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Sanibel Sea School kicks off fall landlocked programs

By SANIBEL SEA SCHOOL - | Nov 5, 2020

In September, the Sanibel Sea School kicked off its outreach programming for the 2020-2021 school year. The program is targeted toward “landlocked” students — youths who live just 10-50 miles from the ocean but do not often have the opportunity to get out and explore and engage in marine science on a regular basis.

It is partnering with the Pine Manor Community Improvement Association, The Heights Foundation and Child Care of Southwest Florida. Educators visit the organizations to provide enriching hands-on education and bring the ocean to the students. During the sessions, educators offer activities, like games, art projects with natural materials, and deliver lessons in marine science. Additionally, the educators may bring along creatures, such as sea stars or sea urchins and live mollusks, so that students can hold the creatures, many of them for the first time.

Classroom visits to the partner organizations are normally paired with field trips, but amid the pandemic, the field trips have been paused temporarily. Despite the modification, the Sanibel Sea School is excited to be able to continue to offer these staple programs for the community.

The Sanibel Sea School’s landlocked programs are offered 100 percent on scholarship and are funded through donor support. For more information or to donate, contact 239-472-8585 or info@sanibelseaschool.org.

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.