The Florida gopher tortoise is listed as a Threatened Species. Please look under your car when backing out of parking spaces, drive slowly and stay on marked trails or the boardwalk. 

Friends of barefoot beach preserve welcome you

A Place Where Beauty Abounds and Nature Thrives…

The Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing natural features of the Barefoot Beach Preserve.  We foster research and education endeavors, distribute literature, and secure volunteers to assist Collier County at the Preserve.

Walks & Talks

Weekly Naturalist guided walks and talks are offered January – April.  Come learn about how the Beaches are alive.  Explore our ecosystems, where to find beach treasures and walk the Saylor Trail.   


Snakes, Sharks, Native plants these are just a few of the subjects of prior Saturday Morning Lectures.  Come join us for a new season presented on various topics with a focus on nature, preservation, and wildlife. 


Through our established learning center, we educate the community through displays and literature and staffed trained Docents January – April. We also offer annual scholarships to students studying the environment. Click here to view our educational handouts!

lecture series

How the World Turned Green

With  Jack Berninger
Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 10 AM

Join us for our first lecture of the season where we will welcome our first speaker in our series – Mr. Jack Berninger.

Mr. Berninger’s topic is “How the World turned Green.” He explores the process of how from water green algae to the first primitive land plants our vacant early Earth landscape slowly evolves into flora we enjoy today.

Our Naturalist Programs begin again in early 2022.

Become a member, volunteer, or just say hello . . . 
we’d love to hear from you.

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