Re-Opening to the Public

After being closed for 14 months, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center enjoyed record attendance in summer 2021

Environmental Learning Center | Touch Tank | Promo - Social Media Photo

Saving Sea Turtles

Surpassing our goal of 75 adopted nests, a record number of wildlife fans helped protect 171 nests, resulting in 8,173 emerged hatchlings!

Sea Turtle Nest | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Back-to-Back Awards

Our exclusive eco-tour provider, Rising Tide Explorers, won “Best Kayak Tour in the Country” from USA Today for the second year in a row! Experience for yourself… book a tour today!

Kayak Tour | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Virtual ``Bash for the Bay`` is Victorious

We met online rather than in person for our signature event in March and raised one dollar for each of the 110,000 acres protected in Rookery Bay Research Reserve.

Bash for the Bay | Sunset Over Water | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

New Dorms are Great Digs

Opening of the new Rookery Bay Ten Thousand Islands Research Facility & Dormitory in Goodland will attract international researchers and college students to Southwest Florida.
Dormitory | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Seeing More Students

You heled contribute $50,000 during the 24-hour Give Where You Live Collier community event that supports Rookery Bay’s environmental education programs. Student participation doubled this year!

Education | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Adopt an Animal Program Launches

Connecting you to Rookery Bay wildlife supports Reserve activities that keep the environment safe and healthy.

Adopt an Animal | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Art Installation at Baker Park

The first permanent installation of art by the late Kathy Spalding at Baker Park increases community awareness of Friends of Rookery Bay and Rookery Bay Research Reserve.
Scorpion Dedication | Rookery Bay Research Reserve


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