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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Opens in 13 min: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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...more
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So worth your time. The kayak tour gets you down in line with nature and is an amazing experience. Don and Steve are great volunteer guides.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank E8638QLjons
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were led through various parts of the estuary on a 2 hour trip by two knowledgeable naturalists. They shared many interesting facts about the ecology of the bay. It was a fun and interactive experience as we paddled through both open water areas and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in after taking a kayak tour with Rising Tide. We were amazed by all of the great work done by this organization! The visitors center is beautiful and has lots of great exhibits. We didn't have kids with us, but will be bringing grandchildren...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank cindywS4005CA
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took this class one year ago and again today. Both novice birders, we had put into practice much of what Randy taught about bird identification. Wanting to continue to hone our skills we decided to take the class again. The half...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Genevieve H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 2 hour kayak trip was a perfect way to spend a morning on the water in beautiful surroundings. Don and John were our leaders and were very helpful and knowledgeable. The pace was perfect for all levels. We stopped and rested several times so...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EFCOWP
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did just the basic museum and walking trail. The docents in the museum were very knowledgeable and accessible. You can pay more and go kayaking, etc., with a guide. The museum and easy trails would be great for a family.

Date of experience: March 2019
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RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting! The Environmental Learning Center has something for everyone, and there are many activities that the whole family can enjoy together including films, marine touch tanks, trail walks and environmental exhibits.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is a main building to check in with exhibits. Staff are very helpful and well informed. I would highly recommend taking a guided walk as there is so much to know about this research estuary. The trail is about a mile and not that...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and experiencing the reserve. Our trail guides are very informed and know about all the flora and fauna of Southwest Florida. A trial walk or hike is the perfect way to appreciate the real Florida, find some time for quiet contemplation...More

Reviewed March 17, 2019

Randy was a great guide and gave good kayaking tutorial. Tour included free admission to education center which had a wonderful walk bridge and well-maintained trails.More

Date of experience: March 2019
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RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. It sounds like you got a good taste of all the reserve has to offer! There is something for everyone to do, see and experience here ... kayak and boat tours, trial hikes, a museum-style experience, activities for the kids,...More

Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

Very informative volunteers that are very willing to share all their knowledge of the plants and aquatic life in southwest Florida. Children have many hands on opportunities to explore nature. Great value and receive a $1.00 off each guest if you have downloaded online. Spend...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Penny S
RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! Our volunteers know so much about the reserve and love to share their knowledge with all of our visitors. Their passion truly adds to the uniqueness of Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Also, thank you for noting the great value....More

Reviewed March 9, 2019

If you've wanted to try identifying birds but didn't know where to start . . . now you do - this course is the place. You start with a classroom introduction to binoculars and bird identification Field Guides, followed by various techniques to "see" birds,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your birding class here at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. It's a great way to become more aware of the birds around you and to quickly spot characteristics that aid in identification. Students walk away with the confidence...More

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Sue D
March 22, 2017|
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Response from Katherine D | Reviewed this property |
Call the center. Reviewers don't have all the answers.
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Tina P
February 14, 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. In February, our touch tank is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This might change slightly in March, but you can find the "daily programs calendar" at our website. We are currently building... More
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Christopher K
January 18, 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Sorry we did not respond to this inquiry sooner - Steve G.s response is accurate. Be aware that there is no launch site at the Environmental Learning Center however, purchase of our guided tours includes admission to the... More
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