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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!

Winter Slumber

Winter slumberDec 19, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:00 am

Discover the nocturnal side of nature while camping with our Educators inside the Environmental Learning Center! During this special program, your child (ages 11 - 14) will learn how to tell HOO from HOO during an owl encounter, investigate invasive species with a surprise guest speaker, and learn the latest in research taking place inside the reserve.

Event includes evening/morning snack, games and activities, guest speakers, a commemorative Rookery Bay water bottle, and FREE passes to the Environmental Learning Center for your next visit.

More details to be released closer to date of event. A list of items to bring will be emailed upon registration.

Program must meet minimum of 10 students in order to occur. Emergency contact information and misconduct agreement will be completed at drop off.

Cost is $25.

Register now!

Winter Soltice

Dec. 22, 2015

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

recycles-event-bagit-250Nov. 16, 2015

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. 




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 21, 2015

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.

New this year: a 5K Trail Run!

All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Oct. 31), post-race refreshments, Rookery Bay water bottle and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center and entry for door prizes. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis. New this year: 10-year age group awards!

Space is limited. Register

Early registration costs are as follows:

  • 5K only $30
  • Adventure Race Individual $35
  • Adventure Race Relays/Tandem $60
  • Kayak rental: $20

Register early! Prices increase on October 1st and again November 1st

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

Dowload Event Flyer - CLICK HERE

Movie Mania!

2015 Dates:

Dec. 28 - 31 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Bring the whole family and enjoy a selection of nature films! Movie mania is held in the auditorium where the amphitheater-style, cushioned seating will give everyone a great view of the film with ample room to relax! Film selections are subject to change. Only family-friendly films will be shown.  


Holiday Crafts for Kids

holiday-crafts-s2015 Dates:

Dec. 21 - 24 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Make wildlife crafts such as cabbage palm reindeers and more. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. FREE with Environmental Learning Center admission ($5 adults, $3 kids 6-12, FREE for kids under 6).

Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Offered each year on the third weekend in January, this festival offers nearly 40 guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida. Click here for all the details!


Batfish Bash for the Bay

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Batfish Bash for the Bay is the Friends of Rookery Bay's signature annual fundraiser.

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