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Become a Friend of Rookery Bay

The Friends provide vital monetary and in-kind support for Reserve programs and operations. Our members, volunteers and donors enable us to be a reliable partner to the Reserve and an advocate for preservation and coastal protection.

If you live in Southwest Florida, the Reserve protects YOUR coast. Its 110,000 acres stretch from downtown Naples east through the Western Everglades, encompassing 40% of Collier County’s coastline! Reserve scientists monitor water quality, restore mangroves and manage habitat. Reserve educators host field trips for 4th grade, 7th grade and high school students and coordinate diverse programs for visitors of the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

If you live outside Southwest Florida, the Reserve lands impact YOU because many migratory birds visit or winter here, and the seafood you eat may have started its life in our estuary waters.


Make a Donation

Your donation helps the Friends support the Reserve’s education, research, and conservation efforts and programs. You do not need to be a member to show your support. One-time donations at any level are available for members and non-members alike.
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Become a Member

As a member of the Friends of Rookery Bay, you are an intricate part of our organization. Serving as an advocate for this special place, you help us protect what is most dear to Southwest Florida – the variety of ecosystems and wildlife that live here. We value your voice and support.

Memberships start at $20 per year.


Hundreds of volunteers play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary in the donation of over 18,000 hours a year. We have a variety of opportunities for you to choose from.

Access to our application is temporarily unavailable while we transition to a new volunteer software over the next week. At this time, please email the volunteer coordinator directly at for more information.

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