High Points boat tour
Take a three-hour, naturalist-led small boat tour through the back bays and winding creeks of the Rookery Bay Reserve to visit one of the most unique areas of Southwest Florida. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era that is 25 feet above sea level. The view from the top of Sand Hill is remarkable in this predominantly flat landscape, where visitors can see and appreciate this rare and fragile coastal scrub ecosystem marked by sand live oaks, rusty lyonia and Florida rosemary. In Southwest Florida, the diversity of species encountered in a few inches of elevation change is equivalent to thousands of feet of elevation change in other places. Access to this sensitive area is restricted to protect it from damage, so this tour allows guests the opportunity to experience this unusual place that very few visitors ever get to see. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore. Cost is $75 for non-members, $70 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and includes admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Register at rookerybay.org.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower, Naples, FL 34113