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Sanibel Sea School to take teen campers to Belize

May 17, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

After a successful expedition in 2017, the Sanibel Sea School will once again offer an educational, biology-focused trip to Belize for teens over the summer.

Open to participants ages 15-18, the program will run from July 30 to Aug. 8 and will include time spent in the jungle and on a remote island close to pristine coral reef habitat.

Campers will land in Belize City, then travel to Blue Creek Field Station in the Belizean rainforest, where they will stay in rustic accommodations, learn about the ecosystem and enjoy activities like guided nature hikes, river tubing, and wildlife watching.

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Participants in Sanibel Sea School's expedition to Belize will take daily trips to snorkel on a coral reef.

"Last year, we saw monkeys, toucans, tarantulas and so much more," Director of Education Nicole Finnicum said. "In the jungle you are completely surrounded by creatures and you can hear and see them all the time."

Next, the group will move by boat to South Water Caye. From there, they will take daily trips to the Belize Barrier Reef to snorkel. Participants will learn about coral reef conservation, practice identifying coral reef species and develop critical skills for engaging in scientific inquiry and research.

"The South Water Caye Marine Reserve is a marine protected area, and it is home to some of the most pristine patches of reef in this part of the world," Finnicum said. "There is so much biodiversity, including everything from cleaner shrimps to nurse sharks."

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There will be plenty of opportunities for creativity, with time for writing and making art daily.

Meals will consist of local delicacies like beans and rice, fried plantains and fresh seafood.

Other program highlights will include beach walks, lounging in the many hammocks at both field stations and playing games in the evening.

For younger students, ages 11-15, who are interested in coral reef ecology, the Sanibel Sea School will also offer two weeks of camp on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys.

For more information and to register, visit online at sanibelseaschool.org.

 
 

 

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