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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.

National Estuaries Day

September 27, 2014

The National Estuaries Day event at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will include staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat), kayak trips, marine critter touch tank, live animal presentations, kids games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, films, food and more. A reduced admission fee for the day includes all activities (reg. $5).

Kids FREE Fridays

Kids Free FridayKids FREE Fridays: June 6 to August 1, 2014

This summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult ($5). Educators will present a different topic each week, see schedule below. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 am - 1 pm.

 

Weekly Theme:

June 6 and July 11: Water
Let's begin building a Rookery! We will have to start with water, the most important part of this habitat. When fresh water and salt water mix together, they form a special kind of water called brackish water. Join us for experiments on salinity and an exploration into the world of plankton during this opening week of Kid's Free Friday.

June 13 and July 18: Oysters
Now that we have the water in our estuary, let's add some very important filter feeders! Oysters filter the water and provide great hiding places for small crabs in the estuary. This week we will learn all about oysters and their importance in the estuary.

June 20 and July 25: Mangroves
What beautiful oyster beds we have in our brackish water of the estuary! Now the mangrove propagules (seeds) can grow big and strong on the oyster beds to create mangrove islands. Little fish love the roots of the Red Mangrove tree that grow down into the water like a cage. Learn with us this week about Mangrove trees in the estuary!

June 27 and August 1: Birds
The mangrove islands formed on top of the oyster beds in our estuary provide a great place to nest and rest for birds... we call this a Rookery! Congratulations! We have made a Rookery and now the birds have a safe place to raise their babies and sleep for the night.

 

KFF-Storytime-s Special Activities:  

10:00 to 10:45 am: Story Time (auditorium)

11:00 to 11:45 am: Lab Demonstration (auditorium)

11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Box Lunches for Sale

12:00 to 12:45 pm: Story Time (auditorium)

                                                      1:00 to 1:45 pm: Lab Demonstration (auditorium)

                                                      2:00 to 2:45 pm: Feature Film (auditorium)


KFF-Boat-playtime-sOngoing activities:
(10 am to 2 pm)

Touch Tank

Kid’s Crafts

Laboratory Tours

 

 

World Habitat Day

October 6, 2014

World Habitat Day reminds us of the basic need for adequate shelter. In order to build an adequate shelter, we must nurture a healthy ecosystem. Come in today and learn how Rookery Bay helps keep our ecosystem thriving and enjoy "buy one, get one free admission" to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary

National Wildlife Day

September 4, 2014

National Wildlife Day is celebrated each year to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals around the world and to commend those who are educating the public about conservation strategies to protect the world we live in. In celebration of National Wildlife Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary.

Smokey the Bear's Birthday

August 8, 2014

Smokey Bear reminds us of the danger of forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them. Take today to learn about Rookery Bay's prescribed fire program and how this program helps prevent wild forest fires! In celebration of Smokey Bear's birthday, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary.

Coral Reef Awareness Day

July 15, 2014

Florida is the only state in the continental United States to have extensive shallow coral reef formations near its coasts. In celebration of these vibrant habitats, during Coral Reef Awareness Week, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary.

World Oceans Day

June 9, 2014

Officially recognized by the United Nations, World Oceans Day is held worldwide to encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations. In celebration of World Oceans Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers "buy one, get one free admission." Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary.

World Biodiversity Day

May 22, 2014

World Biodiversity Day was created to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Come learn about the incredible variety of life found in our ecosystem while enjoying "buy one, get one free admission" to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Higher Price Prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Programs include Slithering Snakes (11 - 12 pm) and Birds of the Beach (2 - 3 pm).

International Migratory Bird Day

May 12, 2014

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.

Batfish Bash for the Bay

Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 6 to 10 p.m.

batfish-2014-logo-7-sThis year, the Batfish Bash for the Bay featured delicious food from Matthews and Gardner catering. Hors d'Oeuvres, soups, sandwiches, a fresh grilling station, and many delectable dessert options entertained guests' tastebuds while the upbeat and catchy music from the Girl Meets Boy band had them grooving on the dance floor!

Proceeds from the Batfish Bash support youth science education, environmental research activities and community outreach programs provided by the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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