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Sanibel Sea School offering limited programs

By Staff | Jul 7, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Seining is a great socially distanced activity that participants will do in classes this summer.

The Sanibel Sea School opened on June 29 for limited, in-person programs. Marine science educators will offer half-day classes, family private programs and private stand-up paddleboarding programs.

Half-day classes will be offered at the flagship campus on Periwinkle Way, as well as at the Sundial Resort through its satellite campus. Classes will be limited to nine participants and they will be available throughout the week for ages 6-13 and once weekly at each campus location for ages 4-6.

Themed classes offered in the first week included dolphins, pelicans, fish, crabs and more. Educators are utilizing the beach and outdoor space as much as possible and are limiting time indoors. Students are still able to use seine and dip nets, birdwatch, and search the intertidal zones for invertebrates.

Educators are also offering family private programs. The two-hour sessions can be tailored to the group’s interests, age, and existing level of knowledge. The sessions are scheduled by appointment.

“Family private sessions are a great way for multi-generational families to explore the ocean together,” Education Programs Manager Shannon Stainken said. “Especially in light of the pandemic, we are seeing more requests for family private sessions so that families can stay together and engage in outdoor activities.”

Private paddleboarding programs are also being offered in small groups. Paddling sessions offer introductory paddling skills, as well as marine science education, on the water.

For a class or private session, email info@sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.