The Ocean Tribe Paddling Club will host an afternoon paddling excursion Wednesday, April 17, through the Bowman's Beach mangrove canals. Participants in this community event can look forward to beautiful views of Sanibel's unique "walking trees", excellent wildlife watching opportunities, and a chance to learn a bit about the local flora and fauna.

"We organize a paddle at least once a month to help paddling enthusiasts meet, exchange ideas, and explore some of our favorite areas," said event coordinator Kealy McNeal.

Those interested in joining the group should meet at the kayak launch in the Bowman's Beach parking lot at 2:45 p.m. The paddle will begin at 3 p.m. The paddle will last approximately one and a half hours. Participants are invited to bring their own vessel, or a limited number of loaner vessels can be reserved in advance by contacting oceantribepaddlers@sanibelseaschool.org. Any weather related updates or schedule changes will be posted on the Ocean Tribe Outfitters Facebook page at least one hour prior to the event.

Our paddling community is open to everyone, and your first event is always free. After that, we request that you purchase a club membership via our website. Ocean Tribe Outfitters is a branch of Sanibel Sea School that helps the local paddling community better explore, enjoy, and understand the ocean. Visit oceantribeoutfitters.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.