Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is a great place to learn about the Everglades and the Southwest Florida environment.
The walking trails at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center include observation platforms over Henderson Creek.
Polka Dottie Batfish is the mascot of the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. She is modeled after the polka dot batfish, a species found in Rookery Bay waters. She is a great photo op for visitors!
The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses 110,000 acres on the western edge of the Everglades.
Rookery Bay Reserve offers 2-hour guided kayak trips, a wonderful way to get an upclose view of nature.
The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center features aquariums, interactive exhibits, children's exhibits, an art gallery, walking trails, picnic areas, gift shop and more.
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300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113

Rookery Bay Reserve's self-guided nature trails (guided during special events), two-hour guided kayak trips, and sunset and cultural small boat tours (presented seasonally) are a great way to learn about the SWFL environment. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. The Environmental Learning Center is also designated as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center.

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AMENITIES
Tour Information+/-
  • Customized tours
  • Guided Tours
  • Self-guided tours
Category+/-
  • Archaeological Site
  • Boat Tours
  • Cultural Center
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Attractions
  • Marine Attractions
  • Marker/Interpretive station
  • Museum
  • Museum Science
  • National Forest
  • National Park
  • Nature Interpretive Center
  • Nature Preserve
  • Protected Species Habitat
  • Scenic Highway/Byway
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Spectator Sports
  • Wildlife Management Area
Property Amenities+/-
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bus Parking
  • Concessions
  • Covered Pavilion
  • Gift Shop
  • Indoor activity
  • Marina
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Restrooms
  • Vending machines
General Information+/-
  • Dates closed: federal holidays
  • Driving time to nearby lodging: 5 minutes
  • Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Open Year-Round
Activities+/-
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Children's Programs
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Natural Wildlife Viewing
Guest Information+/-
  • Family Friendly
  • Meeting/Tour groups welcome
Disabled Traveler Information+/-
  • ADA Compliant
  • Wheelchair-friendly
Internet Connection+/-
  • Wireless (WiFi)
Discounts+/-
  • Florida Resident Discount
  • Group Discount
  • Local Resident Discount
  • Senior Citizen Discount
  • Student Discount
Payment Options+/-
  • American Express
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  • Visa
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