Family Fridays

Science Saturdays at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Enjoy 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 with a local librarian from the Collier County Public Library, crafts, family-friendly movie in the auditorium and even get a cool critter painted on your arm at the arm art station!

The Environmental Learning Center, located at 300 Tower Road in Naples, is a 16,500 square-foot, air conditioned facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center.

We offer a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. The Environmental Learning Center is also designated as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center!

Even more fun at Rookery Bay!

A visit to Rookery Bay has so much fun in store for Kids & Families. Visit our Environmental Learning Center, Explore Rookery Bay with Nature Tours by Boat & Kayak, or take in a lecture.

Family Fridays Information

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Schedule of Events

9 AM – 4 PM: Craft, Estuary Encounter Touch Tank
10 AM – 10:30 AM: Story Time
10:30 AM – 12 PM: Meet the Librarian!
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Food Vendor
11 AM – 1 PM: Fishing Activity
11 AM – 1 PM: Arm Art
1 PM – 2 PM: Movie Time

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Family Fridays this Summer

Environmental Learning Center Hours
9:00AM – 4:00PM

  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 1
  • July 8
  • July 15
  • July 22

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