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Nature Center reopens as Dorian threat passes Southwest Florida


The Conservancy Nature Center will reopen to the public Wednesday, September 4 and resume the normal operating hours of 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

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As Hurricane Dorian approaches the Florida coast, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is proactively preparing. The Nature Center is closed to visitors until Wednesday, Sept. 4, pending the outcome of the storm.

The Conservancy’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital is open and accepting patients seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Should storm conditions change and closures be necessary, updates will be posted online at and on Conservancy social media channels.

Conservancy staff are busy getting the inside of the hospital prepped for before and after the storm. After Hurricane Irma, the Conservancy learned there are specific items that its staff will certainly need, but may not have access to. These items are currently on our Amazon Wish List.

To provide the best care possible for the injured and orphaned animals inside the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, the Conservancy needs items such as dish soap, bleach, paper towels, bug spray and heavy-duty carts that can make the trek through standing water. These supplies will be critical after the storm passes.

The von Arx Wildlife Hospital also offers the following tips for handling native wildlife after a storm:

1. Keep any injured wildlife quiet, dark and warm location.

2. Before disposing of yard debris, especially fallen trees or bushes, check first for any wildlife that may have used the tree as their home.

3. Do not feed wildlife, as all wild animals require very specialized diets. More harm than good can be done by feeding the improper diet or offering water to an injured animal.

For more information and additional tips on handling injured, sick or orphaned animals, visit

On behalf of our team, we encourage you to take all necessary precautions to stay safe.

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