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 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.
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!
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300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113

Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center opened in 2004 as an educational, research and training facility. The visitor’s center features state-of-the-art exhibits and aquariums showcasing habitats and species found within the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Second-floor party or meeting space features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide outstanding views of Henderson Creek and the sunset over the estuarine wilderness beyond. In addition, we offer classrooms and meeting space, a 140-seat auditorium, an outside picnic area, lawns, gardens, walking trails with observation platforms over water, art gallery and nature-themed gift shop. We can accommodate day or evening functions for meetings, workshops, seminars, parties and gatherings, and offer use of modern audiovisual equipment and other technology to enhance and empower your presentation or event. Catering can be supplied from outside vendors and our picnic area offers a delightful space for a relaxed lunch, cocktail party, or formal dinner. Bus parking is available.

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AMENITIES
Activities+/-
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Children's Programs
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Natural Wildlife Viewing
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
Disabled Traveler Information+/-
  • ADA Compliant
  • Wheelchair-friendly
Discounts+/-
  • Florida Resident Discount
  • Group Discount
  • Local Resident Discount
  • Senior Citizen Discount
  • Student Discount
Facility 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
Guest Information+/-
  • Family Friendly
  • Meeting/Tour groups welcome
Internet Connection+/-
  • Wireless (WiFi)
Payment Options+/-
  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
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