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National Estuary Day event to be held at Rookery Bay

By Staff | Aug 7, 2009

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is holding an event on Saturday, Sept. 26 to celebrate National Estuary Day.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, located at 300 Tower Road in Naples.

A host of activities are planned for the entire family to enjoy, such as boat tours, guided walks, kayaking, kids crafts, touch tank, presentations and more. Event attendees will also be able to explore a new vessel exhibit and a new live food Web exhibit which features live displays of local plant-like organisms and filter feeders that are the principal food sources for many aquatic creatures.

Admission to the event is free and a food vendor will be on site. For more information, please call Susan Cone at 239-417-6310 ext. 413.

Rookery Bay Reserve was established in 1978 as a partnership between the state of Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The reserve is one of 27 research reserves operating across the nation. DEP’s Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) manages Rookery Bay Reserve along with 41 aquatic preserves, two other National Estuarine Research Reserves and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. CAMA’s programs and activities are designed to help Floridians better understand and conserve the state’s resources through research, education and conservation.

For more information about the reserve, please visit www.rookerybay.org. For more information on DEP’s Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal.