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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

  • November 2015
    • Thu, Nov 5, 2 - 5 pm
    • Fri, Nov 20, 2 - 5 pm
    • Fri, Nov 27, 2 - 5 pm
  • December 2015
    • Fri, Dec 4, 2 - 5 pm
    • Fri, Dec 18, 2 - 5 pm
  • January 2016
    • Tue, Jan 5, 2 - 5 pm
    • Fri, Jan 15, 2 - 5 pm
    • Tue, Jan 19, 2 - 5 pm
    • Tue, Jan 26, 2 - 5 pm


This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals "living on the edge". Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

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Last updated: November 24, 2015

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