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Citizen Support Organization

Established in 1987, the Friends of Rookery Bay (The Friends) is a volunteer organization that assists Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in meeting its goals.

Read about the Friends' history here.

The Friends' Mission

The mission of the Friends of Rookery Bay is connecting people with southwest Florida's dynamic coastal environment in support of the Rookery Bay Reserve. The Friends helps Reserve staff address many challenges in managing our coastal lands and waters. They generate community involvement through an active volunteer program, outreach efforts, and fund-raising events that provide crucial financial support.

Learn about Membership in the friends.

Subscribe to the Mangrove Monthly e-newsletter, or catch up on previous editions here.

Environmental Learning Center

The Friends is also instrumental in providing assistance with the Environmental Learning Center. From maintaining inventory for the Palmetto Patch Nature Store to hosting special events or offering guided boat and kayak tours, the Friends helps the Reserve spread its message of informed stewardship throughout the community.

Community Support

Friends of Rookery Bay works with individuals, businesses, foundations and other donors to raise funds that support programs at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and its Environmental Learning Center as well as at schools, libraries and beyond.

Read our 2014 year in review report.

Read our 2013 year in review report.

Read our 2012 year in review report.

Read our 2011 year in review report

Read our 2010 year in review report.

Read our 2009 year in review report


Learn more about how you can help the Friends support the Reserve

Browse through our support section, filled with all the information you need about becoming a member or volunteer.

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