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Learning about Local Life: Local Attractions Offer Educational Opportunities

Mar 09, 2022 10:22AM ● By ANN MARIE O’PHELAN

Southwest Florida offers an abundance of plants, animals, marine life, and birds with unique characteristics and habitats. Nature lovers can learn more about these local inhabitants and those that live beyond by visiting establishments dedicated to helping conserve, preserve, and celebrate life in many forms.  

The IMAG - History & Science Center in Fort Myers features interactive exhibits, aquariums, activities, and history displays for all ages. “Through the lenses of history and science, we help guests explore and understand the rich culture and habitat of Southwest Florida,” says Christian Gould, IMAG director of education. Visitors can feed stingrays in the Sea-to-See touch tank, go on a virtual dive to an artificial reef, and check out the 3,200-gallon aquarium created by Animal Planet’s Tanked TV show. They can also explore the Caloosahatchee River Experience, the Lake Okeechobee aquarium, and other displays. Children love to feed fish in the Fisheye Lagoon; enjoy IMAG LIVE! animal encounters; and visit the Living Lab to see frogs, turtles, snakes, a bearded dragon, and other exotic animals.  


Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media. 



IMAG History & Science Center 

2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers 




The Shell Factory and Nature Park

16554 N. Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers