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Treasure Island 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 2016
    • Thu, Nov 17, 2 - 5 pm
    • Wed, Feb 10, 2 - 5 pm
    • Tue, Feb 16, 2 - 5 pm


The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. Although public access to this area is restricted to protect it from damage, as our guest you will travel by boat to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the wide variety plants that make this community of life unique and will share interesting stories of how human history and coastal ecology have intertwined. There is also the opportunity to see how some people currently manage to live on these islands completely off the grid, without any access to public utilities. Advanced registration is required.

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Last updated: September 30, 2016

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