WELCOME TO ROOKERY BAY RESEARCH RESERVE
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).
LOCATED SOUTH EAST OF DOWNTOWN NAPLES
ABOUT ROOKERY BAY
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.
Rookery Bay Activities
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is on Tower Road in South Naples. While their primary focus is research, they also provide a wide range of educational opportunities for adults, families, and children.
You can attend lectures, take photography classes, or tour the reserve by kayak or boat. During the winter season, the Environmental Learning Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9-4.