Sanibel Sea School offers after-school beachcombing
Throughout January, Sanibel Sea School educators offered after-school beachcombing each Tuesday. The session was designed to be a hands-on, after-school activity to get outside and explore nature.
Students used their powers of observation to compare and contrast shorelines on the bay and Gulf.
“On our way to the beach we honed our observation skills by playing games to notice less conspicuous things in nature,” Marine Science Educator Brianna Machuga said. “Then my students were able to notice subtle differences in the shorelines, such as larger shells on the Gulf side of the island.”
The class also incorporated ocean art into the session, with students embarking on a scavenger hunt to find items that would later be turned into a mobile. In another session, they used items they found to create ornate sand sculptures. Students used natural materials, such as shells, algae, coconuts and other items from the wrack line, to decorate their ocean-themed sand sculptures.
“Through beachcombing, students not only made new discoveries, but learned how to identify their finds using a field guide and then got to express their creativity,” Machuga said.
Students also learned the biology behind the different beach treasures that washed ashore.
For more about its programs, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/afterschool. Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, its mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.