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Join us for a variety of special events developed to deliver positive, rewarding experiences that increase awareness and understanding of the value of coastal ecosystems. Signature events include National Estuaries Day, which is a celebration of estuaries for the entire family! This annual day of fun takes place on the last Saturday in September. The Southwest Florida Nature Festival is a great way to learn about the wildlife, and wild places, this area has to offer. And there's no better way to show your support than participating in the Batfish Bash For the Bay, the Friends of Rookery Bay's annual fundraiser.

The learning at Rookery Bay doesn’t stop just because school is out- be sure to visit the Environmental Learning Center in the summer for Kids FREE Fridays, where kids, parents, and grandparents can enjoy a day of fun!

Summer Slumber

Discover the nocturnal side of nature while camping with our Educators inside the Environmental Learning Center! During this special program, your child will explore the estuarine environment through a number of activities including, but not limited to: trail exploration, plankton sampling, fish feeding, lion fish dissection, late night films, and the latest in research.

Our introductory Summer Slumber on July 17 is FREE, but registration is required. Registration includes admission for one child (age 11-14), all activity supplies, and light snacks (popcorn and fruit) courtesy of the Friends of Rookery Bay. A list of items to bring will be emailed upon registration.

July 17

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Bird Day June 17

Photo by Kirsten HinesBird Day - Free admission! Enjoy our special line up of daily programs, films, and Kristen Hines' South Florida Birds and Gardens photography exhibit! Fee-based programs noted below: 

  9:15-10:45am Award-winning documentary Winged Migration

10:00-11:00am Art for Mom & Me art workshop ($25)*

11:00-11:45am Birds of the Bay naturalist program

12:00-1:00pm Lunch & Learn: Gardening for Birds in South Florida lecture ($10, free for members)*

12:30-1:30pm Touch Tank Exploration

  2:00-2:45pm Seashells of Southwest Florida naturalist program

Earth Day at Rookery Bay

In celebration of Earth Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door.

Join us for Earth Day, Tuesday April 22.
Programs include:

  • Guided Walk on Snail Trail (11-12pm)
  • Touch Tank Exploration (12:30-1:30)
  • Shark Presentation (2-3pm). 
  • A selection of nature films will be shown throughout the day.

 

Winter Soltice

Dec. 20, 2014

In celebration of Winter Solstice, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.

America Recycles Day

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In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." We will be showing "Bag It - is your life too plastic?" as the featured film in our auditorium. 

 

  

 

Track & Treat

Bear TracksOct. 31 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Join us Friday, Oct. 31 for our first annual "Track and Treat" event, suitable for all ages. Meet creepy critters, dissect owl pellets, and test your detective skills for tracking animals. Children are encouraged to wear costumes IF they are suitable for walking on the trails and participating in the craft activities. Activities are included in regular admission. Must pay at door, no registration necessary. Admission fees waived if dressed in costume!

Kids FREE Fridays

Kids Free FridayKids FREE Fridays: June through August

This summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult ($5).

**Up to 5 children per paying adult.

Lunch will be available for purchase from Hot Dogs 2 Go  from 11 am - 1 pm.

Scheduled Activities:
• 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. - Story Time (auditorium)
• 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch for Sale (gallery)

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• 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. – Naturalist Presentation (auditorium)
• 12:30 & 2 p.m. – IMAX Feature Film (auditorium)

Ongoing activities: (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
• Touch Tank
• Kid's Crafts

 

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Darwin Day

Feb. 5 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

In celebration of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Charity Fishing Tournament

November 7, 2015

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida have teamed up to present the Guardian Anglers all-release charity fishing tournament.

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Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race

Kayak RaceNovember 22, 2014

Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. All participants will receive a t-shirt, post-race refreshments, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center! Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each category: men, women, relays, and tandem kayakers.

Registration is limited to 70 people.

Click here to download the race flyer. (989kb)

Register

The race is sponsored by Up A Creek Kayak Tours and benefits Friends of Rookery Bay, with support from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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