EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITIES

School Classes Only

ELC Explorers

Elementary School
Scheduling window is August and September

ELC EXPLORERS

Elementary School

Field Trip Information

ELC Explorers is designed as a science based program for 3rd-5th grade students and involves pre-trip investigations, hands-on field trip activities at our Environmental Learning Center, and all supplies.

  • Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours program
  • Price: $300
  • Activities include: plankton lab, mangrove habitat, and exploration of the ELC exhibits.
  • Scheduling Request Window: August and September
Please contact Sarah Falkowski, Education Coordinator, for more information.

FIELD EXPERIENCE

Middle School & High School
Scheduling window is August and September

FIELD EXPERIENCE

Middle School & High School

Field Trip Information

This field experience is designed for middle school or high school science
classes and focuses on active investigation of our coastal environment. Field activities are determined by grade level.

  • Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours program
  • Price: $300
  • Activities may include: habitat change, form and function of fish, invertebrate ID, mangrove ecology, and collection methods (like seining or plankton tow)
  • Scheduling Request Window: August and September
For middle school requests please contact Jeannine Young, Education Specialist, for more information. For high school requests please contact Morgan Zeleny, Education Specialist, for more information.

FIELD EXPERIENCE

College
Scheduling Window is all year

FIELD EXPERIENCE

College

Field Trip Information

Location of program may be field based or at the Environmental Learning Center and are at the discretion of Rookery Bay NERR staff.

  • Duration: 2 - 3 hour programs
  • Activities: determined by course description
  • Scheduling Request Window: All Year
Please contact Morgan Zeleny, Education Specialist, for more information.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

HOMESCHOOL

Grade 1 - 10
Currently Unavailable Check back for updates.

HOMESCHOOL

Grade 1st through 10th

Field Trip Information

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

YEAR-ROUND EXCITEMENT

All Ages
Throughout the year

Year-Round Excitement, Fun and Education

All Ages

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.

TEACHERS ON THE ESTUARY

Teachers
Annually

TEACHERS ON THE ESTUARY

Teachers

Field Trip Information

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) 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.

Explore on Your Own

All Ages
Year Round

Explore on Your Own

All Ages
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.

Group Rates

Self-Guided, Group Rate (adults and/or children)

  • 10-person minimum and 30-person maximum per group
  • $5 adults; $3 children
  • Group must be scheduled > 2 weeks prior to visit*
  • Group admission does not include special programs or tours
Guided/Special Group Rate
  • Group size variable based on type and availability
  • Group must be scheduled > 4 weeks prior to visit
  • Guided Tour: $10/person
    • 1.5-hour docent led tour of exhibits, estuary encounter, trail and garden
    • Guests may stay longer.

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!