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History Mystery 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
    • Thu, Mar 6, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Tue, Mar 11, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Mar 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Wed, Mar 26, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • April 2014
    • Thu, Apr 3, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Wed, Apr 23, 1:30 - 4:30 pm


Is this trip about human history or natural history? The answer is yes! The mystery is how, where and why people, plants and animals have been able to survive in what we now call Rookery Bay Reserve. How did the Calusa Indians welcome Ponce de Leon when he arrived on this coast? Where do night herons go during the day? Why does sea pork make lousy bacon? What in the world is a snack in the wrack? Answers to these questions, as well as countless more, will infuse your tour with learning and laughter. No two trips are ever the same as your guide makes the most of tides, weather and whimsy! From early Native Americans to mullet millionaires and from mud crabs to manatees, this tour is about exploring the mystery of history. Tours last approximately 2½ hours and participants must have the physical ability to step on/off of the boat at a dock. Registration also includes free admission to the Environmental Learning Center on the day of the tour (open 9am-4pm). Maximum of six passengers. No refunds for cancellations.

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Last updated: March 13, 2014

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