William J. Mitsch
Everglades Wetland Research Park
Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management
110 Kapnick Center
Florida Gulf Coast University
4940 Bayshore Drive
Naples Florida 34112 USA
+1 239 325 1365
Course Location: All Naples Everglades Institute courses will be taught at the Kapnick Center located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4940 Bayshore Drive, Naples, Florida, USA. Naples Florida is a subtropical resort town in southwestern Florida with a base regional population of 200,000 off-season and double that during peak season (January through March). Average low and high winter temperatures range between 54 and 75 °F in January to 62 to 82 °F in November during our course period. Annual precipitation is 1300 mm (52 inches) with most occurring during the summer wet season ofMay through October.
Naples is located on U.S. Highway 41 and US Interstate 75 between Miami (2 hours to the east) andFort Myers (30 minutes to the north). The Naples Area is home to several major land reserves, including Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest. The Naples area is also home to the Naples Zoo, which dates back to 1919, and the much newer dazzling Naples Botanical Garden. Downtown Naples is home to The Naples Players, the 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South shopping districts, Gallery Row, and Tin City, an open-air shopping center specializes in antiques and handmade local novelties. The beaches of Collier and Lee Counties on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico are more than 40 miles long and are noted for its cleanliness and pristine white sand. In 2005, Naples was voted the best beach in America by the Travel Channel.