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Conservancy of Southwest Florida offering naturalist-led summer eco-cruises of Rookery Bay in Naples

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will be welcoming nature-lovers aboard the Good Fortune II for enlightening summer eco-cruises led by Conservancy naturalists and Coast Guard-certified captains.

The two-hour eco-cruises will depart at 10 a.m. from the Conservancy’s Rookery Bay location, south of Naples along Shell Island Road, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the months of May, June and July (weather permitting).

Looking for an outing for your social group, HOA or family gathering? Charters for up to 35 guests are offered seven days a week, subject to availability.

Guests aboard the Good Fortune II will be treated to a guided tour of Rookery Bay, one of only 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country. Rookery Bay’s 110,000 acres contain bays, lagoons, streams, mangroves, marshes and upland habitats that are home to a vast array of wildlife, including dolphins, manatees and 150 species of birds. A group of concerned citizens originally founded the Conservancy in 1964 as a means of protecting the subtropical Rookery Bay from development.

The price for Conservancy members is $37 for adults and $15 for children. Non-Conservancy members pay $47 for adults and $20 for children. Charters are $799 for Conservancy members and $899 for the general public. Family memberships start at $65.

Eco-cruise reservations are required and can be booked online at www.conservancy.org/goodfortune or by calling 239-213-2500. Proceeds benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s mission of protecting the area’s water, land, wildlife and future.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

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