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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) supports field trip programs designed to promote and enhance critical thinking skills for school students in various grade levels. Field trips also enhance student's knowledge of coastal ecology and increase awareness of the value of estuaries. Partnerships with Florida Gulf Coast University, Edison State College, and Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) provide important opportunities for collaborative education program development. RBNERR staff provides on-the-water marine science programs to secondary and post-secondary students, inquiry based field trips for students through the Estuary Explorers and Living in Florida's Environment (LIFE) programs and teacher training. RBNERR also conducts various training programs for teachers to further their professional development.

  • Estuary Explorers
    Estuary Explorers is an environmental education program for Collier County school students in the fourth grade and includes a comprehensive series of activities for students to complete in the classroom before and after an educational field trip to the Environmental Learning Center. Estuary Explorers became a cornerstone of the RBNERR education program and has garnered a strong following among teachers and is highly regarded by CCPS.

  • Living in Florida's Environment (LIFE)
    RBNERR also partnered with Florida DEP's Office of Environmental Education, CCPS and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge to provide a hands-on, full-day field trip for nearly 500 7th grade students. The field trip builds on key concepts and topics in the science curriculum. Each school will select a local issue to address through a service learning project which will be presented at the end of the year at the annual Dive into Oceans event at RBNERR.
Students walking in a salt marsh

Students from local high schools are immersed in coastal environments during boat-based field trips to barrier islands in the reserve.

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Last updated: September 07, 2016

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