Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
An amazing world exists within the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters of Rookery Bay. Where rivers and streams meet the sea, a unique habitat is formed. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve.
Ed-ventures are educational adventures and Rookery Bay has something for everyone! Learn about Manatees or Sea Turtles during an array of Daily Coastal Connections programs offered at the Environmental Learning Center, or enjoy a guided walk outside on the Snail Trail. In June and July, the entire family can enjoy Kids FREE Fridays!
- Expand your knowledge during a Lunch & Learn lecture
- Broaden your horizons with our Amazing Adventures evening lecture series
- Enhance your skills during Wing It! birding workshops, photography classes or art lessons
- For an on-the-water experience, check out a kayak or boat tour, and see the Reserve in a new light
- Learn about and enjoy the beautiful coastal ecosystem that we diligently work to protect here at Rookery Bay Reserve at National Estuaries Day
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