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SCCF and Captiva Cruises introduces Immokalee Foundation teens to wonders of the shore

By Staff | Jun 30, 2017
Teen group with Captiva Cruises' Educator Richard Finkel.
Students walk a short trail to the beach on Cayo Costa State Park.
A student holds a live sand dollar.
The students enjoy their ride with Captiva Cruises.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and Captiva Cruises teamed up to introduce middle school students, with The Immokalee Foundation’s Summer Program, to the wonders of our coastal habitats. The “No Child Left On shore” Environmental Education Outreach Project is a collaborative endeavor of SCCF and Captiva Cruises which strives to provide an opportunity for Southwest Florida’s younger generation to experience firs hand the natural wonders on and around our barrier islands.

For many of the students of The Immokalee Foundation’s Summer Teen Program, it was their first time to go on a cruise and be able to observe dolphins in the wild. Students departed McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva aboard Captiva Cruises’ motor catamaran vessel “The Playtime” for a cruise in Pine Island Sound to Cayo Costa State Park. Along with fun in the clear Gulf waters, students collected shells, observed live sand dollars, mole crabs and coquina clams. Seining in shallow sea grass beds students were able to observe and identify pin fish, grunt fish and trigger fish. These sightings were a first for many of these students and opened their eyes to the abundance and diversity of life within our Back Bay Estuary.

For additional information about these “No Child Left On Shore” field trips, or to sponsor a local youth group outing, contact SCCF at (239) 472-2329 or Captiva Cruises at (239) 472-5300.