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Sanibel Sea School hosts Community Camp Day for youth

By Staff | Mar 20, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Community camp participants seined for fish in San Carlos Bay.

On March 15, the Sanibel Sea School hosted local students for a Community Camp Day, a free day of ocean fun and learning for children ages 6-13.

The theme was fish, and participants enjoyed a variety of related games and activities.

“The idea to offer free educational camp days to kids in our community on school holidays stemmed from the Hurricane Camp we hosted after Irma in 2017,” Director of Education Shannon Stainken said. “Working parents expressed how difficult it can be to find reliable, affordable childcare for just one day. We saw it as an opportunity to help our neighbors solve an ongoing challenge.”

Fun was had by all as students used a seine net to catch and release fish, played an exciting game of sharks and minnows on the beach, and made their own Japanese-style gyotaku fish prints.

The Community Camp Days are made possible by a donor-supported scholarship fund, which ensures that cost does not prevent children from participating in ocean education.

Upcoming Community Camp Days are announced via the organization’s Facebook and Instagram pages and are also shared with email list subscribers. To be added, email your request to info@sanibelseaschool.org.

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. For more information, visit sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.