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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

  • March 2014
    • Wed, Mar 5, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Mar 13, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Tue, Mar 18, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Mar 27, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • April 2014
    • Tue, Apr 1, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Wed, Apr 9, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Wed, Apr 16, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Thu, Apr 24, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    • Tue, Apr 29, 1:30 - 4:30 pm


The treasure on this remarkable island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a very rare tropical hardwood hammock. Having been diminished due to past human activity, this rich biological community should be elevated from rare to priceless! Accordingly, the Reserve restricts public access to this area to protect it from damage. However, as our guest you will travel by boat to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on primitive trails in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. As you meander along your guide will interpret the unique sights, smells and sounds of the hammock. By slowing down and absorbing the experience with your senses, you will come to know why this island really is a treasure. Guests will also learn how some people currently manage to live on these islands completely off the grid, without any access to public utilities. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and requires the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore and to walk 1/2 mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes are required.

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Last updated: March 13, 2014

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