Yours to Explore, Discover, and Enjoy

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









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

Where Education Meets Recreation

The Rookery Bay Environmental Education Center offers a variety of hands-on experiences for all ages, including aquariums, interactive exhibits, an art gallery, nature trails, picnic areas, lectures and classes, exhibitions and receptions and much more.

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.

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

Annual Events

National Estuaries Day - September 28, 2019

Join us for our annual free celebration of estuaries. Enjoy boat tours, kayaking and SUP demos, food and more! This event takes place annually on the last Saturday of September.

Festival of Birds - January 17-19, 2020

This annual event invites you to explore the local environment through dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

Bash for the Bay - March 13, 2020

Celebrate OUR coastal treasure over cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing and other delights.

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!

Friends of Rookery Bay Logo over images of Rookery Bay | National Estuarine 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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