2020 SUMMER ART COMPETITION

ROOKERY BAY ART COMPETITION

Each week middle and high school students are challenged to use an art form to show what the theme week means to them in regards to nature or the environment. Students can write a story or design a piece of art (with digital media, drawing or painting). Submissions are due by Thursday of the theme week and a winner will be selected and announced on Friday via our website and Facebook. Winners receive a prize and grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the series.

  • June 8 – 11:  Predation
  • June 15 – 18: Competition
  • June 22 – 25: Habitats
  • June 29 – July 2: Camouflage

VIRTUAL EDUCATION & FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Year Round

Sharks

Learn all about Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s 20-year shark monitoring program with videos, presentations and downloadable activity sheets
Youth Education Resources | Kids & Family | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Virtual Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Conservation

Discover the many ways Rookery Bay’s Stewardship team works to conserve and protect our 110,000 acres of land and water for future generations.
Plankton at Rookery Bay Research Reserve | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Plankton

Explore the microscopic world of plankton with Rookery Bay! Plankton are among the most numerous life forms on the planet and a major food source for other fish and animals. Plant-based and animal plankton are extremely important in oceans and estuaries around the world, especially here at Rookery Bay.

Habitats

Learn about the variety of habitats in Rookery Bay Research Reserve including mangrove forests and oyster beds.
Virtual Education | Habitats | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Virtual Education | Fish | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Fish

Discover and learn how to identify the many different species of fish found in Rookery Bay Research Reserve. As an estuary (where salt and fresh water come together), Rookery Bay’s waters are a perfect and pristine nursery for fish to spawn and raise their young.

Aquatic Invertebrates

Rookery Bay Research Reserve is home to numerous kinds of aquatic invertebrates (marine animals without backbones). Learn more about the crabs, seastars, urchins, whelks and other invertebrates that reside in our shallow estuary waters.
Family Activities | Invertebrates | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Family Activities | Sea Turtles | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Sea Turtles

Learn about the sea turtles of Rookery Bay Research Reserve! Our staff, volunteers and interns monitor sea turtles from initial nesting activity to egg incubation to baby turtle hatchlings emerging from the nest and crawling to the sea.

Birds

Learn more about Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s fine feathered friends … some live here full-time and some visit only in the winter (just like people)!
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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