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Daily Themes

Join our team of naturalists for a closer look at some of the plants and animals of our coastal environment and the issues they face. The following themed educational programs are offered in the Center throughout the day:

Program Calendar Feb 2017 Naturalist-led programs are included with admission. Some of the below programs are available for community outreach presentations.

Birds of the Beach

Wet and Wild WaterbirdsGrasp the basics of bird identification as our naturalist details the different plumages and migrations of our local coastal waterbirds.






Manatee Marvels

manatee-sSee what makes manatees so unique as our naturalist talks about fun facts, threats, and ways to help these endangered mammals!





Marine Life Touch Tank

Marine Life Touch TankNaturalist-led exploration of touch tank critters that live in Rookery Bay waters, such as horseshoe crabs, sea stars and mollusks.

**Only offered select days and times each week. Please verify the touch tank schedule with the front desk by calling 239-530-5940 during business hours.  


Sea Turtle Hurdles

Sea Turtles of the ReserveLearn about the sea turtles of Florida and what the Rookery Bay Reserve is doing to understand more about these fascinating reptiles.






Sharks of the ReserveLearn about which sharks live in the Rookery Bay Reserve as our naturalist details why sharks are important and what makes them such fascinating creatures.





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