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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

Gore Nature Education Center Hosts Open House

The Cypress Cove Landkeepers Gore Nature Education Center, in Naples, will celebrate Southwest Florida’s Precious Pollinators at the group’s Second Sunday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. on November 12. The event will be preceded by Connie Nagele leading volunteers through the Center on a butterfly count at 11 a.m., one of many she is conducting throughout the county on different dates.

Visitors will learn about nurturing and protecting the butterflies and bees essential to our local habitat via guided trail tours, viewing pollinator gardens and hearing from experts such as environmental educator Julie Motkowicz, of the Naples Native Plant Society, and the owners of Hing Family Apiary, a local business specializing in humane honeybee hive removal, pollination and honeybee products. Southwest Florida Nursery will offer a selection of native plants for those interested in learning how to plant their own pollinator gardens.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Location: 4261 40th Ave. SE. Register for butterfly count at For more information, visit