Saturday, December 4, 2021




The free Festival sheds light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through interactive activities about the Florida panther’s life and habitat.

The Living with Wildlife Pavilion: provides proactive steps to be taken to protect pets and livestock on private property from wildlife. The Pavilion is staffed by panther biologists and includes tools biologists use to monitor panthers, capture videos, demonstration livestock pen, handouts, and the popular Adopt-a-Panther program.

Music: The sounds of bluegrass music enlivens the Festival with live performances by two bands, Frontline Bluegrass and the BugTussle Ramblers.

Presentations: Fascinating presentations by panther biologists and panther research team members take place throughout the day. Presentations include secrets of panther capture techniques, why biologists track panthers, how orchids play a role in panther habitat health, and even what it’s like to hold a Florida panther kitten.

Interactive Walk: Free Panther Tales walks take place throughout the day and are open to everyone first-come, first-serve. Panther Tales are short, leisurely walks along the park’s trails to look for signs of wildlife and learn about Florida panthers.

Kid’s activities: Face painting, educational activities and games. Food Vendors throughout the day.

The Festival is on October 29, 10AM to 4PM at North Collier Regional Park and is free of charge.


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