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Our team of naturalists offer programs on a variety of topics - check out the daily themes here.

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 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsClosed
Apr 27, 2018
06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 109.00 7 7 0

Description: This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often around the full moon. Guests 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.

Difficulty level: Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/4 mile across the island and along the beach. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Science Saturday
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
DetailsRegister
Apr 28, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 500 0 500

Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month.

This month's theme is Science of Sand!

Scheduled activities include: Estuary Encounter, Activity Lab, Show & Tell, and Nature on the Silver Screen. Click on the green details button for more information.

Pre-registration is not required. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free for members and children under six.  Must pay at door.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Apr 28, 2018
06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 109.00 6 4 2

Description: This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often around the full moon. Guests 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.

Difficulty level: Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/4 mile across the island and along the beach. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Apr 29, 2018
06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 109.00 6 5 1

Description: This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often around the full moon. Guests 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.

Difficulty level: Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/4 mile across the island and along the beach. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 International Migratory Bird Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 11, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 14, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 2 13

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.

 Breakfast with the Birds: Connecting the Globe through Bird Migration
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 15, 2018
09:30 am - 10:30 am
$ 15.00 120 8 112
Learn about birds at this summer lecture series! Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the US and beyond for more than 15 years. He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida.
 
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy pastries, coffee and juice.
 Green Industries Best Management Practices - SPANISH
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 22, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 60 35 25

Las Mejores Prácticas de Manejo para la Protección de los Recursos Hídricos de la Florida por parte de las Industrias Verdes, conocidas por sus siglas en Inglés como GI-BMP, fueron elaboradas mediante la colaboración del Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) y las Industrias Verdes.

Unidades de educación contínua (CEU's): 4 FDACS, 4 FNGLA

 

 Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience
 Location: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
DetailsRegister
May 31, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 20.00 50 17 33

Workshop registration closes May 17

Join us at this workshop to learn how green infrastructure can play a critical role in making South Florida’s coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards such as hurricanes and sea level rise. Through group discussions, activities, and presentations featuring green infrastructure projects from South Florida, participants will learn what they can do to support green infrastructure implementation in their coastal communities.

CEU's: 6 AICP, 5 CFM

 World Oceans Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Jun 8, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

In celebration of World Oceans Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Jun 11, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 0 15

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.

 Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Full
Jun 12, 2018 - Jun 13, 2018
08:00 am - 04:00 pm
FREE 15 15 0

When: Tuesday, June 12 8:00am-4:00pm & Wednesday, June 13 8:00am-4:00pm

Who: This workshop is open to all teachers around the country: any school, any subject, grades 4-12. 

What: The workshop will focus on Rookery Bay Research Reserve, specifically estuarine research, stewardship, and education.

Agenda: The content of the workshop will be based on NOAA's Estuaries 101 Middle School curriculum and will likely focus on topics such as: sharks, birds, plankton, invasive species, and water quality. We will spend each morning in the field, getting our feet wet exploring the Reserve.  Afternoons will be inside, meeting staff and learning about activities you can adapt for your classroom. A detailed agenda will be sent to registrants in June.

Prerequisite: There is some homework that must be completed before coming to the workshop.  This online training module will take approximately 8 hours, at your own pace, and be open in late May. Contact Sarah Falkowski for more details: 239-530-5975.

Food:  Lunch and snacks will be provided.  Please bring your own coffee mug and water bottle.

Accommodations:  GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, located less than 10 minutes away from the Reserve, is offering a discounted room rate of $125/night for a 2-bedroom villa.

Cancellations: This workshop is first-come, first-served, with a waiting list (click on FULL to be added to waitlist).  If you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please notify us as soon as possible so we can open up the space to another teacher.

 Kids FREE Friday: Mammals
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
DetailsRegister
Jun 15, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
FREE 350 10 340

In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides FREE admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.

This week's theme is Animals of the Reserve: Mammals!

Scheduled Activities:

  • 9:00 - 1:00 Kids Crafts (classrooms)
  • 9:00 - 2:00 Estuary Encounter (exhibit hall)
  • 9:30-12:30 Critter Cart (upstairs)
  • 10:15 to 10:45 Story Time (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Creature Feature (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 1:00 JewBan's Deli Food Truck (picnic area)
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Feature Film (auditorium)

Pre-registration is not required.

 Breakfast with the Birds: Amazing Lives of Beach Nesting Birds
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Jun 19, 2018
09:30 am - 10:30 am
$ 15.00 120 2 118
Learn about birds at this summer lecture series! Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the US and beyond for more than 15 years. He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida.
 
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy pastries, coffee and juice.
 Kids FREE Friday: Birds
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
DetailsRegister
Jun 22, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
FREE 350 1 349

In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides FREE admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.

This week's theme is Animals of the Reserve: Birds!

Scheduled Activities:

  • 9:00 - 1:00 Kids Crafts (classrooms)
  • 9:00 - 2:00 Estuary Encounter (exhibit hall)
  • 9:30-12:30 Critter Cart (upstairs)
  • 10:15 to 10:45 Story Time (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Creature Feature (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 1:00 JewBan's Deli Food Truck (picnic area)
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Feature Film (auditorium)

Pre-registration is not required.

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