Monday, December 6, 2021

Rookery Bay’s Virtual Family & Educational Activities Program

The Rookery Bay Family Activities web page is the place to go for all virtual family and education programs continuing to happen at Rookery Bay. It’s a great way to learn all about nature, wildlife and waters of Southwest Florida. The page is filled with interactive videos, presentations, tours and downloadable activities about everything from sea turtles and sharks to environmental conservation methods and water quality testing. Have some fun with your family and learn about the nature and wildlife Rookery Bay anytime at 

Rookery Bay Kayak & Boat Tours – Going Strong All Summer Long! 

Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for a guided boat tour or kayak adventure into the beautiful waters of Rookery Bay with our exclusive partner: Rising Tide Explorers! All the guides are active local biologists, certified naturalists and certified kayaking instructors making them the most qualified guides in the region. With our kayak tours, guests paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphins and manatees! Our boat tours are small 6-passenger boats and offer a comfortable and informative ride. Guests can choose from different tours including a shelling trip to a deserted a barrier island, a sunset tour, a backwater plants and wildlife trip, or an excursion to the highest point in Collier Country with a visit to an ancient sand dune. Contact us at or call 239-530-5972. 

June Virtual Event 

The Rookery Bay Research Reserve 2020 Summer Art Challenge 

  • June 29  Camouflage 

Rookery Bay kicks off a 2020 Summer Art Challenge competition for middle and high school students on June 8th. All month students are challenged to use an art form to show what the wildlife themes of Predation, Competition, Habitats and Camouflage means to them. They can write a story, essay or design a piece of art (with digital media or drawing or painting). Submissions are due by Thursday each week. A winner will be selected and announced on Friday via our website and Friends of Rookery Bay Facebook Page every week. Winners receive a prize and the grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the series.  

June, July & August Virtual Events 

Enjoy Breakfast with the Birds Lectures Virtually Via Zoom 

  • July 22  Meet the Beach Nesting Birds of Southwest Florida 
  • August 19  Birds as Bioindicators: What Studying Birds Tells Us About the Health of our Planet 
  • 9:3AM – 10:30 AM 
  • $10 
  • Registration is required 

Each month this summer, participants can learn virtually onlineas they sip their coffee at homeabout the shorebirds and seabirds of Southwest Florida at Rookery Bay’s Breakfast with the Birds Virtual Lectures. The series is presented by Audubon Florida expert Adam DiNuovo and hosted by Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Adam has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the US and beyond for more than 15 years. 

Virtual Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop 

  • July 13 
  • August 10 
  • 9:30 AM  12:30 PM 
  • $55 
  • Registration is required 

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, this camera online workshop is for you. The class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate with a wide variety of students. 

Science Solutions Webinar Series: Working Together to Protect Rookery Bay 

  • July 9  Building the Alliance for Collier’s Coastal Resilience 
  • August 6  Protecting Shorebirds at the Second Chance Critical Wildlife Area 
  • FREE 
  • 1 PM 
  • Registration Opens June 8th at 

From June to October, anyone interested in learning more about Rookery Bay’s 40+ years of conservation efforts can attend FREE online webinars. In addition, environmental and conservation professionals can then take it to the next level by participating in interactive skillbuilding workshops to follow. 

July Virtual Event 

Kids & Families “Fly Through July” with Rookery Bay 

  • July 6-10  Raptors 
  • July 13-17 – Song Birds 
  • July 20-24 – Diving Birds 
  • July 27-31 – Sea Birds 
  • Visit each week for themed activities 
  • FREE 
  • No registration is required 

Kids and families will zip right through the dog days of July with Rookery Bay’s new “Fly through July” online activities program. This year’s theme is “The Summer of Birds.” Usually offered as Kids FREE Friday, this program is online and simple for the whole family to experience from home at page. There will be downloadable crafts, videos, story time and naturalist presentation each week.  

August Event 

Summer Institute for Marine Science Camp – SIMS 

  • Day Camp for Rising 8th, 9th and 10th Grade Students 
  • August 4  7 
  • 9 AM  4 PM 
  • $150 (scholarships are available) 
  • Registration is required at 

SIMS is the ideal summer camp for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students with an interest in Marine Sciences. Participants will explore coastal ecology in and around the 110,000 acres of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Each week will include an indepth look at the mission and efforts of Rookery Bay as well as exposure to research & monitoring of local wildlife. 

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