As we celebrate our 30th year as a non-profit organization, it’s important to recognize the contributions of time, energy and passionate support that Rookery Bay Reserve receives from our members. The Friends of Rookery Bay has over 500 active members, many of whom volunteer in various ways toward the Reserve’s work in environmental education, community outreach, field research and stewardship.
Last year, our members contributed over 11,000 hours of work. Using the national rate for value of volunteer hours, that equates to a total value of $259,160 in donated time and talent. Our members volunteer as teachers, docents, research assistants, boat captains and crew, and mechanics, helping us with everything from conducting classes that engage thousands of local students each year, hosting special events and art exhibits, to sea turtle nest monitoring and shark tagging in the Ten Thousand Islands.
Why give back? Members of the Friends of Rookery Bay are enriched in many ways by their experience. They also recognize that our quality of life in Southwest Florida ties directly to our ability to protect and conserve special places like Rookery Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. The Reserve’s 110,000 acres represent 40% of the county’s coastline, with a 30-mile long coastal boundary that is larger than some coastal states. The 35 professional staff at the Reserve are highly dedicated and passionate about their work, but they need help to get the job done.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can help contribute to our important work, click the link below, or drop by the Environmental Learning Center. 2017 is a great year to give back, and helping sustain a special place like Rookery Bay is more than worth the effort.
Thank you for your support!
Gary Lytton, Executive Director
Friends of Rookery Bay