

Program starts at 7:00 - covered dish dinner at 6:30 (if you wish to participate, please bring a dish to share, and bring your own drink and utensils).  Bring a flashlight for the parking lot.

Sierra Club Planting

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 11

Contribute to our jewel of Nature Education, the Nature Discovery Center, at Circle B Bar Reserve.  This outing we are beautifying the grounds by planting native trees such as green ash.  Folks learn about native plants and enjoy the company of like-minded people. To participate please RSVP by contacting Andy Quinn, (863) 683-9600 or email abquinn2010@gmail.com

This event is open to everyone, even non Sierra Club members.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 11

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. 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 12

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 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

8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15

Requires sign up.  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 we just need a couple of more hands to keep pushing forwards!  

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.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, November 17

Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest.  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.

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.

Lake Region Audubon Hike

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 18

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.

Astronomy Night

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 18

The Imperial Polk Astronomical Society will be hosting Astronomy Night, focusing on the August Solar Eclipse.  Society members were scattered across the county to see the eclipse and will present pictures of totality, as well as talk about the experience. As always, “the show goes on” rain or shine; weather permitting they will turn their scopes toward the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy the Double Cluster and much more.

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 18

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. 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 19

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 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.

Guided Bird Hike

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22

Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the property at Circle B Bar Reserve with a volunteer guide who will point out site specific and migratory bird populations that are a part of this “Wildlife Corridor”. Although photo opportunities may become available, please stay with the Guide and group throughout the duration of the program. Limit 8 people. 

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.

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Invasive Plant Removal

8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22
Wednesday, November 29

Requires sign up.  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 we just need a couple of more hands to keep pushing forwards!  

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.

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, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction, ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival or Munn Park Extravaganza Gardening Show.