Community camp participants seined for fish in San Carlos Bay.
Community camp participants seined for fish in San Carlos Bay.

Sanibel Sea School hosted local students for a Community Camp Day March 15, a free day of ocean fun and learning for children ages 6-13. The theme of the program was fish, and participants enjoyed a variety of related games and activities.

“The idea to offer free educational camp days to kids in our community on school holidays stemmed from the Hurricane Camp we hosted after Irma in 2017,” said the nonprofit’s Director of Education Shannon Stainken. “Working parents expressed how difficult it can be to find reliable, affordable childcare for just one day. We saw it as an opportunity to help our neighbors solve an ongoing challenge.”

Fun was had by all as students used a seine net to catch and release fish, played an exciting game of sharks and minnows on the beach, and made their own Japanese-style gyotaku fish prints.

Sanibel Sea School’s Community Camp Days are made possible by a donor-supported scholarship fund, which ensures that cost does not prevent children from participating in ocean education. Upcoming Community Camp Days will be announced via the organization’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and will also be shared with email list subscribers. To be added, please email your request to

Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. More information is available at