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WHAT: National Estuaries Day - 40th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Film presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WHERE: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113

HOW: Free tours and activities will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a special 40th Anniversary National Estuaries Day celebration with free admission to the Environmental Learning Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This annual event includes staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat 15 minutes away), introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, stand-up paddleboarding demos on Henderson Creek, Estuary Encounter experience, live animal presentations, crafts, Junior Scientist lab activities and more. Additionally, two food trucks will be on-site during lunch hours.

A special feature this year will include a retrospective of 40 years of coastal stewardship, shown through a selection of short films by award-winning documentary filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and Live Oak Production Group. Shorts include appearances by people instrumental in creating the reserve and many partners who continue to help the reserve meet its mission.

Activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins when doors open at 9 a.m. Age restrictions may apply; please see website for more information.

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