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 CTP REFRESHER: Fertilizer Calibration SPANISH
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Sep 22, 2015
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 15.00 70 7 63

Esta clase refuerza los conceptos de ferlitización obtenidos durante el entrenamiento en Mejores Prácticas para reducir la posible contaminación del agua (Green Industries Best Management Practices); y cubre la definición, tipos, efectos ambientales, aplicación y manejo de los fertilizantes utilizados en jardinería. Adicionalmente, se hace mención de la ley estadal y las ordenanzas locales que afectan el aplicar fertilizantes de manera comercial en zonas urbanas.

Esta clase también otorga los siguientes Unidades de Educación Contínua (CEU’s): 2 FDACS, 3 City of Naples, 4 FNGLA, 2 LUF, hasta 6.75 ISA y 1 CFE (CAT 1) .

 National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Details
Sep 26, 2015
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
FREE Unlimited 0 Unlimited

This annual event will include staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat 15 minutes away), introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, stand-up paddleboarding demos on Henderson Creek, marine critter touch tank, live animal presentations, kids games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, native plant walks, films, food and more.

Activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up begins when doors open at 9am. Age restrictions may apply, see details link for more information.

NEW this year: a limited number of VIP passes will be available for purchase for those who prefer not to wait in line.

Don't miss the featured presentation (9:30-10:15am): Tales from the Coast: 30 Years of Adventures at Rookery Bay, by former reserve director, Gary Lytton.

Registration opens September 1.

 CTP: Refresher - Proper Pruning Practices
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Oct 6, 2015
09:00 am - 02:00 pm
$ 15.00 70 11 59

Plants play an important role in maintaining landscapes while protecting water quality and, as they store necessary nutrients and water in their leaves, proper pruning practices ensure the growth of healthy plants which would lead to a healthier environment and improved water quality. Pruning can be done with a number of objectives, so it is important to determine your needs (maintainor improve health or vigor, control plant size and form, influence flowering and fruit production, influence the structural strength of the tree, appropriate hedge, etc.) so you can plan and prune accordingly. This training provides landscape professionals with knowledge of environmentally sound skills and tools to correctly prune landscape trees, shrubs and palms.

This program provides the following CEU's: FNGLA, ISA, CFE, City of Naples refresher requirement.

 CTP: Green Industries Best Management Practices - English
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Oct 28, 2015
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 70 4 66

The Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Quality by the Green Industries program, commonly known as the “Green Industries Best Management Practices” was jointly developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the private industries related to landscape maintenance, called the “green industries.” This training is required by the City of Naples, Collier County and the City of Marco Island for landscapers to legally work within their limits and by most neighboring municipalities in Southwest Florida. This class fulfills the statewide Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate Program requirement issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

This program provides the following CEU's: FDACS 4, APA 4.75, FNGLA 4, ISA up to 5.75, CFE 2.5 CT 1 CF and 2 CT 2.

 

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 4, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Treasure Island Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 4, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. You will enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the estuary to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the fascinating plants that make this community of life unique and will share interetsing stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine. This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 minle on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes required.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 5, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Life's a Beach Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 5, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about all the things you are seeing: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. This island is a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals "living on the edge". Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 6, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 2 8

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 6, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals, but more importantly, how they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Bring your curiosity and be rewarded with discovery and insight. You will journey back in time and learn how human history and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock.

 Guardian Anglers 2015
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
DetailsRegister
Nov 6, 2015 - Nov 7, 2015
06:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$ 100.00 120 3 117

Friday night Captain's Meeting: all anglers' reception at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center with silent and live auctions, raffle, open bar and heavy appetizers
Saturday morning Tournament: anglers target snook, redfish, trout
Saturday night Awards Dinner: open bar, prizes

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 11, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 11, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals, but more importantly, how they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Bring your curiosity and be rewarded with discovery and insight. You will journey back in time and learn how human history and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 12, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Treasure Island Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 12, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. You will enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the estuary to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the fascinating plants that make this community of life unique and will share interetsing stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine. This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 minle on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes required.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 13, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10
Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
 High Points Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 13, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit a particularly unusual place in Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted trees, shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. This tour allows guests the opportunity to experience a place few visitors get to see. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied to shore. Closed-toed shoes are reccomended.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 17, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 High Points Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 17, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit a particularly unusual place in Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted trees, shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. This tour allows guests the opportunity to experience a place few visitors get to see. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied to shore. Closed-toed shoes are reccomended.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 18, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Treasure Island Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 18, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. You will enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the estuary to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the fascinating plants that make this community of life unique and will share interetsing stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine. This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 minle on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes required.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 19, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 19, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals, but more importantly, how they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Bring your curiosity and be rewarded with discovery and insight. You will journey back in time and learn how human history and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 20, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Life's a Beach Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 20, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about all the things you are seeing: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. This island is a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals "living on the edge". Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

 Adventure Race
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Details
Nov 21, 2015
08:00 am - 10:00 am
$ 30.00 150 0 150

Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. New this year: a 5k Trail Run! All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Oct 31), post-race refreshments, Rookery Bay water bottle, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center and entry for door prizes. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis. Also new this year: 10-year age group awards!

Registration opens Sept 1. Early bird discount until Sept 30, price increases Nov 1.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 23, 2015
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 24, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 24, 2015
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 25, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 25, 2015
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Nov 27, 2015
09:30 am - 11:30 pm
$ 59.00 10 0 10

Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Life's a Beach Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Nov 27, 2015
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
$ 89.00 6 0 6

This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about all the things you are seeing: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. This island is a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals "living on the edge". Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

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