The Bays of Summer: See Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples

By: Gary McKechnie


Well, it seems that 2013 is the year of new discoveries. From Mission San Luis in Tallahassee to Egmont Key in Tampa Bay there’s a whole new Florida world I’m learning along with you. Now here’s another one…

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters, providing habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. From barrier island beaches and mangrove forest to freshwater marsh and pine flatwoods, these habitats enable animals big and small to fill a niche on land, in the air or under water.

Plus they have some special events to introduce guests to the natural side of Florida:

• Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida Exhibition (Through November): A collection of 29 black-and-white photographs by preeminent Florida photographer Clyde Butcher.

• Kids FREE Fridays (June 7 through July 26): Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Activities will include stories, crafts, a touch tank, face painting, nature film and presentation on topics such as sea turtles, manatees, sharks, and skulls and bones.

Sounds pretty – and pretty neat!

If You Go
Admission is $5 for adults
$3 for children ages 6-12
Free for members
(239) 417-6310

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