National Estuaries Day Celebration | Wade In | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

National Estuaries Day

Saturday, May 4, 2024 9AM-4PM
Rediscover Rookery Bay Research Reserve on National Estuaries Day. The annual FREE event held at the country’s 30 national estuarine research reserves will feature family fun for everyone! Rookery Bay is yours to Explore, Enjoy and Protect!

  • Indoor & Outdoor Family Activities
  • Marine Life Touch Tank & Aquaria
  • Nature, Wildlife & Art Exhibits
  • Food Trucks Onsite
  • Kayak Demos
  • Sneak Peek Boat Tours – registration required

Sneak Peek Boat Tours

10 Shell Island Rd. Naples, FL 34113
Boat Tours | Family | Eco-Tours | Dolphins, Manatees, Birds and Wildlife | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Sneak Peek Boat Tours at Rookery Bay Field Station

Friends of Rookery Bay is offering a limited number of “Sneak Peek” 30-minute boat tours with its exclusive eco-tour provider Rising Tide Explorers.  Boat tours are $20 per person. Registration is required.

Book Signing

Susan Levine
9:30am - 12:30pm
Book Signing by Susan Levine for National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
Susan, who is a Naples resident is enchanted by the wildlife, particularly the birds. She is a Florida Master Naturalist and excited to share all that she has learned with children through her books. Susan blends her interest in wildlife with her imaginative storytelling to entertain and teach young children, while being a great resource for teachers and parents.

  • Jenny’s First Catch
  • Gilbert’s Migration Vacation

Book Signing

Anya Beltsina
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Book Signing by Anya Beltsina for National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
Anya’s great passion is writing fun short rhyming stories. She thinks that they really help to memorize a lot of information. Anya brings inanimate objects to life in her books. She hopes that her books could become a useful tool to educate children about our Planet, Solar System, Water Cycle, and many other interesting subjects.

  • Smiley, Happy Planet Earth

Face Painting

9:30am - 3:30pm
Face Painting on National Estuaries Day | Rookery Bay Research Reserve Events
Not just for kids! Everyone can enjoy fun and exciting face painting through out the event by some amazing artists.

Food Trucks

Food Trucks during National Estuaries Day | Rookery Bay Research Reserve Events
Worked up an appetite? No problem! On National Estuaries Day you can sit down next to our butterfly garden on our newly renovated patio and enjoy a some delicious BBQ or keep it simple with a hotdog.

  • HotDogs2Go
  • That Butt is Smokin (BBQ)

Thank You!

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A huge thank you to the Marco Island Shell Club for supporting Rookery Bay’s National Estuaries Day!
National Estuaries Day | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

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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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