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!


Break with the Birds: The Terns Turn

Online admission: $10.00 Limited spaces are available.

Each month this summer, join three avian experts for an online webinar to learn about the amazing migration journeys of seabirds, their nesting habits and daily lives. You’ll view birds through a special live-streaming telescope and take virtual tours of some of the best places see seabirds, from beaches to islands to mudflats!

  • May 20 – Discover the Littlest Seabirds – The Least Terns
  • June 24 – The Uncommon Lives of the Common Terns
  • July 29 – For the Love of Black Skimmer Chicks
  • August 18 – Seabirds Tern it Up for the Season Finale

Break with the Birds | Terns Turn | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Edscursion Live from the Field | Lectures and Classes | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Summer EDscursions: Virtual LIVE Field Trips

Perfect for Students and Life-long Learners of All Ages


Rediscover Rookery Bay this summer! Join the Education Team LIVE from the field, via Zoom and video technology, as they explore the coolest habitats within Rookery Bay Reserve. We’ll highlight some of the best public-access points within the Reserve during this virtual online program that you can experience anytime on your own! Remember, Rookery Bay is yours to explore and enjoy!

Offered twice a month online via Zoom | June – August  | 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

  • July 7th CANCELLED – Browse the Boardwalk!
  • July 16 – Meander the Mudflats!
  • August 11 – Observe the Oysters!
  • August 20 – Beauty of the Beach!

Trivia Time

Perfect for Students and Life-long Learners of All Ages
Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for Trivia Time and test your knowledge about the Reserve, birds and “all things” nature in Southwest Florida. The Rookery Bay team will be on hand to dole out the fun, fellowship and tabulate results. Trivia Time is interactive, fun and, of course, filled with opportunities to win cool Rookery Bay prizes.
Trivia Time | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Master Naturalist Program | Events | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Are you interested in increasing your knowledge of Florida’s unique coastal habitat and wildlife? Rookery Bay Research Reserve partners with the University of Florida to offer a section of the Florida Master Naturalist Program – Coastal Systems. You’ll learn about marine environments, birds, fish, mammals and more!

Monthly During Fall

Essentials of Digital Photography

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you.
This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. 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 is necessary, just a desire to learn.**

Essentials of Digital Photography | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

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