National Wildlife Day at Rookery Bay

Celebrated each year to help raise awareness about the endangered species found locally and around the world, National Wildlife Day is a great way to educate young and old about conservation efforts and strategies to help protect the natural world we all share. Locally, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will open the doors with “buy one, get one” admission on September 4, while the Learning Center will shine the spotlight on some of the regions endangered animals with some fun activities.

Florida Panther - National Wildlife Day - Rookery Bay

  • At 11-11:45 a.m., a Rookery Bay naturalist will lead a special demonstration on those legless reptiles in Slithering Snakes. Learn about the snakes living in Florida and how to tell which ones are venomous while a naturalist handles some of Rookery Bay’s wildlife ambassadors.
  • From 12-2 p.m., let your inner artist out with painting demonstrations. The “Watercolor Walk” will find inspiration from the wilderness around and about Rookery Bay.
  • Closing the Learning Center’s activities on National Wildlife Day, from 2-2:4 p.m. Rookery Bay naturalists will lead a special lecture about sea turtles and gopher tortoises.
  • Admission to Rookery Bay on September 4 is $5.
  • For more information about National Wildlife Day, visit

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