Sanibel Sea School offers marine science opportunities through resorts
In addition to offering ocean experiences at its flagship headquarters on the east end of Sanibel, the Sanibel Sea School has partnerships with resorts on both islands to deliver unique, on-property marine science learning opportunities for children and families.
“One of the benefits of having resort partners allows us to expand our reach — sharing the ocean with new people each year,” Sanibel Sea School Director Nicole Finnicum said. “Many Sanibel Island vacationers hail from the Midwest and Northeast, so it is a great opportunity to be able to share the magic of the ocean with people who don’t get to experience it frequently.”
SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT
Throughout the year, marine science educators travel to the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva to offer half-day programs for children ages 6-13, as well as Discover Beachcombing classes for families. Children’s courses on manatees and dolphins are popular, with frequent encounters with manatees bobbing around in the marina or dolphins hunting near shore. It is also a great place to spot numerous shorebirds, osprey and wading birds near the T-dock.
“South Seas is special because many families return year after year and enroll in Sanibel Sea School classes each visit,” Finnicum said.
To register, call 239-472-7577.
SUNDIAL BEACH RESORT
The Sanibel Sea School offers half-day classes each Wednesday and Friday at the Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel for children ages 6-13 and seasonal guided beach walks with marine science educators. The classes are part of the Sundial Resorts Turtle Scouts program. The educators often point out schools of fish, live sand dollars and sea turtle nests.
“These exciting finds result in great conversations, discussions and educational moments throughout the classes,” Finnicum said.
To register, call 239-395-7226.
Each Friday throughout the year, marine science educators meet guests at “the big blue chair” to offer a morning beachcombing walk to discover the treasures that washed ashore overnight. Open to the public and to Moorings guests, it is ideal for individuals, couples and families who want to learn more about the marine ecosystem on Sanibel.
To register, call 239-472-4119.