It’s good to have Friends, and we hope you will become one of ours.

Our Friends stand for clean water, environmental protection, and a pristine coastline that supports recreational activities such as kayaking and birding as well as commercial endeavors like eco-tourism and fishing. So many of our Friends are drawn to Southwest Florida because of the beautiful and amazing environment, and they want to see it protected for generations to come. That’s why they – like you – invest in Friends of Rookery Bay, a 501(c)(3) Citizen Support Organization.

They say “Strangers are just Friends waiting to happen.” We look forward to having you as our Friend!

Membership Levels | Friends of Rookery Bay | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Student  – $20
Individual – $35
Family – $95
Contributing – $150
Patron – $250
Supporter – $500
Benefactor – $1,000
Lifetime – $10,000

Members' Night Celebration

February 9, 2022
5:00 - 7:00PM

Members and their friends are invited to join us for a welcome reception, member news and our first ever musical serenade featuring world class artists: Naples Philharmonic violist Daniela Shtereva and visiting international guest pianist Daniela Dikova. Registration is required for this FREE event. Thank you to our patron supporters: Charles Marshall, Jr. and Richard Tooke, Tom and Sue Marquardt, Helen and George Maropis.

5:00 – 6:00 Reception
6:00 – 6:20 State of the Friends
6:20 – 6:50 Serenade

Violinist Daniela Shtereva was born in Bulgaria, into a family with preserved musical tradition for five generations. She made her debut with orchestra at the age of six and within ten years she toured most countries in Europe. Daniela has won many prestigious competitions, appeared in concerts from the Kennedy Center to Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and has produced numerous albums. Since 2008, Daniela has been a full time member of the Naples Philharmonic.

Pianist Dr. Daniela Dikova is an award winning Bulgarian musician and Associate Professor at the National Academy of Music. Dr. Dikova is a sought-after accompanist and juror for international competitions and is the founder and artistic director of “VIVAPIANO” – International Competition for Non-Professional Pianists, the first of its kind on the Balkans. Dr. Dikova has produced many albums, including a 2016 collaborative with Daniela Shtereva, “Lullabies for violin and piano.
Members' Night Celebration | Rookery Bay Research Reserve


Association of Nature Center Administrators

Friends of Rookery Bay members enjoy FREE ADMISSION to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Calusa Nature Center in Ft. Myers, and several other Florida nature centers along with free or discounted admission at more than 180 centers nationwide because of our reciprocal membership with the Association of Nature Center Administrators.


I just joined - when can I start enjoying my benefits?

It takes a few weeks to receive your membership card in the mail. If you joined online, you should immediately receive an email confirmation. You may use this confirmation email to gain temporary access to our Environmental Learning Center. To enjoy your membership discount code for our events and ecotours, call (239)530-5972.

I joined online, but I didn’t receive an email confirmation. What next?

Membership registration confirmation messages automatically, some email providers’ firewall settings identify the messages as spam. Please check your “junk” mail folder. To ensure future delivery, please add to your safelist.

Do I still need to log in?

We no longer use a log in feature for the website. Contact the Friends by phone (239-530-5972) or email if you have questions about your membership status.

I need to change my contact information - how do I do it?

Contact the Friends by phone (239-530-5972) or email to update your membership information.

When do I need to show my membership card?

Present it to the Environmental Learning Center to receive your membership benefits.

How can I use my bonus benefits with ANCA?

You will need to present your valid membership card to the registration or front desk to receive your membership benefits.

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