2022 Annual Report

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Support Rookery Bay

Friends of Rookery Bay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization connecting people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic coastal environment in support of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Together we can…

  • Inspire 3,000 students and teachers to be stewards of our coast
  • Educate 50,000+ people through eco-tours, classes, and programs.
  • Protect hundreds of sea turtle nests
  • Work to eradicate invasive species, none more challenging than Burmese pythons.
  • Lead the way for innovative conservation and land management practices.


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Every Dollar Matters!

Become a Monthly Donor

Your recurring donation at any level is the most impactful way to protect our environment while supporting education, research and conservation year-round.
It's easy and fun!

Adopt an Animal

Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres are home to all kinds of animals. Reserve staff help keep the environment safe and healthy for all its inhabitants. YOU can help by symbolically adopting either a bird, dolphin, sea star or shark with two adoption levels to chose from.
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Hatchlings Need Your Help!

Adopt a Sea Turtle Program

Your support funded two interns and supplies during the 2022 season (May-Sept.). 108 nests were protected against predation, resulting in 6,041 emerged hatchlings!  Adoptions after August 1st are applied to the following year’s nesting season.
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Welcoming back our..

Brick Tribute Program

We invite you to remember loved ones, honor friends, and commemorate special occasions by purchasing personalized bricks. Bricks will be featured in our new pollinator garden. Allow 4 weeks for production time.
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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 treasure is OURS…the legacy is YOURS.


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

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Investing In Our Future


Your contribution is a long-term investment in the future of our coastal treasure.  Through our endowment, you may select to support our General Fund (earmarked for the Friends) or the Norris-Gaynor Scholarship (earmarked to fund Reserve interns). Our endowment is managed by the Community Foundation of Collier County.
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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 enable the Friends to support the Reserve’s Education programs, serving more than 3,000 Collier County Public school children annually.
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Amazon Smile Program

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

  1. Visit 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!

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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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Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 ft environmentally-friendly educational, research and training facility with research laboratories, classrooms, a 140-seat auditorium, and two-story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences for all ages, including interactive exhibits, an art gallery, nature trails, and picnic areas.
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Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113

Dogs are not allowed in the building or on the nature trails.

Check our calendar for events and annual closures.
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General Admission

Adults: $10
Children Ages 6-12: $5
Children Under 6: FREE
Friends of Rookery Bay members: FREE
Association of Nature Center Administrators Reciprocal Program Members: FREE
Blue Star Museum Program: Active and Retired Military personnel and family FREE year round(up to 6 in total)

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Groups and Private Tours

Your group is welcome to have lunch during your visit to the Environmental Learning Center. Please complete our “group booking form” if you would like a private tour or your group consists of ten people or more.