Lunch & Learn at Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Lunch & Learn Lecture SeriesRookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve wants to broaden horizons concerning the delicate and dynamic ecosystem in our backyard with is Lunch and Learn lecture series. Running from November through April on the first Tuesday of each month, guests enjoy lunch from Carrabba’s and Costco as an expert in their perspective field lectures about an environmental topic. The hour long event, 12-1 p.m., is a great way for visitors and residents to learn more about where they live and how they can help preserve it for future generations.

  • The Lunch and Learn lecture series is held on the first Tuesday of April, from 12-1 p.m.
  • Admission is $10, and reservations are strongly recommended.
  • For more information, call 239-530-5940 or visit


The remaining Lunch & Learn lecture is as follows:

April 7: “Life on Henderson Creek in 1898” – In the nineteenth century, Marco Island was a wild place, and life along Henderson Creek, where small community sprouted, looked a lot different the paved and developed stretch it has become. Join Ray Carroll, Cindy Carroll and Chris Dufree as they recount the stories of those who made this wild coastal community home more than a century ago. Based on the diary of F. Watts Hall, a school teacher who lived along Henderson Creek from 1898-99, excerpts from the diary have been substantiated by nautical charts, historical images and talks with the descendants of the Kirkland and Carroll families, who were living along the creek at the same time.

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