Florida’s Rookery Bay reserve encompasses one of the few pristine, mangrove-forested estuaries in the United States. The reserve is a critical breeding ground for important fisheries like blue crab, stone crab, snook, tarpon, and snapper. Its 110,000 acres of open water, mangroves, marshes, and upland habitat are home to manatees, dolphins, and 150 species of birds, as well as threatened and endangered animals, such as the Florida panther. Rookery Bay staff work to promote the informed stewardship of estuaries in Southwest Florida through research and education.Visit the Reserve's Website
Explore the Rookery Bay reserve on a guided nature tour, paddle through the mangrove tunnels on a kayak, display your artistic talent at a local artist-led workshop, or enjoy the daily programs about slithering snakes, native orchids, or sharks at the Environmental Learning Center.
Become an interpretive guide or an Estuary Explorers assistant, help at the touch tank and feed the fish, or call on your maintenance and gardening skills to help with the preservation and restoration of the reserve. There are many opportunities to become part of the Rookery Bay team.Learn more
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Friends of Rookery Bay connect people with the reserve’s dynamic coastal environment and generate community involvement through volunteer programs, outreach, and fundraising.Join Today
Did you know?
The Rookery Bay reserve contains the largest remaining intact mangrove estuaries in the United States.