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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

November 01, 2014 - 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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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

November 04, 2014 - November 07, 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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Lunch & Learn Lecture

November 04, 2014
Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors Betty Jean Steinshouer, a literary historian and actress who portrays various authors in costume and character, will bring to life three authors who put Florida on the map. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866, right after the Civil War, trying to “bind up the wounds of the nation,” after the assassination of her beloved President, Abraham Lincoln. Act Two will be Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, arriving at a place in the road called Cross Creek in 1928, falling in love with the interior of the Sunshine State. And finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman D ...Read More>> uglas, who wrote that bestseller, in her efforts to save the Everglades, becoming the first to coin the term, River of Grass, as she titled her 1947 book for the Rivers of America series. Steinshouer will spend about 15 minutes in character as each author, and then answer questions from the audience. Betty Jean Steinshouer has degrees in Speech Communication and English, touring 43 states since 1988. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Opening Reception for “Painting Annual” exhibit

November 06, 2014 - November 07, 2014
Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the “9th Annual Juried Painting Exhibition” from Nov. 6 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. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts ...Read More>> Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited: rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Annual Painting Exhibition

November 06, 2014 - 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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High Points boat tour

November 11, 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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Life is a Beach boat tour

November 13, 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 an Estuary boat tour

November 14, 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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America Recycles Day

November 15, 2014
In celebration of America Recycles Day, 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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Life is a Beach boat tour

November 18, 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 an Estuary boat tour

November 19, 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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Treasure Island boat tour

November 20, 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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High Points boat tour

November 21, 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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5th Annual Rookery Bay Reserve Adventure Race

November 22, 2014
Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. All participants will receive a t-shirt, post-race refreshments and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each category: men, women, relays and tandem kayakers. Registration is limited to 70 people and opens Sept. 26 at rookerybay.org. Fees are $40 for individuals and $70 for relay teams. Kayak rentals are available for a separate fee. The race is sponsored by Up A Creek Kayak Tours, Friends of Rookery Bay and the Florida Fish and ...Read More>> Wildlife Conservation Commission. Registration is limited to first 70 entries at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

November 22, 2014 - November 23, 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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Lunch & Learn Lecture

December 02, 2014
Nature's Dozen: Key Moments in Florida's Environmental History In this talk, University of Florida environmental historian Jack Davis offers a brief survey of Florida history--from the pre-Spanish period to the present--through the lens of the human relationship with the natural environment. Davis maintains that humans have not been lone players in their past. Nature too has the capacity to shape course of human history, and perhaps no other state outside of Florida offers a better example of nature's history-shaping power. Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Flo ...Read More>> ida. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org. Read Less
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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

December 06, 2014 - December 08, 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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High Points boat tour

December 09, 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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Treasure Island boat tour

December 10, 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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Essence of the Estuary boat tour

December 11, 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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Life is a Beach boat tour

December 16, 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

December 17, 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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Treasure Island boat tour

December 18, 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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Nature Photography Workshop

December 18, 2014 - 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

December 19, 2014 - 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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