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.

Get your hands on 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 Science (SIMS)

Students with an interest in marine science are invited to participate in a very special opportunity to learn about the coastal environment with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers during the Summer Institute for Marine Science. These half-day programs bring students into the estuary for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability and citizen science.
Summer Institute for Marine Life at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve


Junior Campout | Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
January - March

Family Campout

Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s Family Campout is the perfect way to get familiar with tent camping while staying safe, local and socially distant! Families can experience the outdoors while also enjoying some fun, socially distant activities! Each family will be assigned their own campsite with a maximum of 8 people per site. This is a non-campfire campout. Participants are required to bring their own camping gear.
Fall 2020

Rookery Bay Road Rally - SOLD OUT

A fun way to social distance, explore the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Research Reserve and raise funds to protect our coastal environment!

Download the event flyer

  • Follow route directions and answer quiz show-style questions about things you’ll see long the way
  • Stop at optional activities or stay in your vehicle the entire way
  • An interactive day that engages the whole family
  • Giveaways
  • Rally ends at an exciting, undisclosed location for prize distribution

Sanctioned by
Sports Car Club of America

Rookery Bay Road Rally | Kids and Family Events | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Classic Car Show | Island Automotive | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Fall 2020

2nd Annual Classic Car Show

Building on success of the inaugural Rookery Bay Classic Car Show featuring 92 classic cars and over 800 attendees, our 2nd annual event was another wonderful affair. Participants viewed 102 antique, classic and muscle cars. Plus food trucks and family-friendly activities were enjoyed by all!

Pre-1930s Antiques
’40s & ’50s Classics
’60s & ’70s Muscle Cars

September 19 - 26, 2020

National Estuaries Week

Join us as we virtually journey into Rookery Bay Research Reserve every day during National Estuaries Week. Enjoy online “live streaming” adventures, interviews, videos, crafts and more with our Estuary Heroes including the Rookery Bay Sea Turtle Team, Shark Researchers, Marine Educators, Invasive Species Specialists and Shorebird Biologists.
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Events for Home School Students at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Home School

We apologize for the inconvenience but Homeschool Day is currently unavailable.
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Estuary Edventures

School may be out but the estuary is open for exploring! Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve Educators for a day in the field with hands on learning that will leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation of our local estuaries. Students must bring their own lunch/snacks. Water is provided.
Estuary Edventures | Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Girls in Science Slumber | Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
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Girls in Science Slumber

Discover the nocturnal side of nature while camping with Rookery Bay Research Reserve Educators inside our Environmental Learning Center. This program will emphasize the unique Southwest Florida environments we call home. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bag/pillow. Pizza and light snacks are included. Drop off at 5pm and Pickup at 8:00am next day.
VIRTUAL ONLY: Saturdays - Year Round

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your next birthday with us! With 5 different birthday party themes to choose from you and 19 other guests can enjoy the exciting activities we offer at the Environmental Learning Center.
Birthday Parties | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
National Estuaries Day | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

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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