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 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Dec 11, 2017
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 7 8

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.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsClosed
Dec 12, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 4 6

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Lunch & Learn: The Florida Dream
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Dec 12, 2017
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
$ 15.00 120 109 11

Hear from expert speakers, and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch).  Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10% discount (Please login to website to receive your discounted rate). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Given By: Gary Mormino, scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council and a professor emeritus of history

Lecture Description: On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the American South and Naples was a village of 1,200 residents, with no banks!  Today, Florida is a Sunbelt megastate, and Naples is one of the most desirable places on the globe.  What happened?

Brief Bio: Gary Mormino is a prolific author, concentrating his energies trying to understand modern Florida. His books include The Immigrant World of Ybor City and Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams.

 

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsClosed
Dec 12, 2017
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 2 4

Description: 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 will “get you there”. Wander through the backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals and how they fit into the complex tapestry of this place we call an estuary. Journey back in time and learn how human and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are the same.

Difficulty level: 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.

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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
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Dec 13, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 0 10

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please 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
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Dec 13, 2017
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 0 6

Description: An opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your guide and learn about: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, fishes, birds, and more. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet.

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

What to wear: Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Dec 14, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 2 8

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Island Time Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Dec 14, 2017
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 0 6

Description: This tour is a wandering exploration of the remarkable diversity of islands in the heart of Rookery Bay Reserve north of Big Marco Pass. Diversity is a fundamental characteristic of estuaries, and your guide will share stories that reveal the subtle, and dramatic, differences that make our islands so fascinating. Topics include plants, animals, geology, ecology, and more. Learn why these unique islands have been, and will continue to be, important to people. Changing conditions means no two tours are the same. 

Difficulty level: 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.

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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Dec 15, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 5 5

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please 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
Dec 15, 2017
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 0 6

Description: An opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your guide and learn about: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, fishes, birds, and more. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet.

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

What to wear: Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Dec 18, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 0 10

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Dec 19, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 0 10

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please 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
Dec 19, 2017
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 2 4

Description: Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit a particularly unusual place. 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 guide will help you appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will learn about the specially adapted trees, shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. Experience a place few visitors get to see!

Difficulty level: Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied to shore and walk about 70 yards uphill on a sandy trail.

What to wear: Closed-toed shoes are required.

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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Dec 20, 2017
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 0 10

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Island Time Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Dec 20, 2017
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 1 5

Description: This tour is a wandering exploration of the remarkable diversity of islands in the heart of Rookery Bay Reserve north of Big Marco Pass. Diversity is a fundamental characteristic of estuaries, and your guide will share stories that reveal the subtle, and dramatic, differences that make our islands so fascinating. Topics include plants, animals, geology, ecology, and more. Learn why these unique islands have been, and will continue to be, important to people. Changing conditions means no two tours are the same. 

Difficulty level: 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.

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

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