Each week January through April, naturalist guided walks and talks are sponsored by the Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve.  Directions: Turn south off of Bonita Beach Road onto Barefoot Beach Blvd. and go about 1½ miles to park entrance.  Park in the first parking area on the right and meet at the Learning Center. For our WALKS, it is suggested to wear walking shoes, sun protection and bring binoculars and drinking water.These Programs are FREE and reservations are NOT required.  There is an $8.00 entrance fee into the park for those who do not have a current Collier County beach parking permit. 


Below is an overview of each of the weekly programs:

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Mondays at 10 a.m.

January through April (Except Holidays)


BEACHES ALIVE!  What do wrack lines, beach hoppers, ghosts, sea pork, or beans have in common with skimmers, ruddy turnstones, oats, or goatsfoot that we see on the beach?  Come find out at this walk on Barefoot Beach.

(Approximately a 2-hour beach walk guided by a Naturalist)

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Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

January through April (Except Holidays)


EXPLORING COASTAL HABITATS WALK!  Enjoy a guided walk to the estuary and along a sandy trail to the beach. Explore one of the most productive ecosystems in nature and the unique coastal habitats at the Preserve.

(Approximately a 2-hour walk through Coastal Habitats guided by a Naturalist)

Fridays at 10 a.m.

January through April (Except Holidays)


BEACHCOMBING & SHELLING TALK!  Where and when do you find beach treasures? What are drifts from the Amazon? What did Herman Melville have to do with Beachcombing?  Come find out at this talk about Beachcombing & Shelling.

(Approximately a 1-hour talk by a Naturalist)

Saturdays at 9 a.m.

January through April (Except Holidays)


GUIDED NATURE WALKS!  Enjoy a guided walk along the boardwalk through a maritime forest and coastal strand.  More than a nature walk, it's an educational experience! Learn the importance of barrier islands, how our ancestors used Florida’s state tree and native plant communities on barrier islands of Southwest Florida.               (Approximately a 45-minute walk guided by a Naturalist)