Yours to Explore, Enjoy, and Protect

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve stretches across 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters, encompassing 40% of Collier County coastline. The Reserve is committed to preservation through research, education, and land protection.

The Reserve's Impact Since 2000

37312

COLLIER COUNTY STUDENTS TAUGHT ON FIELD TRIPS

2285

SHARKS TAGGED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY

1958

SEA TURTLE NESTS PROTECTED

8714

PROFESSIONALS RECEIVED SCIENCE-BASED TRAINING

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

One of 29 Protected Reserves in the United States
Managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Florida International University, the Reserve stretches from Gordon Pass in Naples to the western Everglades and is supported by the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay.

Calendar of Events

National Estuaries Celebration

Rediscover Rookery Bay Research Reserve throughout the month of September during our National Estuaries Celebration! There will be activities and adventures to experience all month and an all-day celebration on Saturday, September 25th – National Estuaries Day 2021. Enjoy kids’ activities, boat tours through the mangrove fringed bays, special discounts, films as well as lots of eco-information from our partners in protecting and preserving Southwest Florida’s coastal waters and wildlife.
National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Explore Rookery Bay Land and Environment Learning Center | Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Explore

Where Education Meets Recreation

The Education Department has created many free virtual programs and activities for all ages.

Discover Your Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay Research Reserve is yours to explore and enjoy. Recreational opportunities abound for kayakers & boaters, campers, anglers & shellers, beachgoers, nature photographers, birdwatchers and more!
Adventure

Guided Nature Tours

Explore the unique ecosystem of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve via boat and daily kayak tours that offer an up-close and personal experience in nature. Private tours available upon request.

Friends of Rookery Bay Members receive a 10% discount on all eco-tours.

Book Your Tour Now

When you choose to spend the day at Rookery Bay, know that you are exploring one of the last and largest remaining undisturbed mangrove habitats in North America.
Eco-tours in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Friends of Rookery Bay Logo over images of Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Friends of Rookery Bay

A Public-Private Partnership

Friends of Rookery Bay help Reserve staff address many challenges in managing our coastal lands and waters. We connect people to Southwest Florida’s coastal environment in support of Rookery Bay Research Reserve through an active volunteer recruitment program, outreach efforts, advocacy, and fundraising activities.

Our members, volunteers and donors enable us to be a reliable partner to the Reserve and an advocate for preservation and coastal protection. Join us!

Make a Difference

When you choose to spend the day at Rookery Bay know that you are contributing to the preservation of this unique ecosystem.

Drone Image of Rookery Bay Research Reserve | National Estuarine Research Reserve

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