KIDS & FAMILIES

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

Family Fun

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. Your adventure awaits.

KIDS & FAMILIES

June through August

Kids Free Fridays

Kids Free Fridays is one of our most popular summer education programs. Offered June through August with themed programs, hands-on activities, craft rooms, story time, films, and a naturalist presentation that is perfect for the entire family!
Kids having a blast at Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Kids learning at Science Saturdays at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Year Round

Science Saturdays

Each Saturday, adults and kids alike can discover science with an educator including examining live organisms under microscopes, behind-the-scenes experiences in our working laboratories, hands-on marine critter connections and more!
August

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. This week long program brings 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
National Estuaries Day fun at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Last Saturday in September

National Estuaries Day

Join us for our annual free celebration of estuaries. Enjoy boat tours, kayaking and SUP demos, food and more! This event takes place annually on the last Saturday of September. Registration required.
November and February

Home School

Join us for Homeschool Day at the Environmental Learning Center from 9:30am – 12:00pm.

Events for Home School Students at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Junior Campout | Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
December and February

Junior Campout

Gain outdoor skills and further your appreciation for the great outdoors of Southwest Florida with the Education staff of Rookery Bay Research Reserve. This is a non-campfire campout. Participants are required to bring their own camping gear. Pizza and light snacks are included. Drop off at 4:30 pm and Pickup at 8:00am next day.
January through April

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. Drop off at 9:00am and Pickup at 4:00pm

Monday, January 6, 2020: Bountiful Birds of Rookery Bay
Monday, February 17, 2020: Estuary Connections
Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Uplands & Ecotones
Friday, April 10, 2020: Adaptations: Strategies for Survival

Estuary Edventures | Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Girls in Science Slumber | Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
November

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.
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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