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Thank you for your interest in Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center! It is our pleasure to share with you the following information about our modern facility where your group can achieve its business or pleasure goals in an educational and inspirational setting.

On the banks of Henderson Creek between Naples and Marco Island, our environmentally-friendly building opened in March 2004 as an educational, research, and training facility. The visitor’s center features state-of-the-art exhibits and aquaria showcasing habitats and species found within the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

In addition, and for your function needs, we offer classrooms and meeting spaces, a 140-seat auditorium, an outdoor picnic area, lawns, gardens, and a walking trail. Second-floor party or meeting space is also available, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide outstanding views of Henderson Creek and the sunset over the estuarine wilderness beyond.

We can accommodate day or evening functions for meetings, workshops, seminars, parties, and gatherings, and offer use of modern audiovisual equipment and other technology to enhance and empower your presentation or event. Catering can be supplied from outside vendors and our picnic area offers a delightful space for a relaxed lunch, cocktail party, or formal dinner.

Room rental rates and details, as well as group admissions and tour charges, are outlined in the downloadable files below. We welcome your questions and look forward to helping you plan a truly unique event here at Rookery Bay.


The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is located between Naples and Marco Island, one mile south of Tamiami Trail East (US 41) off Collier Blvd (SR 951.) From I-75, take exit 101 and travel south six miles.

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Conference Rental

The Environmental Learning Center facilities are available for your conference, meeting or other event.

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