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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forests, uplands and protected waters on the western edge of the Everglades. Where rivers and streams meet the sea, a unique habitat is formed. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve. The reserve operates an Environmental Learning Center for the public that features aquariums, interactive exhibits, children's exhibits, marine touch tank, live animals, nature trails with observation platforms over Henderson Creek, guided kayak trips, art gallery, lunch and evening lecture series, gift shop, picnic areas, special events and more. Learn more at rookerybay.org and facebook.com/friendsofrookerybay.

Amenities:
  • Activities:
  • Birding, Boating, Canoeing
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 2 - 3 hours,

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Guided Boat Tours of Rookery Bay Reserve

Now - April 29, 2016
Unique opportunities to view wildlife while exploring mangrove tunnels and coastal uplands are available November through April during guided boat tours in Rookery Bay. Three-hour guided boat tours offer a more personalized experience, as each both has a six-passenger maximum capacity. Several trips are available, each with a different theme, and are offered Tuesday through Friday from 2 – 5 p.m. Tour offerings include Life is a Beach, Treasure Island, Essence of an Estuary and High Points. Sunset to Starlight tours are offered on evenings around the time of the full moon. All tours provide a chance to see diverse native wildlife and offer an ...Read More>> excellent opportunity for nature photography. The cost is $89 for the public and $79 for Friends of Rookery Bay members. The ticket to the guided tour also includes admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on the day of the tour. Tour proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay. Read Less
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Guided Kayak Tours

Now - April 29, 2016
Unique opportunities to view wildlife while exploring mangrove tunnels and coastal uplands are available November through April during guided kayak tours in Rookery Bay. During the two-hour guided kayak tours, guests paddle through the shallow mangrove forest with an experienced guide and naturalist. Tours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The cost is $59 for the public and $49 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and includes a kayak, all equipment and paddling instruction.
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Photography Annual exhibit in the Art Gallery through April 1

February 05, 2016 - April 01, 2016
Sponsored by the United Arts Council in partnership with the Friends of Rookery Bay, this year’s exhibit was juried by John Brady, renowned photographer from SW Florida. There were a total of 62 entries by 32 Florida artists. We are exhibiting 32 pieces by 22 artists. $1,600 in prize money, courtesy of The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, will be awarded at the opening reception. The exhibiting photographers are: Peter Berkery, Edwin Cohen, Christine Cook, Jim Freeman, Nancy Garrison, David Gruskin, Morris Herstein, Nancy Job, John Johnson, Robert Kenedi, Tyler MacDonald, Mike Matthews, Laurie Meehan-Elmer, Julie Pekrul, Jane S ...Read More>> ull, Sonny Saunders, Kathy Snead, Joan Sonnenberg, Nancy Springer, Jeremy Sterk, Donna Valenti and RJ Wiley. Read Less

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Life is a Beach boat tour

February 05, 2016
Take a naturalist-led small boat tour and explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Learn about waves, dunes, dune plants, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles and more. The 3-hour trip includes time to stroll the beach with the naturalist and a cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at a dock. Cost is $895 for non-members, $79 for Fr ...Read More>> ends of Rookery Bay members and includes admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Register at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

February 09, 2016
Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This 3 hour small boat tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about the plants and animals that live here, but more importantly, how and why they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Curiosity is rewarded with discovery and discoveries offer insight and understanding. You will explore the effects of time and how human history and natural history have intersected. From mud crabs to manatees, and ...Read More>> rom mound builders to mullet millionaires, this tour is designed to give you the experience of perspective. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Treasure Island boat tour

February 10, 2016
The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. Although public access to this area is restricted to protect it from damage, as our guest you will travel by boat to the island, disembark, and hike about ½ mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the wide variety plants that make this community of life unique and will share interesting stories of how human history and coastal ecology have intertwined. There is also the opportunity to see how some people curr ...Read More>> ntly manage to live on these islands completely off the grid, without any access to public utilities. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and requires the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock and to walk ½ mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes are required. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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High Points Boat Tour

