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.

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Explore Rookery Bay Land and Environment Learning Center | Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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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.

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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.
Eco-tours in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Drone Image of Rookery Bay Research Reserve | National Estuarine Research Reserve

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.

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