National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Kids & Families


In 2019, a record crowd of more than 800 guests recently celebrated National Estuaries Day (NED). NED is part of a nationwide celebration of National Estuaries Week where organizations and volunteers from across the country gathered at their local bays, riverfronts and estuaries to learn about and celebrate the importance of estuaries and how they benefit our coastal way of life.

The free event at Rookery Bay included boat rides, kayaks, hands-on science demos, kids activities and more.

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About: Stay tuned for our 2020 information.


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.

This Annual FREE Day of FUN Includes...

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  • Staff-narrated boat tours
  • Introductory kayaking trips
  • Stand-up paddle boarding demos on Henderson Creek
  • Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit
  • Kids’ crafts
  • Junior Scientist activities
  • Films
  • Food truck
  • Music and more!

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In the Art Gallery...

Enjoy Age of the Holocene art exhibition with works by local artists. This unique exhibit focuses on the artists’ environmental concerns. Art of the Holocene pairs over 20 works created by four female artists who are inspired by colors found in nature, nature itself or the essence of nature. Works in the exhibit are diverse in medium and compositions ranging from ethereal to abstract and linear.

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In the Auditorium...

Immerse yourself in 40 years of Rookery Bay by watching our new documentary film – Southwest Florida’s Mangrove Coast in the auditorium. Produced by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and Live Oak Production Group, the film highlights Rookery Bay’s past and present programs.

It also includes appearances by people who were instrumental in creating the reserve, as well as partners who continue to help the reserve achieve its mission of providing a basis for informed stewardship of estuaries in Southwest Florida through research and education.

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