Families enjoying the many events for Kids & Families at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Family Fun & Virtual Activities

Adults and children of all ages will discover the wonders of our coastal environment, engaging in a wide array of educational activities and events offered throughout the year. Collier County Residents receive FREE admission the 2nd Saturday of each month year round!

Get your hands on virtual resources to help your kids continue their education about Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Content includes worksheets, quizzes, videos and more. Your adventure awaits.


Summer Institute for Marine Life at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

1/2 Day SUMMER CAMP 2022 - Student Institute for Marine Science (SIMS)

Rookery Bay’s marine science summer camp “SIMS” is back for the summer of 2022! 8th, 9th and 10th grade students interested in marine science have a very special opportunity to learn about the coastal environment with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers during the Student Institute for Marine Science in June and July.

Half-day programs in June and July bring students into the estuary and waters for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability and citizen science.

BOGO Family Fridays

June 17 - July 22
Enjoy Buy-1-Get-1-Free admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on select Fridays this Summer! Join us and experience all that Rookery Bay has to offer plus some extra fun activities like story time, crafts, family-friendly movie and even get a cool critter painted on your arm at the art station!
Kids learning at Science Saturdays at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Birthday Party | Blue Background | Sharks, Dolphins, Manatees, Plankton | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Saturdays - Year Round

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your next birthday with us! With 5 different party crafts to choose from you and 19 other guests can enjoy the exciting activities we offer at the Environmental Learning Center.
September 24, 2022

National Estuaries Day

Join us as we journey into Rookery Bay Research Reserve during National Estuaries Day, Week, and Month! Enjoy labs, videos, boat tours, crafts and much more with our Estuary Heroes all month long.
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Make a Difference

80% of polled 2019 National Estuaries Day attendees rated the educational programming as Excellent and 70% said they learned something that they will apply to a future action.

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National Estuaries Day | Rookery Bay Research Reserve