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fundraisers 915The Friends of Rookery Bay's mission is connecting people with the dynamic coastal environment in support of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Below please see the many ways your generosity can be applied in support of this mission.

10th Annual Bash For the Bay

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Friday, March 15 | 6 - 10:30 p.m.

Featuring gourmet cuisine from Crave Culinaire and dancing to the band Hot Topic.

Honorary Chair

Lavern Norris Gaynor

Bash Committee Members

    Karyn Capozzo – Chair         Milda Vaivada – Co-Chair
Eileen Arsenault                      Pat Carroll
Kim Larson Collins                    Erika Hinson
        Connie Leon                        Sherri Morrison
          CJ O’Connor                      Bruce Robertson
         Lois Selfon                         Marilyn Soffer
     Mary Vertin                           Lori Wagor
       Tom Wagor                          Sandi Wilson



ReplyCard2019 250When purchasing tickets, you will be directed to create an account on our auction site, which will streamline the check-in/out process on the night of the event. Checks can be mailed to "Friends of Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113" with the reply card. 

For questions or assistance, email Friends of Rookery Bay or call 239-530-5972.


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Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest

Two species of sea turtles nest along beaches of the Cape Romano complex: loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas). Hatching success has improved significantly since 2005 when Rookery Bay Reserve staff, interns, and volunteers began placing cages over the nests to protect them from predators.

The turtles here depend on interns and volunteers to conduct this important work, including:  

  • first-nest-252     searching miles of beach for turtle tracks (called crawls)
  •      caging nests to prevent predation by raccoons
  •      recording the GPS coordinates for each nest
  •      collecting and compiling other relevant data

Nests are monitored throughout the nesting season and evidence of predation or inundation (due to high tides/storms) is recorded. After the hatchlings have emerged, interns evaluate the nest contents (empty shells, unhatched eggs) to determine hatching success.

Catch up on monitoring activity at the intern blog.

Learn more about research and monitoring efforts underway within the Reserve.

CLICK HERE to see a "real-time" dashboard of turtle nest discoveries and other turtle data on Cape Romano

CLIICK HERE for a "real-time" dashboard from Ten Thousand Islands

Each year the Friends of Rookery Bay supports an intern who spends the summer protecting sea turtles. You can help!

Adopt a Nest NOW!


Nest adoption costs $250 and includes the following:

  • Your name on the cage's "turtle tag" and the Sea Turtle Giving Wall at the Environmental Learning Center
  • An initial letter with details of nest location and date of expected hatching etc.
  • A second letter with result of hatching
  • Invitation to the (fall) Sea Turtle Support party

Adoptions or other support received after August 15 will be applied to the coming season. Be sure to indicate the name for your turtle tag (max. 22 characters with spaces).

Support sea turtles at any level

Did you know you can support these efforts at any level? Just click here and enter your own dollar amount (choose "sea turtle nesting program" in the dropdown).

NEW!  You can also support an egg ($5) or hatchling ($20). Visit the desk at the Environmental Learning Center to put your name, or your loved ones' names, on the support wall.

Watch the video below to see our interns and volunteers in action! (no sound)


Annual Appeal

Your philanthropic investment in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is an investment in the future of Southwest Florida. Make a difference today and donate to the Friends of Rookery Bay, a Florida 501c3 non-profit organization. 

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Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race

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Rookery Bay Adventure Race logo 17Friends of Rookery Bay Adventure Race and Fun Run 

  • 3k kayak or stand up paddle (SUP) along Henderson Creek and a 5k trail run
  • 5k family friendly Fun Run
  • 1/3 mile race free for kids 10 years old and under 

  • Activities hosted at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113).
  • All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov 1), post-race refreshments and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center after the race.

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Pricing (per individual*):

Early Bird (Until Nov 2): $35
Regular Pricing (Nov 3 - Nov 30): $40
Day of (Dec 1): $50
Kids Race (Ages 10 and under): FREE

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, individual, relays, tandem-teams, kayak-run, SUP-run, and Fun Run.
This year we're also excited to have support from Red Bull! 
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7:00 a.m.: Gate Opens
7:00 - 8:30: Registration
8:45: Race instruction announcements
9:00 - 9:20: Staging kayaks and SUPS in Henderson Creek
9:30: First race heats start 


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fundraisers 915The Friends of Rookery Bay's mission is connecting people with the dynamic coastal environment in support of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Below please see the many ways your generosity can be applied in support of this mission.

Just 24 Hours to Support Rookery Bay!

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We have been challenged, and now YOU have been, too!

Friends of Rookery Bay is participating in Give Where You Live Collier.

CFCC donate now buttonWe have 24 hours – from noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to noon on Thursday, Feb. 22 – to raise as much money as possible… and earn match dollars on top of that!

Support the Friends of Rookery Bay Through Amazon's "Smile" Program

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Do you shop on Through a program called Amazon Smile, when you shop, Amazon gives a percentage of their profits to the Friends of Rookery Bay. Visit to learn more about this program and select "Friends of Rookery Bay" as your preferred charity.

Watch the video below to learn how you can update your Amazon account:


Sponsorship Opportunities

Support the Friends!

Celebrate our coastal jewel, the 110,000 acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, by sponsoring one of their many programs, events and activities. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

Athan Barkoukis
Executive Director


2018 Highlights

2018 Bash for the Bay

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View photos from the reimagined 2018 Bash for the Bay for a glimpse at what's in store for our 2019 celebration!

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