February 11, 2016
Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit one of the most unique areas of Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted live oaks and drought tolerant shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. Access to this sensitive area is restricted to protect it from damage, so this tour allows guests the op ...Read More>> ortunity to experience a place very few visitors ever get to see. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Darwin Day

February 12, 2016
In celebration of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers unlimited $5 “buy one, get one free admission.” Cannot be combined with other offers.
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WING IT: A Beginning Birder Workshop

February 13, 2016
Learn basics of birding, including how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. Cost is $35 and $25 for members. This class also provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other “tricks of the trade.” The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills.
http://www.rookerybay.org

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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

February 18, 2016
Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This 3 hour small boat tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about the plants and animals that live here, but more importantly, how and why they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Curiosity is rewarded with discovery and discoveries offer insight and understanding. You will explore the effects of time and how human history and natural history have intersected. From mud crabs to manatees, and ...Read More>> rom mound builders to mullet millionaires, this tour is designed to give you the experience of perspective. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

February 23, 2016
Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This 3 hour small boat tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about the plants and animals that live here, but more importantly, how and why they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Curiosity is rewarded with discovery and discoveries offer insight and understanding. You will explore the effects of time and how human history and natural history have intersected. From mud crabs to manatees, and ...Read More>> rom mound builders to mullet millionaires, this tour is designed to give you the experience of perspective. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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Treasure Island boat tour

February 25, 2016
The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. Although public access to this area is restricted to protect it from damage, as our guest you will travel by boat to the island, disembark, and hike about ½ mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the wide variety plants that make this community of life unique and will share interesting stories of how human history and coastal ecology have intertwined. There is also the opportunity to see how some people curr ...Read More>> ntly manage to live on these islands completely off the grid, without any access to public utilities. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and requires the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock and to walk ½ mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes are required. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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High Points boat tour

February 26, 2016
Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit one of the most unique areas of Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted live oaks and drought tolerant shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. Access to this sensitive area is restricted to protect it from damage, so this tour allows guests the op ...Read More>> ortunity to experience a place very few visitors ever get to see. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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info@rookerybay.org

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Amazing Adventures

February 26, 2016 - February 27, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Leah Miller, Belize: My Own Private Jungle With the cost of living in the U.S. skyrocketing, zoologist Leah Miller set out to buy property in a foreign country for retirement. What she got was a jungle in Belize, rich in wildlife beyond her wildest imagination. Leah will explain her journey, show trail camera photos of her Belizean wildlife, and answer questions about how one goes about purchasing foreign real estate, wildlife habitat in particular.
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Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

March 01, 2016
This talk will provide an overview of 15 years of fisheries data as it relates to altered freshwater flows in eastern Collier County’s watershed with special emphasis on the Picayune Strand Restoration Project and current estuarine conditions.
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Lunch & Learn Lecture - Channelized Freshwater Flow Effects on Estuarine Fish Nu

March 01, 2016
This talk will provide an overview of 15 years of fisheries data as it relates to altered freshwater flows in eastern Collier County’s watershed with special emphasis on the Picayune Strand Restoration Project and current estuarine conditions. Patrick O’Donnell joined the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in 1998 as an Environmental Specialist with expertise in fisheries research. In his position, he heads up two fisheries monitoring programs in the Ten Thousand Islands to collect baseline data on fish, sharks and commercially-important shellfish species prior to a large-scale restoration project slated for the southwestern Ever ...Read More>> lades in the coming decade. His projects relies on volunteers to help to collect fisheries data relevant to restoration activities. Read Less
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Wing It! A Beginning Birder Workshop

March 12, 2016
Learn basics of birding, including how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. This class also provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other “tricks of the trade.” The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills. Cost is $35 for non-members and $25 for members. The class is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required online at rookerybay.org.
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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World Water Day

March 22, 2016
In celebration of World Water Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.”

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Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

April 05, 2016
Program will focus on lessons learned from the largest oil spill in maritime history, including the role of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in working and coordinating with the U.S Coast Guard, and coastal managers from across Florida and the Gulf. Updates from ongoing research in the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about environmental impacts related to the event will be discussed.
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