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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 - 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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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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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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Art Class: Acrylic Landscape & Seascape

March 02, 2015 - March 06, 2015
Learn how to paint favorite scenes and landscapes and to create fantastic skies, gorgeous ocean scenes, trees, mountains and more during this five-day class. Using her book “Landscapes in Acrylic” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. During Hammond's class last year, students went home with four paintings ready for framing. 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 12 people. Registration required at rookery ...Read More>> ay.org Read Less
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Life is a Beach boat tour

March 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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High Points boat tour

March 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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World Water Day

March 23, 2015
In celebration of World Water 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

March 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
http://www.rookerybay.org

info@rookerybay.org

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