Families enjoying the many events for Kids & Families at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Research | Education | Conservation | Training

Committed to Learning

The Education Department coordinates programming at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center for all ages.  Reserve educators help schoolchildren on field trips as well as Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center visitors understand the role they play in preserving this unique coastal environment.


Elementary School
(Scheduling window is August and September)

Estuary Explorers

Estuary Explorers is designed for fourth grade students and involves teacher training workshops, classroom investigations, hands-on field trip activities, and all supplies. Please contact Sarah Falkowski, Education Coordinator, for more information.
Estuary Encounters in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Middle School
(Scheduling window is August and September)


Rookery Bay SURVIVORS, designed for seventh-grade students, helps teachers and students understand more about the region’s coastal environment, as well as engage them in the process of science. All of the activities have been structured for educational effectiveness and incorporate critical thinking strategies, high level questioning, and scientific techniques. Concepts addressed include the Scientific Method, Ecology, Energy Transfer, Food Web, Diversity, Limiting Factors, Adaptation, Relationships Among Organisms, Disturbance, Data Interpretation.
Grades 1 through 10


Private group field experiences are not available for booking until August 2022, but you can schedule a self-guided onsite visit at a group rate.

  • 10-person minimum and 30-person maximum per group
  • $5 adults and $3 children
  • Group must be scheduled 2 weeks prior to visit*
  • Group admission does not include special programs or tours

Home school Programs in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Field-based Estuarine Studies in Naples | Rookery Bay Research REserve
High School & College
(Scheduling window is August and September)

Field-based Estuarine Studies

Field-based Estuarine Studies is designed to educate high school and college students using field-based explorations. Programs are conducted on education vessels and are appropriate for classes such as marine biology, environmental science, oceanography and more. Teachers are required to complete training and classroom-based work. Please contact Morgan Zeleny for information on High School & College Education programs.
For All Ages

Year-Round Excitement, Fun and Education

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers a variety of activities throughout the year. From activities for kids and families, to lectures and classes that teach you all about our coastal environment, to exciting annual events that help to support the continued efforts of the Rookery Bay Staff. There is something for everyone year-round.
Institute for Marine Science in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Teachers on the Estuary in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary is an annual, two-day workshop for middle school teachers that provides hands-on, field-based, professional teacher development opportunities. Teachers from Collier County and around the state learn about issues facing estuaries in southwest Florida during field trips into the estuary and experience hands-on sessions led by educators and community partners focusing on water quality, invasive species, and watershed management.

Help Make a Difference!

Volunteer at Rookery Bay

Hundreds of volunteers play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary. Opportunities are endless. Training is provided. A passion for our coastal environment is a must. Join one of our monthly volunteer orientations and learn about supporting our coastal treasure, Rookery Bay Research Reserve!