Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Conservancy accepting vendors for Festival

Conservancy of Southwest Florida is accepting applications from vendors and exhibitors to participate in the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Grand Reopening Weekend Festival April 20-21. In addition to experiencing the new Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, the weekend festivities include special exhibits, educational programs and speakers, including renowned oceanographer and keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Earle from National Geographic, music, games, arts and crafts, live entertainment and special activities for children and adults.

The standard level vendor participation fee of $50 includes an 8 foot table, table linen and two chairs per day. For tent fees, a vendor agreement form and more information, visit www.conservancy.org/grandreopening. The deadline for applications is March 1.

The newly renovated, $20 million Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center is designed to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the water, land, and wildlife in the region.

Conservancy members are admitted for free to the festival. Special grand reopening admission for the weekend festival is just $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12.  The public can join as a Conservancy member before or at the event and enjoy special benefits during the festival.  The event is free for children under 3. No onsite parking is available, as guests are asked to walk over the new Smith Preserve Way entrance.  Free parking is available at Colonial Square on Goodlette-Frank Road just south of 14th Avenue, with complimentary trolley service to and from the main festival entrance. Additional parking with trolley service is located at The Commons on Goodlette-Frank Rd. south of 14thAvenue. The first 50 attendees each day receive a free Grand Reopening Weekend Festival commemorative t-shirt. The presenting sponsor for the Grand Reopening Weekend Festival is Wells Fargo. Supporting sponsors are Bank of America, Waste Management, PNC Bank and Walmart.

For more information on the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Grand Reopening Weekend Festival visitwww.conservancy.org/grandreopening or call the Grand Reopening Hotline at 239-430-2466.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife.  This is accomplished through the combined efforts of environmental education, science, policy, and wildlife rehabilitation. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital treats in excess of 3,200 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half of them back into their native habitats. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Nature Center is located in Naples, Fla. at 1450 Merrihue Dr., off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North. The new Nature Center entrance, Smith Preserve Way, is now open and is located just south of Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road.  For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.


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