Gulf Middle School Students observing marine life pulled up in trawl
Gulf Middle School Students observing marine life pulled up in trawl
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Captiva Cruises have partnered up to provide Southwest Florida’s youth with hands on learning experiences focusing on the ecology of our Back Bay Estuary and Barrier Islands.

This collaborative Environmental Education Outreach Project is known as “No Child Left On Shore” and strives to provide the opportunity for our area’s younger generation to get out on the water and experience first hand the coastal environments of Southwest Florida.

Middle-school students from Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral took part in the most recent “No child Left On Shore” Field Trip. Students had the opportunity to cruise the waters of Pine Island Sound aboard Captiva Cruises’ motor catamaran vessel “The Santiva” and along with Captiva Cruises’ Educator Richard Finkel were able to get an up close look at the shoreline of Cayo Costa State Park.

Students found sand dollars, a variety of shells, and crab skeletons along the shoreline. They were escorted by Gulf Middle School Science Teacher Charles O’Connor.

One student told O’Connor that it was “My favorite field trip I’ve ever been on.” When the student was asked why, he replied, “because I never knew about the Calusa People and all the islands we had nearby. I didn’t know about the stuff we caught on the boat, like the Sea Hare.”

Another student responded: “I’ve never been on a boat before but I really enjoyed it. I loved seeing all the stuff from the net and it was cool to put it back again.” Another student said the walk in the water and on the beach was their favorite part of the field trip.

For additional information about The “No Child Left On Shore” Environmental Outreach Initiative, or to sponsor a field trip, contact SCCF ( at (239) 472-2329 or Captiva Cruises ( at (239) 472-5300.