300 Tower Rd.
Naples, FL 34113

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The walking trails at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center include observation platforms over Henderson Creek.The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses 110,000 acres on the western edge of the Everglades.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!Rookery Bay Reserve offers 2-hour guided kayak trips, a wonderful way to get an upclose view of nature.

The Environmental Learning Center is a two-story, 16,500 square-foot facility with aquariums, interactive exhibits and an Art Gallery that features five exhibitions annually, including two coordinated with the United Arts Council of Collier County.

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ADA Compliant


Natural Wildlife Viewing

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Florida Resident Discount
Group Discount
Local Resident Discount
Senior Citizen Discount
Student Discount

Facility Amenities

Bus Parking

General Information

Dates Closed: Monday and Sunday
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm

Guest Information

Family Friendly
Meeting/Tour Groups Welcome

Payment Options

American Express

Tour Information

Customized Tours
Guided Tours
Self-Guided tours

Meetings & Conferences

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.