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Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Review

In the midst of 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the center dramatically interprets the Everglades environment and local history with interactive models, aquariums, original art, a film, tours, and classes (check Web site for times). It's on the edge of the estuary, about five minutes east of Marco's north bridge on Collier Boulevard. In 2009 the center debuted a $1 million, 440-foot pedestrian bridge that spans the reserve's creek from the center's second floor, and connects with a half-mile nature trail that can be followed by guided or self-guided tour. Kayak and boat tours are also available through advance registration. New exhibits include an interactive research boat, a display on the importance of the Gulf of Mexico to coastal communities, and another on global climate change.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113 | Map It
  • Phone: 239/417–6310
  • Cost: $5
  • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9–4; Nov.–Apr., Sat. 9–4
  • Website:
  • Location: Naples
Updated: 05-17-2013

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