Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a FREE day of fun to celebrate National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 28th.
The annual event includes entrance to the Environmental Learning Center, staff-narrated boat trips, kayaking experiences, stand-up paddle boarding, touch tanks, live animal presentations, crafts, Junior Scientist lab activities, live music and more! In addition, foods truck will be on site during lunch hours.
According to Rookery’s Bay website, “National Estuaries Day (NED) is all about celebrating the benefits of our coasts and estuaries. Organizations come together to show their passion for the environment and promote estuaries like Rookery Bay. Estuaries are important habitats for thousands of marine species. Estuaries are also called the “nurseries of the sea” because the protected environment and abundant food provide an ideal location for fish and shellfish to reproduce.”
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida. The Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. It is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
What is an estuary? It is where rivers and streams meet the sea and at Rookery Bay, there exists an amazing world of 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters both brackish and fresh waters. They include 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals surrounded by upland hammocks and scrub. Rookery Bay is one of 29 national estuarine research reserves in the nation designated to protect and study estuarine systems.
Make sure to make reservation for the boat and kayak tours and check this link for more information: rookerybay.org/learn/programs-and-events/special-events/national-estuaries-day.html.