Ninth Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Nature lovers, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s got your best interests at heart. From January 18 to 20, it is offering the ultimate three-day celebration of all that is natural and wild through fascinating lectures, presentations and field trips led by the finest experts in their fields.

 Nature expedition at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  To get brains cranking, award-winning filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus presents the keynote address about the 1,000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition (of which he was a part) and its contributions to the Elam Stoltzfus - Florida Wildlife Corridor ExpeditionFlorida Wildlife Corridor Project. Currently working on a documentary about the journey, Stoltzfus reveals special video clips from behind the scenes. His provocative account of the trek is offered on both January 18 and 19.
   For your cerebral delight, Saturday’s agenda holds four promising presentations about topics including Florida’s mangroves, panthers and pythons. Speakers range from wildlife biologists to local artists.
   Of course it wouldn’t be a nature festival without real nature exploration. So 40 guided  trips to 20 wildlife hot spots are offered over the three days. Categorized into birding, wildlife and specialty, field trips are led by expert guides. Some exciting ones include a canoe trip through the Turner River Ecosystem, a birding walk through Clam Pass, a sunset cruise to observe beautiful wading birds, and back-country swamp buggy trips.

  • Registration for presentations is not required but highly recommended due to limited seating. Registration for field trips is required and remains open until the day before each field trip is scheduled.
  • To register online, visit, call 239-417-6310, ext. 401 or go to the Environmental Learning Center.
  • For more information about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Project, visit

Guided Canoe Trip - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Road
Naples, Florida 34113

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