For generations, the Conner family owned and operated Conner Ranch, a working cattle ranch set on the 8,000 acres that now make up Connerton.

Connerton was established on a rich history of preservation. When the family sold the land to Connerton's original developer in early 2000, the primary goal for both the family and the new owner was to preserve the breathtaking nature of the property.

Original plans accommodated more than 15,000 homes and up to three golf courses. But after careful consideration, the developer and the Conner family modified their vision, developing a strategic preservation plan to protect much of the property.

In 2003, the state of Florida purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land to be managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District with $26 million of Forever Florida conservation funds, ensuring future generations will enjoy the same natural beauty that Connerton residents appreciate today.

Wildlife is protected in Connerton under the care of the Southwest Florida Management District. The preserve remains home to alligators, otters, deer, little blue herons, wood storks, hoot owls and sandhill cranes.