Children Learning about Rookery Bay in our Environmental Learning Center | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Interactive Exhibits

Environmental Learning Center

Explore our two story, 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium. The Center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including a 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts on-going within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, art gallery and picnic area.
Outdoor Adventues

Explore the Reserve

An amazing world exists within the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters of Rookery Bay. Where rivers and streams meet the sea, a unique habitat is formed. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve.
Map and Drone Footage of Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Guided Boat Tours

Daily guided boat tours let you explore this unique ecosystem up-close on our6-passenger boat tour . Experience the diversity of our native wildlife with our exclusive ecotour provider, Rising Tide Explorers.

Cost: $109 per person
Member Discount: 10%
Passenger Maximum: 6 Guests

Mangrove Tunnels & Mudflats

Kayak Tours

You can choose between a single or tandem kayak for your journey. Tandem kayaks are great for families with small children. Conditions do vary, but usually consist of calm, waist-deep water and sunshine! These tours are perfect for the first-time paddler or pro. Get out and explore the backwaters of Southwest Florida with our exclusive ecotour provider, Rising Tide Explorers!
Visitors to Rookery Bay enjoying a guided Kayak Tour | Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Drone Image of Rookery Bay Research Reserve | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Make a Difference

Become a Friend of Rookery Bay

Donate to help support the amazing programs and research to help sustain this truly unique ecosystem.