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Student trip focuses on Calusa Indians, plus back bay estuary

By Staff | Nov 5, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED In a partnership with Captiva Cruises, fourth-graders at The Sanibel School took an educational trip on Oct. 29 to the Randell Research Center on Bokeelia.

The Sanibel School’s fourth-graders recently took an educational trip out to Pineland.

On Oct. 29, the nearly 40 students and their two teachers – along with some additional adult chaperones – traveled to Bokeelia to explore the Calusa Heritage Trail and learn about the culture of the Calusa Indians at the Randell Research Center. The facility offers activities and programs.

Captiva Cruises chartered the group by boat out to Pineland.

“Captiva Cruises partnered with The Sanibel School to make this possible,” Richard Finkel, an educator with the company, said. “A big part of the Calusa culture is where they lived.”

He explained that Captiva Cruises and the school have partnered together on the trip for a few years now as the students study Florida history in fourth grade and the Calusa are a local aspect to that.

PHOTO PROVIDED In a partnership with Captiva Cruises, fourth-graders at The Sanibel School took an educational trip on Oct. 29 to the Randell Research Center on Bokeelia.

Finkel noted that the trip also provides an opportunity to educate the students about the back bay estuary and the important role it played in the lives of the tribe because of its rich resources.

“They were excellent fisher people, as well as gathers and hunters,” he said.

“We discuss a lot about the estuary and why it is so important to our area,” Finkel added.

PHOTO PROVIDED In a partnership with Captiva Cruises, fourth-graders at The Sanibel School took an educational trip on Oct. 29 to the Randell Research Center on Bokeelia.

PHOTO PROVIDED In a partnership with Captiva Cruises, fourth-graders at The Sanibel School took an educational trip on Oct. 29 to the Randell Research Center on Bokeelia.

PHOTO PROVIDED In a partnership with Captiva Cruises, fourth-graders at The Sanibel School took an educational trip on Oct. 29 to the Randell Research Center on Bokeelia.