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Sanibel Sea School hosts marine science field trips

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

In April and May, the Sanibel Sea School hosted groups of students from eight local schools for marine biology centered field trips.

Each program was carefully designed to complement the students' classroom-based learning. The majority of participating schools requested and received partial or full scholarships, which are made possible by the nonprofit organization's donor-supported scholarship fund.

The field trips were held at the Causeway Islands Park, and students rotated through stations that included activities such as surfing, seining, squid dissection and, in some cases, a boat trip to a snorkeling location.

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Canterbury School students participate in a squid dissection.

"We love hosting field trips," educator Johnny Rader. "It's fun to see the same teachers return year after year, and the kids are always so excited to be outside."

Visiting schools included Orangewood Elementary, Allen Park Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Cape Elementary, St. Francis Xavier School, Canterbury School, Tanglewood Elementary and Villas Elementary.

A total of 825 students were able to attend, up from about 650 last spring.

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"We are thrilled to see our field trip program growing," Director of Education Nicole Finnicum said. "The time between Easter and the summer, when our camps begin, is usually very slow for us. It's amazing to be able to stay busy exploring with school groups and put our scholarship funds to great use."

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