Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is inviting Collier County residents to visit for free on Saturday, September 25. Pre-registration is required, as the Sanctuary uses timed ticketing in order to reduce crowding at the entrance and stagger visitors along the boardwalk.
With exhibits, artwork, and bird-friendly gardens, the Blair Audubon Visitor Center serves as the gateway to a gentle, pristine wilderness with giant cypress trees that have lived here for nearly 600 years. Visitors immerse themselves in the old Florida wilderness via a 2.25-mile boardwalk that meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America.
The forest is also home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, and raptors can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.