Girls in Science Slumber
Discover the nocturnal side of nature with the Educators at Rookery Bay Reserve! Girls ages 8-14 are invited to join staff for this overnight program and learn more about the changing seasons: critter seasons, to be exact! Several animals return to the reserve during this special time of year to continue the success of their kind. We'll also take a closer look at who makes themselves known in the night, and who embraces the daytime sun.
Event includes evening/morning snack, games and activities, guest speakers, a commemorative Rookery Bay water bottle, takeaways, and FREE passes to the Environmental Learning Center for your next visit.
Earth Day at Rookery Bay
Join us for Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2016.
In celebration of Earth Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission."
A selection of nature films will be shown throughout the day.
Kids FREE Fridays
Kids FREE Fridays: June 17 through August 5, 2016
This popular summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult ($5). We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.
Each week will feature different programs and activities and this year's theme focuses on "Animals of the Sea."
June 17: Invertebrates
June 24: Plankton
July 1: Fish
July 8: Predators
July 15: Invertebrates
July 22: Plankton
July 29: Fish
August 5: Predators
**Up to 5 children per paying adult.
A Food Truck will be on site each day for lunch purchases from 11 am - 2 pm.
- 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Story Time (auditorium)
- 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Touch Tank (exhibit hall)
- 11 a.m. Feature Film (auditorium)
- 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Face Painting (upstairs)
- 12:30 - 2 p.m. Touch Tank (exhibit hall)
- 12:30 p.m. Feature Film (auditorium)
- 2 p.m. Feature Film (auditorium)
Ongoing activities: (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Educational activity room (games, plankton lab, etc.)
National Estuaries Day
September 24, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Join us for our FREE annual celebration of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. Called National Estuaries Day, the celebration recognizes the importance of estuaries, the habitat where rivers meet the sea.
This annual event will include staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat 15 minutes away), introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, stand-up paddleboarding demos on Henderson Creek, marine critter touch tank, live animal presentations, kids games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs including creek chemistry, plankton and shark labs, films, food and more.
Admission is free and activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins when doors open at 9 am. Age restrictions apply.
For those who prefer not to wait in line, VIP "express" passes are available for our 11 am boat tour with the option to reserve space in one additional activity. Cost is $25, with proceeds supporting the Friends. Click the register link below for details.
International Migratory Bird Day
May 14, 2016
This international event celebrates the migration patterns of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission" and will be showing a selection of bird films. Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.
More info about migrating birds