Join Audubon of Southwest Florida (Lee County chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida) at the education station for fun facts about birds and an activity highlighting the importance of water to birds and people. In addition to Audubon’s activity, visit partner exhibits, participate in a guided hike, or attend a presentation about the beauty of southwest Florida’s wildlife. The mission at the Audubon of Southwest Florida is to protect plants, animals, and their habitats and to promote environmental education and a greater community involvement with the natural world. They partner with organizations in the community that have goals supporting this mission. The annual Wings Over Water festival (formerly in January) kicks off the first Saturday of spring break for local schools. The festival helps celebrate southwest Florida’s natural resources and includes an array of programs on local waterways and wildlife. Wings Over Water aims to encourage the public to get outdoors and celebrate healthy living while discovering the beauty of southwest Florida’s water, land and wildlife. If you have not heard of or visited Harns Marsh, you are missing out! This festival is a great introduction to this natural gem! A little history about the marsh - in the early 1980’s, Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (LA-MSID) transformed the 578-acre parcel, which was in large part vacant farmland, into an active stormwater facility helping to filter water and reduce flooding to the Orange River, a tributary of the Caloosahatchee River. These water management tools have helped create a lush habitat for more than 160 species of animals and provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to explore our native wildlife. Harns Marsh is a wonderful location for students to learn about the water, land and wildlife that makes southwest Florida’s natural environment so special.