Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113
Explore the Environmental Learning Center. Interactive exhibits focus on the plants and animals of the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Reserve. Aquariums, nature store, art gallery, walking trails and more introduce visitors to this coastal world.
Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida
May 2 - November 14, 2013
Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida, a collection of 29 black-and-white photographs by preeminent Florida photographer Clyde Butcher, will be on exhibit from May 2 through Nov. 14 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center art gallery, 300 Tower Road in Naples. Since 2004 the artistic and educational exhibition has traveled the state to increase awareness of and appreciation for Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves. The 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses two of those aquatic preserves and part of more than five million acres of diverse water landscape and coastal areas that are critical to Florida’s future. In conjunction with the exhibit, Rookery Bay will show the companion one-hour nature film documentary, —Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida.” The film includes an introduction and closing remarks by Butcher and was produced and directed by cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus. Call 239-417-6310 or visit rookerybay.org for more information about the exhibit and film viewing schedule.
Kids FREE Fridays
June 7 - July 26, 2013
Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Activities will include stories, crafts, a touch tank, face painting, nature film and presentation on topics such as sea turtles, manatees, sharks, and skulls and bones. The aquariums, interactive exhibits, walking trails and art gallery will be open. A food vendor will be on-site to sell lunch.