Lectures & Classes at Rookery Bay| National Estuarine Research Reserve
Engage and Learn

Learning with the Experts

Engage, learn, and immerse yourself with the experts in multiple topics by attending a lecture or class at Rookery Bay Research Reserve. We offer lectures about birds, classes on photography, professional training, and more! What are you waiting for? Book your next class today!


November - April

Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

The Lunch & Learn lecture series hosted at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests to enjoy a meal in the comfort of the auditorium while learning about an environmental topic from Noon-1PM. Click “Book Now” to view our upcoming topics.
Lunch & Learn | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Jan Deswik | Brush Strokes Class | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
2-3 classes per Month

Rookery Bay Brush Strokes

Paint the beauty of coastal Naples and the wildlife of estuary waters at Rookery Bay Brush Strokes water color painting class by local Naples artist, Jan Deswik. Held in classrooms at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, participants will complete a painted piece with matte at each session.

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Spotlights on nature from shells to bird life to local waterways
  • All materials are included
  • Complete a painting at each class!


Science Nite

Why not shake up your after work or dinner routine and come on out to one of Rookery Bay’s Science Nites for a little science and interesting information while you socialize? At our 2020 series of Science Nites, well-known area experts will treat you to a presentation and fun facts about some of Southwest Florida’s most popular wildlife. Food and drink will be served.
Science Nite | Lectures and Classes | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Breakfast with the Birds at Rookery Bay| National Estuarine Research Reserve
May - August

Breakfast With the Birds Lecture Series

The Breakfast with the Birds lecture series hosted at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests from 9:30AM to 10:30AM to enjoy pastries, juice and coffee while learning about the biology and habitat of shorebirds and seabirds.

Lectures are provided by Adam DiNuovo, the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida. DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the United States and beyond for more than 15 years. Click “Book Now” to view our upcoming topics.


Essentials of Digital Photography

Want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features? Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you.

You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. 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.

No previous camera or photography experience necessary.

Essentials of Digital Photography | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Birds of the Beach | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
November - April

Birds of the Beach

In Birds of the Beach, Adam DiNuovo, Shorebird Stewardship Program Coordinator with Audubon Florida, will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential.

Learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification. Classroom session is followed by a field trip to a nearby beach to practice new skills.

Year Round

Professional Training Classes

Rookery Bay’s Coastal Training Program offers diverse opportunities for professionals to advance their understanding of coastal issues. They serve as a forum for SWFL professionals working to resolve environmental issues of local significance.

Professionals benefit from science-based information, skills, and access to technology and partnerships. A range of services are available and are aimed at a wide variety of professionals.

Professional Training | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

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