Conservation Foundation’s Wild About Nature Festival planned at Bay Preserve on April 1

Free family-friendly event to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, April 1, the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast will host its Wild About Nature Festival at its Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey, it has announced.

“This celebrated community event” will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 400 Palmetto Ave. in Osprey (34229), a news release notes.

“With an exhibitor line-up featuring many local environmental and youth-serving organizations, this annual festival brings the community together, connecting kids to the beauty and wonder of the natural world through a fun-filled day of nature-based activities and exploration,” the release points out. Among the planned activities are tree climbing, nature printing, native plant planting, animal encounters, dip-netting, face-painting, and crafts, the release says. Multiple food trucks will be on-site, as well, including Currywurst, Killicks Kitchen, Kona Ice, and The Maine Line, the release adds.

“We are absolutely delighted to bring this engaging and educational festival back to Bay Preserve,” said Christine P. Johnson, president of the Conservation Foundation, in the release. “Through both our year-round youth education programming and events such as these, we strive to create the kind of WOW! moments in nature that lead to a lifelong respect for and appreciation of the great outdoors.”

“This family-friendly event is free and open to the public,” the release points out. “Registration is not required.”

Parking for the event will be off-site, at the First Baptist Church of Osprey, Victory Baptist Church, and the historic Osprey Library, the release says. “A trolley will be running on a loop to transport guests between the event space and parking areas,” the release adds. More details may be found on the Conservation Foundation’s Facebook page or at