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kayak and boat tours

We do not own or manage the launch site at the Shell Island Road launch, so whoever chooses to use it does so at their own risk. There is a new non-motorized vessel launch on the corner of Collier Boulevard and Capri Boulevard just north of Marco Island called the Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park. It was developed by the Reserve and managed by Collier County Parks & Recreation.

LINK - Click here for a list of all of the beach and boat access points in Collier County.

Girls in Science Slumber

girls-science-slumber-250Discover 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.

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Earth Day at Rookery Bay

Join us for Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2016.

Earth Day filmsIn 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 FridayKids FREE Fridays: June 17 through August 5, 2016

This summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult ($5). Each week will feature different programs and activities and this year's focus is on fish.



June 17:  InvertebratesIMG 8609
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.

Scheduled Activities:

  • 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.)

  • Crafts
  • Educational activity room (games, plankton lab, etc.)










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

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