Annual Members' Night Reception
Why It’s Time to Move Beyond Single-Use Plastic

Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Members and friends are invited to join us for a welcome reception, member news and our featured keynote presenter, Stefanie Penn Spear.

Every five seconds, 60,000 plastic bags are used in the U.S. If we keep producing plastics at predicted rates, plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for pound in 2050. Stefanie will discuss the plastic pollution crisis – local to global. She’ll explain how plastic pollution impacts human health and the environment, and discuss possible solutions to this crisis, including policy, consumer behavior, corporate responsibility and the arts.

Stefanie has spent her career uniting and amplifying the voices of the environmental grassroots movement to mobilize millions of people toward positive change. She has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and leader, and is the founder of EcoWatch, Expedite Renewable Energy and Stellar Consulting.

In January 2020, Stefanie will be joining eXXpedition, an all-women crew sailing around the world to raise awareness about the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics. Follow Stefanie’s adventures on Twitter at @StefanieSpear and Instagram @ cle.sup.

Members' Night Presentation | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Cleveland Reception | Special Events | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Rockin' Cleveland Reception
at Rookery Bay

Hosts Angela Caruso and Athan Barkoukis
Join Cleveland area friends for a complimentary evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres set among the aquariums, art gallery and exhibits at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The evening will also include a raffle for a private boat tour within Rookery Bay Research Reserve and other prizes.


Art Gallery Receptions at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Intersection of Art & the Environment

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Art Gallery hosts several exhibitions each year. A partnership with the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) enables annual exhibitions of painting and photography juried by local art experts while other shows feature works by local students, Reserve friends & family, or featured artists. Most of the works are available for purchase.

  • The Reserve and UAC work together to promote the arts and the environment. While applied science is the focus of most Reserve activities, we acknowledge that there are many pathways toward greater understanding of the natural world.
  • Our Art Gallery creates an opportunity for people to increase their sense of wonder for nature by stimulating and celebrating personal expression through the visual arts.

Exhibition: January 14 - April 2, 2020
Reception: January 23, 2020

Natural Selections - Photography Annual

Join exhibiting photographers and juror for our Annual Photography Art Reception.

Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet the exhibiting artists and juror during our free reception.

Annual Photography Art Exhibitions at Rookery Bay Natural Selections Annual Painting Exhibitions at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Feature Artist in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Save the Sea Turtles Collection Reception: January 31, 2020
Featured Artist Meet & Greet Reception: April 9, 2020

Featured Artist of the Year

Dora Knuteson
Dora will be onsite creating ‘sea turtle’ and ‘Rookery Bay’ inspired collections throughout the year. She has created a large mural at the Environmental Learning Center depicting our coastal treasure and the wildlife that call it home. Part of her artistic mission is to support the conservation and environmental protection of local waters and wildlife.

January 31: Join us for a special one night event debuting a new collection of sea turtle themed paintings. 50% of all artwork sales will go directly to the Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest Program.

April 9: Meet Dora at the debut of her new collection of ‘Rookery Bay’ inspired paintings. A portion of all proceeds support the Friends of Rookery Bay.

Wine and light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested.

Follow Dora @DoraKnutesonArt or visit her website


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.

Art Reception Dates

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  • Art of Holocene – August 22, 2019
  • Natural Selections – November 14, 2019
  • Annual Photography Exhibition – January 23, 2020
  • Save the Sea Turtles by Dora Knuteson – January 31, 2020
  • Rookery Bay Inspired by Dora Knuteson – April 9, 2020

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