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Research at Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for students and scientists from around the world. The Visiting Scientist program encourages graduate students and other researchers to conduct their studies in the reserve. Current Visiting Scientist research includes studies of Burmese pythons, invasive plants, native box turtles, and nearly 100 others species.

Please feel share this information with any of your colleagues interested in conducting research within the area managed by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve or its watershed.

Nature is Your Classroom

Interactive Project Map

Review our interactive map showing all current and past research projects.
Visiting Scientists at Rookery Bay Research Reserve | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Water and Mangrove views of Rookery Bay Research Reserve | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Visiting Scientist Registration

Scientists planning to visit Rookery Bay must fill out the Visiting Scientist Registration Form and follow all rules and regulations.

Laboratory Locations

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

  • The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center has a dry and wet lab with standard lab supplies and equipment.

Shell Island Field Station

  • The Shell Island Road Field Station is available for necropsies and processing of field samples.

Ten Thousand Island Field Station

  • The Ten Thousand Island Field Station in Goodland is currently closed for renovations.

Dormitories

Dormitories provide overnight accommodations for reserve visitors conducting research, education, resource management or other projects consistent with the mission of the reserve and Florida DEP.

Shell Island Road Field Station

  • The Shell Island Road Field Station (on lower Henderson Creek) in south Naples

The Ten Thousand Islands Field Station

  • The Ten Thousand Islands Field Station in Goodland is currently closed for renovations.

The dormitories are operated for the purpose of providing overnight accommodations for reserve visitors conducting research, education, resource management or other projects consistent with the mission of the reserve and Florida DEP.

The Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc., a non-profit citizen support organization for the reserve, facilitates the operation of the two field stations.

All visitors are required to read and abide by the Dormitory Use Policy. In order to stay in either of our facilities it is necessary to request a reservation by completing our Dormitory Reservation Form.

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