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Following years of research, planning and fundraising, Phase IA of the Fruit Farm Creek restoration project in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is complete. The project is reestablishing a historic tidal channel adjacent to the Steven’s Landing community near Marco Island and ultimately restore 64 acres of mangrove forests.

NAPLES, FL (July 18, 2012) - The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, hosts three landscaping classes presented by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program during August. Landscape professionals and the general public are encouraged to attend.

NAPLES, FL (July 12, 2012) - Wayne Hasson, president of Oceans for Youth Foundation and co-founder of Aggressor Fleet, presents a lecture with underwater photos and video entitled “Fascinating Humpback Whale Facts” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road in Naples. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception with the speaker. The cost is $8 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and $10 for non-members. Registration is suggested at rookerybay.org/upcoming-events. For more information, call 239-530-5940.

Grant-funded project provides new tool for research and management of cultural resources

NAPLES, FL (June 29, 2012) - Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (the Reserve) has announced the completion of a Florida Division of Historical Resources grant-funded assessment of historic sites on state-owned lands and the creation of a comprehensive, multi-layered database of historic and cultural resources within the managed boundary.

NAPLES, FL (June 14, 2012) - Stay cool indoors at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, where the Kids FREE Fridays program runs through Aug. 10 offering free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult.

Following a “whale tales” theme, educators will present a different topic each week tied overall to marine mammals, including dolphins, manatees and whales. Activities include a marine critter touch tank, story time, films such as “Dolphins IMAX” and “Ocean Adventures,” and crafts, including mammal track printing and manatee puppets.

NAPLES, FL (June 14, 2012) - Capt. Gene Flipse, president of Conscious Breath Adventures, presents “Into the Wild with Dolphins & Whales” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road in Naples. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception with the speaker. The cost is $8 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and $10 for non-members. Registration is suggested at rookerybay.org/upcoming-events. For more information, call 239-530-5940.

NAPLES, FL (May 23, 2012) - Since manatees, sharks and sea turtles don’t go to summer camp, Rookery Bay Reserve naturalists will take their place.

Summer camps throughout Collier County are invited to schedule a program for groups at their own location. A naturalist from the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will bring artifacts such as shark teeth and skin, manatee bones or sea turtle shells plus related craft activities and stories for a hands-on, interactive presentation.

NAPLES, FL (May 22, 2012) - Following its “Whale Tales” summer programming theme, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is offering five evening lectures about oceans and marine mammals. Geared to an adult audience, the lectures include a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. and the speaker’s presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and $10 for non-members. Registration is suggested at rookerybay.org/upcoming-events. For more information, call 239-530-5940.

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