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High Points Boat Tour


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 530-5940


Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road

Driving Directions

From Environmental Learning Center, go south on Collier Blvd two miles. Turn right on Shell Island Road (look for brown Field Station sign). Proceed down bumpy, winding road until the end at the Shell Island Road Boat Launch.

Date and Time

  • March 2014
    • Tue, Mar 4, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Wed, Mar 19, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Fri, Mar 28, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • April 2014
    • Wed, Apr 2, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Fri, Apr 11, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Apr 17, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Wed, Apr 30, 1:30 - 4:30 pm


Take a 3-hour, naturalist-led small boat tour through the back bays and winding creeks of the Rookery Bay Reserve to visit one of the most unique areas of Southwest Florida. After disembarking, 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, where visitors can see and appreciate this rare and fragile coastal scrub ecosystem marked by sand live oaks, rusty lyonia and Florida rosemary. 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, so this tour allows guests the opportunity to experience this unusual place that very few visitors ever get to see. The trip is led by Rookery Bay Reserve's former Assistant Manager Randy McCormick, a Certified Interpretive Guide, instructor in the Florida Master Naturalist program, and fifth generation Floridian. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore.

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Last updated: March 13, 2014

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