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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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Sunset to Starlight Cruise

Now - May 03, 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
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.com

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Guided Kayak Tours

May 05, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay and its surroundings provide an up-close and personal experience of this irreplaceable national treasure. Paddle lazily through the shallows and maze-like mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. The cost is $55 ($45 for members) and includes: kayak, all equipment, paddling instruction and admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on the day of the tour. Paddlers must be 12 years of age or older, and weigh less than 250 pounds. www.rookerybay.org/calendar
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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Lunch & Learn Lecture: Dive into stories of ocean science with Ellen Prager

May 05, 2015
Dr. Ellen Prager will return to Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to share more of her favorite ocean science stories about living underwater, the Galapagos Islands, and wacky sea creatures. She'll also give the audience a sneak peek into Shark Rider, the second book in her new fiction series for young adults, which will be released May 1. She'll discuss how she is integrating real-life adventures, marine life, and science into the upcoming action packed sequel that highlights the British Virgin Islands. Cost is $10 (FREE for members), includes lunch. www.rookerybay.org/calendar
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

May 06, 2015
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is offering three summer wading trips, which are now open for registration. Participants will discover firsthand why estuaries are known as “cradles of the ocean.” The trips will take place May 6, June 4 and Aug. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be led by environmental specialists from Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. Participants will wade into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to discover many of the plants and animals that call the estuary home. Dip nets and seine nets will be provided to collect organisms such as fish, shrimp, crabs and snails, which will be placed in buckets or magnifiers to take a closer look ...Read More>> and learn how each animal plays an important role in the ecosystem. Participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet, such as old tennis shoes or diving booties and a swimsuit or shorts. The wading trips are free, but registration is required. Call Jackie Langston at 239-463-3240to sign up and receive driving directions. Read Less
http://dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/estero

jacqueline.langston@dep.state.fl.us

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Opening Reception for South Florida Birds and Gardens Photography Exhibit

May 27, 2015
South Florida Birds and Gardens is a selection of photographs by Kirsten Hines drawn from her two recent books, Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens and Birds of Fairchild. The exhibition aims to inspire environmentally sensitive landscaping of conservation value to South Florida’s birdlife.
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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South Florida Birds and Gardens photography exhibit

May 27, 2015 - September 23, 2015
South Florida Birds and Gardens is a selection of photographs by Kirsten Hines drawn from her two recent books, Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens and Birds of Fairchild. The exhibition aims to inspire environmentally sensitive landscaping of conservation value to South Florida’s birdlife.

info@rookerybay.org

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Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

June 04, 2015
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is offering three summer wading trips, which are now open for registration. Participants will discover firsthand why estuaries are known as “cradles of the ocean.” The trips will take place May 6, June 4 and Aug. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be led by environmental specialists from Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. Participants will wade into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to discover many of the plants and animals that call the estuary home. Dip nets and seine nets will be provided to collect organisms such as fish, shrimp, crabs and snails, which will be placed in buckets or magnifiers to take a closer look ...Read More>> and learn how each animal plays an important role in the ecosystem. Participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet, such as old tennis shoes or diving booties and a swimsuit or shorts. The wading trips are free, but registration is required. Call Jackie Langston at 239-463-3240to sign up and receive driving directions Read Less
http://dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/estero

jacqueline.langston@dep.state.fl.us

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Art for Mom & Me

June 10, 2015 - August 05, 2015
Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 1-hour workshop for children and adults at all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Participants will be supplied with a sketch of a variety of subjects such as a pelican, a tree frog, or a sea turtle. Using photos and magazine clippings, each parent and child will team up to create a masterpiece to take home. Registration fee ($25) includes one adult, one child (age 5+), and all supplies. Come early or stay late and enjoy complimentary admission to the Environmental Learning Center with registration. www.rookerybay.org/calendar
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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Kids FREE Fridays

June 12, 2015 - August 07, 2015
Our popular summer program, Kids FREE Fridays, returns to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. This summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult (up to 5 children per adult). Educators will present lessons and activities following a central theme of “Skulls and Bones.” Scheduled activities include: Story Time, Naturalist Presentation, Crafts, Films, and Touch Tank. Lunch will be available for purchase from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration NOT required.
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

August 20, 2015
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is offering three summer wading trips, which are now open for registration. Participants will discover firsthand why estuaries are known as “cradles of the ocean.” The trips will take place May 6, June 4 and Aug. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be led by environmental specialists from Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. Participants will wade into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to discover many of the plants and animals that call the estuary home. Dip nets and seine nets will be provided to collect organisms such as fish, shrimp, crabs and snails, which will be placed in buckets or magnifiers to take a closer look ...Read More>> and learn how each animal plays an important role in the ecosystem. Participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet, such as old tennis shoes or diving booties and a swimsuit or shorts. The wading trips are free, but registration is required. Call Jackie Langston at 239-463-3240to sign up and receive driving directions Read Less
http://dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/estero

jacqueline.langston@dep.state.fl.us

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