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
COLLIER COUNTY STUDENTS TAUGHT ON FIELD TRIPS
SHARKS TAGGED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY
SEA TURTLE NESTS PROTECTED
PROFESSIONALS RECEIVED SCIENCE-BASED TRAINING
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!
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.
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.
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!
Stay Connected with Us!
Keep up-to-date on the latest news, events, research, and fun happenings at Rookery Bay!