Polk NatureFest 2011 Tops the List of Things to do in Central Florida this October

Hosted by Central Florida VCB and Polk County, Polk NatureFest highlights the many natural Central Florida attractions. From Oct. 6-9, those on a Central Florida vacation can explore the water, wings and wild things found in Polk County.

Sep 08, 2011, 18:15 ET from Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau

AUBURNDALE, Fla., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Polk County Environmental Lands and Natural Resources divisions have partnered to host Polk NatureFest 2011, a four-day festival showcasing the natural beauty of Polk County's great outdoors.

Participants will enjoy a nature weekend packed with field trip excursions led by wildlife experts. The festival offers birding, hiking, kayaking, nature photography, air boat tours and more. See the full schedule of activities at http://www.VisitCentralFlorida.org/nature-fest.

Polk NatureFest 2011 kicks off Thursday afternoon, October 6 and is followed by full days of activities on Friday and Saturday, before winding down mid-day on Sunday, October 9. Friday night features a 'Meet the Artist' reception with acclaimed wildlife artist Thomas Brooks at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, which was recently named one of the '51 Great Places to See Wildlife' by USA Today. Saturday evening offers an educational animal display presentation by The Swamp Brothers from the Discovery Channel; also at Circle B Bar Reserve.

The Polk Nature Discovery Center, at the 1,200 acre Circle B Bar Reserve, serves as the check-in base for many activities during Polk NatureFest 2011. Festival registration is $20 per person and is mandatory to sign up for field trip excursions, which carry minimal additional fees, based on the activities selected.

Prior to and following Polk NatureFest 2011, attendees are encouraged to explore all the beautiful natural Central Florida attractions -- 37 nature parks and preserves in Polk County. To learn more, call 1-800-828-7655 and order a copy of 'Celebrate Nature', a brochure featuring all 37 natural lands.

To learn more about all the fun things to do in Central Florida's Polk County, go to http://www.VisitCentralFlorida.org to request a free vacation guide.

About Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau:
The Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau is located in Polk County, Florida and specializes in helping visitors plan a fun-filled Central Florida vacation.

SOURCE Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau