Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center is a state-of-the-art, air conditioned 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms, a 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The Environmental Learning Center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including a 2,300-gallon aquarium and a marine life touch tank. Other displays in the learning center address coastal research, local history and ongoing conservation efforts within Rookery Bay. There is also a number of nature trails, a scenic overlook bridge, unique gift store, art gallery, and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours are offered seasonally from November to May. Check our website for more information.
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  • Sara C
    Naples, Florida3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Educational
    My trip to Rookery Bay was an amazing educational experience, as well as a very fun way to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Naples. I was blown away by how interactive and well put together the education center was. I learned so much about the history of Rookery Bay in Collier County, as well as a lot of new facts about the ecosystem and wildlife found around. They had a touch tank that had many species! They have indoor attractions for when it may be too hot to explore outdoors, but the outdoor walkway was shaded by beautiful mangroves and quiet cool. The staff/volunteers were so friendly and informative. I highly recommend checking out Rookery Bay. It had lots to learn and do for both children and adults!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Nicole H
    Stockbridge, Michigan8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not open on Monday!
    Closed on Monday - so we really have no idea but this site says open on Monday and it was not. Just trying to help others. We could not find any trails that were not closed off. We drove around looking for other ways to just walk and didn’t see any
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 January 2024
  • 335arthurd
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Rookery Bay Educational Center experience!
    My wife and I were invited to attend a gallery opening held at the Rookery Bay Educational Center. We found the people to be very professional, very welcoming and politley engaging. The photography exhibit presented very talented artists' works. The hors d'oeuvres were not just food, but a well laid out informational and active environmental center. We were impressed by the well run affair, and for the pleasant public event.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 February 2024
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Christopher W
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautifully put together educational center and very knowledgeable & friendly volunteers. Great a/c & a couple of short film presentations. The nature walk can be a bit buggy and not a lot to see except mangroves & fire burn managed trees. On a good day you might see a manatee or even an alligator. Pick up the excellent Snail Trail booklet. Picnic area with orchids and a butterfly garden.
Written 3 April 2024
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335arthurd
Naples, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
My wife and I were invited to attend a gallery opening held at the Rookery Bay Educational Center. We found the people to be very professional, very welcoming and politley engaging. The photography exhibit presented very talented artists' works. The hors d'oeuvres were not just food, but a well laid out informational and active environmental center. We were impressed by the well run affair, and for the pleasant public event.
Written 23 February 2024
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Cynthia W
Freeland, MI817 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is an educational facility for young children with hands on displays. A fee to get in to see displays and use the grounds. This is not what we were looking for. I understand they do a lot of kayak guided tours. We were looking for birding and hiking trails. They don't exist here. We moved on.
Written 3 February 2024
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Nicole H
Stockbridge, MI8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Closed on Monday - so we really have no idea but this site says open on Monday and it was not. Just trying to help others. We could not find any trails that were not closed off. We drove around looking for other ways to just walk and didn’t see any
Written 22 January 2024
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travelerfanatic
Germany127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Virtual Binocular Tour was perfect for us. The first half took place online, where we learned about the birds, their habits, habitats and how to recognize them. The second part was in the field, where we actually went out to look for and identified the birds with the specialists. It was a great experience, something I would do again!
Written 22 December 2023
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Sara C
Naples, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
My trip to Rookery Bay was an amazing educational experience, as well as a very fun way to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Naples. I was blown away by how interactive and well put together the education center was. I learned so much about the history of Rookery Bay in Collier County, as well as a lot of new facts about the ecosystem and wildlife found around. They had a touch tank that had many species! They have indoor attractions for when it may be too hot to explore outdoors, but the outdoor walkway was shaded by beautiful mangroves and quiet cool. The staff/volunteers were so friendly and informative. I highly recommend checking out Rookery Bay. It had lots to learn and do for both children and adults!
Written 6 August 2023
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Kirsten C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a beautiful education center. We joined as annual members and got information o. Volunteering. We will definitely be back.
Written 6 August 2023
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linda
Salem, NH2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Wonderful lunch n learn about sea turtles. We took our time and visited The Rookery exhibits. Would like to go back and take the boat tour.
Written 14 April 2023
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Michele
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Rookery has so much to offer. Today I attended a lunch and learn, It was outstanding. The subject was on sea turtles. The have a different topic each month.
So many other opportunities. A must visit.
Written 5 April 2023
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prpljl
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
My first time experience was an enjoyable lunch presentation about drone mapping of the 110,000 acre estuary and the geographical changes of southwest Florida since 1940. The minimal fee included entry to the educational learning center (touch tanks great for children 3+), butterfly garden (blue italia native to SWFL only - pic attanched), and snail walk. The speaker and volunteers were informative and passionate about their mission in caring for this protected area. There are kayak and eco tours which allow you to immerse yourselves in nature even more.
Written 31 March 2023
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