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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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Registration opens for the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Now - January 16, 2015
Leaves rustle on a light breeze in harmony with twittering songbirds. A mullet splashes in a brackish bay nearby. Slivers of sunlight dapple the leafy ground. Ah, the sights and sounds of southwest Florida. Explore the local environment through almost 40-guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Nature Festival is fun for all ages! Field trip ...Read More>> osts and individual ability to participate will vary. Dates: Jan. 16-18, 2015. Pre-registration for field trips is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Annual Painting Exhibition

Now - January 22, 2015
Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the “9th Annual Juried Painting Exhibition” from Nov. 6th through Jan. 22, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, work with a central theme of landscape was suggested to the artists but not required. Most of the works are for sale. The juror is Richard Mueller, Professor of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
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Nature Photography Workshop

Now - December 19, 2014
This two-day workshop is designed as a skill building session for relative newcomers to digital SLR photography. These classes are not intended to teach you the basic functions of your individual camera, as participants are expected to know how to operate their cameras; instead it will address nature photography techniques in the classroom and in the field. The classroom session will address a variety of photography techniques including; spot metering, composition, depth of field, etc. Additionally, there will be a discussion on ethics of nature photography and the practices photographers sometimes use to get the “perfect shot.” There will al ...Read More>> o be three hours of one class dedicated to practicing new skills in the field. Required equipment: digital SLR camera with detachable lenses. This class is not designed for point-and-shoot camera users. Maximum number of participants: 7. Cost: $150 for two-day class. Registration required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

Now - December 20, 2014
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Winter Solstice

December 20, 2014
In celebration of Winter Solstice, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.
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High Points boat tour

December 22, 2014
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 2.5 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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Holiday Crafts for Kids

December 22, 2014 - December 23, 2014
Make wildlife crafts such as marine mammal puppets, fish prints and cabbage palm reindeers. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with Environmental Learning Center admission ($5 adults, $3 kids 6-12, FREE kids under 6).
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Treasure Island boat tour

December 23, 2014
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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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Life is a Beach boat tour

December 26, 2014
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ...Read More>> ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Holiday Crafts for Kids

December 26, 2014 - December 27, 2014
Make wildlife crafts such as marine mammal puppets, fish prints and cabbage palm reindeers. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with Environmental Learning Center admission ($5 adults, $3 kids 6-12, FREE kids under 6).
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Essence of the Estuary boat tour

December 27, 2014
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

December 27, 2014 - December 28, 2014
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Movie Mania

December 29, 2014 - December 30, 2014
Bring the whole family and enjoy a selection of nature films selected by Rookery Bay staff and researchers! Movie mania will be held in the auditorium where the amphitheater-style, cushioned seating will give everyone a great view of the film with ample room to relax! Film selections are subject to change. Only family-friendly films will be shown.
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

December 29, 2014 - December 30, 2014
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Life is a Beach boat tour

December 30, 2014
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ...Read More>> ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Essence of the Estuary boat tour

December 31, 2014
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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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Movie Mania

January 02, 2015 - January 03, 2015
Bring the whole family and enjoy a selection of nature films selected by Rookery Bay staff and researchers! Movie mania will be held in the auditorium where the amphitheater-style, cushioned seating will give everyone a great view of the film with ample room to relax! Film selections are subject to change. Only family-friendly films will be shown.
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

January 02, 2015 - January 05, 2015
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Art Class: Realistic Portraits in Graphite

January 05, 2015
Learn how to draw realistic portraits in graphite during this five-day class. Using her book “Lifelike Drawing from Photographs” and “Drawing People and Clothing” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. You will learn how to draw each of the facial features, hairstyles, clothing, hands and feet. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Cost is $375. Maximum class size is 14 people. Registration required at rookerybay.org.
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High Points boat tour

January 06, 2015
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 2.5 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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Treasure Island boat tour

January 07, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

January 08, 2015
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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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Wing It! A Beginning Birder Workshop

January 10, 2015
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 $30 for non-members and $25 for members. The class is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required online at rookerybay.org.
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

January 14, 2015 - January 15, 2015
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Life is a Beach boat tour

January 15, 2015 - January 29, 2015
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ...Read More>> ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Celebration of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival

January 16, 2015
In celebration of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission” from 9am to 4pm. Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Field trip costs are separate fees.
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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

January 16, 2015 - January 23, 2015
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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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11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival

January 16, 2015 - January 18, 2015
The 11th annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on Jan. 16-18 offers more than 40 guided field trips to almost two dozen wildlife hot spots and on-the-water adventures around Southwest Florida, along with daytime lectures and a keynote address. Registration opens Nov. 1, 2013. Daytime lectures TBA at rookerybay.org.
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11th annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival keynote address

