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9.3 Miles from the Marco Island Terminal - 15 min. drive

 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Nestled along the Southwest Florida coast lies a hidden gem, a sanctuary where nature enthusiasts, conservationists, and curious minds converge to immerse themselves in the wonders of the natural world. Welcome to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, a beacon of environmental education and stewardship in the heart of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Discovering Paradise

Upon entering the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, visitors are greeted by a serene landscape that seamlessly blends mangrove forests, coastal habitats, and estuarine ecosystems. With over 110,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Rookery Bay serves as a haven for a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to reconnect with nature.

Unraveling Nature's Mysteries

The Learning Center offers a multitude of opportunities for exploration and discovery. From interactive exhibits to guided tours, visitors of all ages can delve into the intricacies of the natural world.

Interactive Exhibits:

  • Estuary Encounter: Dive into the world of estuaries, where freshwater rivers meet the salty sea, nurturing a wealth of life.
  • Mangrove Mysteries: Learn about the vital role mangroves play in coastal ecosystems, providing habitat, shelter, and protection against erosion.
  • Preserve & Protect: Gain insight into the conservation efforts aimed at preserving the delicate balance of Rookery Bay's ecosystems.

Guided Tours:

  • Kayak Eco-Tours: Paddle through winding waterways, surrounded by mangrove forests and glimpses of native wildlife.
  • Nature Walks: Traverse scenic trails with knowledgeable guides, who share fascinating tidbits about the flora, fauna, and history of the region.

Inspiring Conservation Action

Beyond its role as a recreational destination, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center serves as a catalyst for environmental awareness and advocacy. Through educational programs, workshops, and community outreach initiatives, the center empowers individuals to become stewards of the environment, fostering a sense of responsibility towards the planet.

Educational Programs:

  • School Field Trips: Inspire the next generation of environmental leaders through hands-on learning experiences tailored to school curriculum standards.
  • Citizen Science Projects: Engage with ongoing research efforts by participating in citizen science initiatives, contributing valuable data to conservation efforts.

Community Outreach:

  • Lectures & Workshops: Attend informative talks and workshops led by experts in environmental science, ecology, and conservation.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Get involved in habitat restoration projects, beach cleanups, and other community-driven conservation initiatives.

Preserving Nature's Legacy

As stewards of Rookery Bay's natural heritage, the Environmental Learning Center is committed to preserving and protecting the delicate ecosystems that call this region home. Through research, monitoring, and habitat restoration efforts, the center works tirelessly to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and biodiversity of this unique coastal environment.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an avid explorer, or simply seeking solace in the tranquility of the great outdoors, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers something for everyone. Plan your visit today and embark on a journey of discovery, conservation, and appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

In conclusion, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center stands as a beacon of environmental education and conservation, inspiring visitors to connect with nature and take action to protect our planet for generations to come. Come explore, learn, and be inspired by the beauty and biodiversity of Rookery Bay.

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Located off Collier Blvd. (951) at 300 Tower Road
Phone: 239-417-6310

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