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Rookery Bay Research Reserve staff educate an average of 3,000 students through field trips annually. The main field trip programs are briefly described below. Requests for other field trips should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Estuary Explorers

This program is designed for fourth grade students in Collier County. The program involves teacher training workshops, classroom investigations, hands-on field trip activities, and all supplies. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Elementary Education Specialist, for more information. 

Rookery Bay SURVIVORS

Rookery Bay SURVIVORS, designed for seventh-grade students, was created in 2014. The program helps teachers and students understand more about the region's coastal environment, as well as engage them in the process of science. All of the activities have been structured for educational effectiveness and incorporate critical thinking strategies, high level questioning, and scientific techniques.

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Field-based Estuarine Studies

This program is designed to educate high school and college students using field-based explorations. Programs are conducted while on board one of several Rookery Bay education vessels and are appropriate for classes such as marine biology, environmental science, oceanography, general biology, chemistry and more. Teachers are required to complete training and classroom-based investigations prior to trips. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., High School & College Education Specialist, for more information. 

Summer Institute for Marine Science (SIMS)

This weeklong program brings students into the estuary for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability and citizen science. It is offered annually and ideal for students entering 8th, 9th and 10th grades. 

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Homeschool Groups

Join during the school year for homeschool programs. Students and their families enjoy an exciting day of age-appropriate estuarine learning experiences led by Rookery Bay Reserve's marine science educators. Programs are designed for students in grades 1 through 10. Click here to see our upcoming homeschool events. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Elementary School Education Specialist, for more information. 

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