January 17, 2015 - January 18, 2015
Pete Frezza, Research Manager- Everglades Region, Audubon Florida’s Everglades Science Center will be on-site giving the lecture: “Roseate Spoonbills in the Everglades: A Look into the Past, Present and Future of the Flame Bird” Lecture description: Frezza will discuss findings from our 75 year history of monitoring roseate spoonbill populations in southern Florida. This will include a look into historical nesting patterns in Florida Bay and factors that have led to changes in their population over time along with results from long term banding and satellite telemetry projects with these birds. He will also give a brief overview of Everglad ...Read More>> s Restoration projects that are expected to improve conditions for these birds throughout the ecosystem. Cost is $15 to attend the lecture. Cost includes refreshments. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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High Points boat tour

January 20, 2015
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 2.5 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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Treasure Island boat tour

January 21, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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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Treasure Island boat tour

January 27, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

January 28, 2015
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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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Amazing Adventures

January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015
The Amazing Adventures monthly lecture series runs from January through March and brings many corners of the world to our auditorium screen. Narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer, these audio/visual presentations provide destination ideas, natural histories, and travel tips and insights to ignite the travel bug in us all. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, the speaker's presentation is 6 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and mingling. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments. Lecture title: “Westward Found” given by: Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman, National Park Service Rangers ...Read More>> From the deep, verdant swamps of subtropical Florida to the intricately-carved rock wilderness of the American Southwest, join park rangers Luke and Amy on a journey that has taken them even farther than they imagined. Be inspired to leave behind the comforts of home and lose yourself as never before. Registration required at www.rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

February 01, 2015 - February 04, 2015
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather ...Read More>> or the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Lunch & Learn Lecture

February 03, 2015
The Scent of Scandal: Inside the Wild World of Orchid Smugglers Truly one of the weirdest "weird Florida" stories ever, the discovery of a spectacular new orchid from South America leads to black market sales in Miami at a price of $10,000 a plant and a grand jury investigation. A look at the bizarre world of orchid smuggling, which resulted in a Florida scientific institution -- and tourist attraction -- being charged with violating federal law. Presented by Craig Pittman reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.
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Essence of the Estuary boat tour

February 04, 2015
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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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Darwin Day

February 05, 2015
In celebration of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.
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Treasure Island boat tour

February 05, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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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Art Class: Animal Drawings in Graphite

February 09, 2015 - February 13, 2015
Don't pass up a chance to learn the secrets to the Hammond Blended Pencil Technique! Learn how to draw realistic animal drawings in graphite. Based on Lee's new book Draw Animals in Nature (available in our nature store) everything you need to know about capturing images of wild animals in their natural environment will be revealed. Lee will show you how to accurately draw nature, by covering skies, trees, grasses and leaves. You will also learn to draw many different types of wildlife including furry forest creatures, jungle animals, birds, and water animals. Supplies not included. Cost is $375. Maximum class size is 14 people. Reg ...Read More>> stration required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Treasure Island boat tour

February 10, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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, 2015
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 2.5 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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Life is a Beach boat tour

February 12, 2015
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ...Read More>> ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Wing It! A Beginning Birder Workshop

February 14, 2015
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 $30 for non-members and $25 for members. The class is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required online at rookerybay.org.
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Life is a Beach boat tour

February 17, 2015
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ...Read More>> ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

February 18, 2015
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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 19, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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 20, 2015
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 2.5 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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Art Class: Colored Pencils

February 23, 2015 - February 27, 2015
Learn how to accurately draw “anything” during this five-day drawing class. Using her best-selling book “Lifelike Drawing in Color,” as a guide, Lee Hammond will share her drawing secrets for drawing anything in colored pencil. Students will learn how to accurately depict a variety of subjects from still life, animals, flowers, scenery and more. No experience required. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Cost is $375. Maximum class size is 14 people. Registration required at rookerybay.org.
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High Points boat tour

February 24, 2015
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 2.5 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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Treasure Island boat tour

February 25, 2015
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 p ...Read More>> ople currently 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
https://rookerybay.org/visit/naturalist-guided-tours/boat-tours.html

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Life is a Beach boat tour

February 26, 2015
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ...Read More>> ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org Read Less
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Amazing Adventures

February 27, 2015 - February 28, 2015
The Amazing Adventures monthly lecture series runs from January through March and brings many corners of the world to our auditorium screen. Narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer, these audio/visual presentations provide destination ideas, natural histories, and travel tips and insights to ignite the travel bug in us all. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for refreshments, the speaker’s presentation is 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and mingling. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments. Lecture title: “Getting to the Roof of Africa” given by: Scott Sherman. Lecture description: World travel ...Read More>> r and Biomedical Engineer Scott Sherman presents his adventure of climbing the highest volcano in Africa: Kilimanjaro. The talk includes the planning, preparation, training, travel and successful completion of the trek. Over 20,000 people attempt to summit this mountain annually and only about half of them actually make it. Relive the experience with Scott and learn what lessons can be learned from undertaking such a grand adventure. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Essence of an Estuary boat tour

February 27, 2015
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 2.5 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, an ...Read More>> from 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
https://rookerybay.org/visit/naturalist-guided-tours/boat-tours.html

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