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
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.
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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.
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!
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