Geocaching has become a popular way of enjoying the outdoors since the international trend ramped up in 2000. Rookery Bay Research Reserve is now using this technology to engage its visitors and has launched a new set of caches around the Reserve.

Geocaching is modern-day treasure hunting using geographic positioning system (GPS)-enabled devices such as smart phones. Participants find their desired cache online, download and navigate to its set of GPS coordinates, and then attempt to find the container, or cache, hidden at that location. Once a cache is found, the finder records their presence in the logbook and on the geocaching website, replaces a trinket inside with their own, and takes away a greater understanding of the areas natural and cultural features.


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Geocaching on Trails

Four caches in total have been placed in the reserve with varying levels of difficulty.  One of the new multi-caches includes “Pioneers in Paradise,” which is located near a cultural site on the Snail Trail. The other two caches, “CatBird Loop” and “Slash Pine,” which are located at the Reserves Learning center, takes geocachers on a nature filled walk on primitive trails.

To find the cache, visit or and search for all caches owned by Rookery Bay.

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Geocache by Kayak

This cache is one of 25 caches that have been placed on and around the Shell Point Canoe Trail. These caches have been placed with Reserve approval. The trail will take you to some of the most beautiful mangrove estuaries in Florida. Be sure to leave your tracking on, so that you can find your way out. The Shell Point section of the trail is clearly marked by sign posts. It is best to follow the numbers from low to high. At number 25 you are 1.25 miles from the launch point, but trust me it will be a lot further to paddle there. There will be a Mystery/Unknown published with this series. In order to find it you will have to find 15 of these caches and record the letter and associated number to give you the correct coordinates.

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Guided Kayak Tours

Discover Rookery Bay’s extraordinary wildlife on one of our naturalist guided kayak tours. Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests and provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins.