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Support Rookery Bay

The Friends of Rookery Bay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of the Friends is to connect people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic coastal environment in support of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Donations support the Reserve’s education, research, and conservation efforts and programs. You do not need to be a member to show your support.

DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Hatchlings Need Your Help!

Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest - $250

With your support, Friends of Rookery Bay’s 2019 Adopt-a-Sea-Turtle-Nest Program provided $12,500 to fund a seasonal intern and project supplies for the Reserve’s turtle program. 104 nests were identified and protected against predation, resulting in over 5,139 emerged hatchlings!
Adopt a Sea Turtle Program | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Donate to Rookery Bay's Red Mangrove Society | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Give Us Props!

Red Mangrove Society Monthly Giving Program

Colorful red mangroves sit prominently at the water’s edge throughout Rookery Bay Research Reserve. They provide habitat for juvenile fish and wading birds and buffer our coastline when storms approach. These forests grow stronger when pencil-shaped propagules bloom and drop off the trees into the estuary waters, taking root and growing upwards to build new trees.

Members of our Red Mangrove Society make the same impact as propagules. Your steady drop of monthly donations helps the Friends by providing a stable funding source throughout our seasonally-driven year.  Consistent funding strengthens our ability to support the Reserve’s active summer interns and program needs.

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders

Lal's Legacy Club

Lal’s Legacy Club was established in 2019 as an inspiration from Lavern Gaynor, a long-time supporter of education and environmental programs at Rookery Bay and throughout South Florida.  Contributing a minimum of $2,500 each, our 12 founding members provide support to the Field Trip Program (4th grade, 7th grade, high school) coordinated by the Reserve’s Education Department. Educating more than 3,000 Collier County Public school children annually, the program helps teachers and students understand more about the region’s coastal environment and engage them in the process of science.
Lal's Legacy Club | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Endowment | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Investing In Our Future

Endowment

Your contribution to our endowment is a long-term investment in the future of our coastal treasure, Rookery Bay Research Reserve.  Our endowment is managed by the Community Foundation of Collier County and open for anyone to donate.
Leaving a Legacy

Planned Giving

What is YOUR lasting legacy? Will it inspire children to care for our coastal treasure?  Or drive cutting-edge research and monitoring to guide conservation of Southwest Florida’s coastal environment. The treasurer is OURS…the legacy is YOURS.

Contact Executive Director, Athan Barkoukis, to discuss wills, bequests, annuities and charitable trusts.

Planned Giving | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
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Shop & Donate

Amazon Smile Program

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

  1. In your internet browser go to smile.amazon.com and log in using your Amazon credentials.
  2. Under the heading “Or pick your own charitable organization” enter “Friends of Rookery Bay” then click “Search”
  3. Select “Friends of Rookery Bay” and shop away at no additional cost to you!

YOUR Gift Is Our....

Amazon Wishlist

Find YOUR gift on our wishlist. Throughout the year Rookery Bay Research Reserve and Friends of Rookery Bay staff often need a wide array of tools and other resources that don’t make it in our annual budget. From aquaria supplies to iPad cases for youth education programs,  YOUR gift helps us accomplish the task at hand.
Amazon Wishlist Donation | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
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Financial Documents

Friends of Rookery Bay is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and is registered with the State of Florida (85-8012880441C-9). A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-435-7352. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

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