Rookery Bay EcoTour – Become One With The Naturalist In You
This thoroughly unique eco-tour will take you through back bays and winding creeks as you cruise into the wild heart of Rookery Bay Reserve. There you will disembark and take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era that is 25 feet above sea level. The view from the top of Sand Hill is remarkable in this predominantly flat landscape. Here you will also see a rare and fragile coastal scrub ecosystem. In Southwest Florida the diversity of species encountered in a few inches of elevation change is equivalent to thousands of feet of elevation change in other places. Access to this sensitive area is restricted to protect it from damage. However, this authorized tour lead by a Reserve staff guide offers you the opportunity to experience this unusual place that very few visitors ever get to see.
Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore and walk on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. December 20 at 1:30 – 4:30pm
Rookery Bay offers a plethora of activities and events for nature lovers of all ages. Kayak more your speed? Slow it down and join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must paddle register and paddle with an adult. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.December 20 at 9:30 – 11:30pm