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If you require specific accommodations to participate in 2019 National Estuaries Day, please contact us in advance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 239-530-5972. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for our FREE annual celebration of the 29 estuarine research reserves around the nation. Called National Estuaries Day, the celebration recognizes the importance of estuaries. Also called "cradles of the ocean," this habitat is found where rivers meet the sea. 


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This Annual FREE Day of FUN Includes...

Staff-narrated boat tours, introductory kayaking trips, stand-up paddleboarding demos on Henderson Creek, Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit, kids' crafts, Junior Scientist activities, films, a food truck, music and more!

In the Art Gallery...

Enjoy Age of the Holocene art exhibition with works by local artists. This unique exhibit focuses on the artists’ environmental concerns. Art of the Holocene pairs over 20 works created by four female artists who are inspired by colors found in nature, nature itself or the essence of nature. Works in the exhibit are diverse in medium and compositions ranging from ethereal to abstract and linear. 


In the Auditorium...



Immerse yourself in 40 years of Rookery Bay by watching our new documentary film - Southwest Florida's Mangrove Coast in the auditorium. Produced by emmy award-winning filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and Live Oak Production Group, the film highlights Rookery Bay’s past and present programs. It also includes appearances by people who were instrumental in creating the reserve, as well as partners who continue to help the reserve achieve its mission of providing a basis for informed stewardship of estuaries in Southwest Florida through research and education. 







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