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Life is a Beach 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

  • January 2015
    • Thu, Jan 15, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Jan 22, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Jan 29, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • February 2015
    • Thu, Feb 12, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Tue, Feb 17, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Feb 26, 1:30 - 4:30 pm


This tour is for those who want to truly explore a natural, living barrier island. Key Island (also called Keewaydin) is an incredibly diverse and interesting community of life with some of the best shelling in the state of Florida. You can learn about waves, dunes, wrack lines, accretion, dune plants, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds and reptiles, oh my! Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide to learn who is what and why. Once you see the beach through the eyes of this naturalist you will never look at a beach the same way again! This tour includes a boat trip through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. This tour lasts approximately 2½ hours. 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: January 06, 2015

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