Sanibel Sea School Offering Limited Programs

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Seining is a great socially distanced activity that participants will be doing in classes this summer. Photo provided

Sanibel Sea School opened June 29 for limited, in-person programs. Marine science educators will offer half-day classes, family private programs, and private stand-up paddleboarding programs. With the rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida, Sanibel Sea School cancelled their week-long summer camps, but will still be offering limited programs for the rest of the summer.

Half-day classes will be offered at Sanibel Sea School’s Flagship campus on Periwinkle Way, as well as at the Sundial Resort through their satellite campus. Classes will be limited to nine participants to keep group sizes small. Classes will be available throughout the week for children ages 6-13, and for children ages 4-6, once weekly at each campus location.

Themed classes offered in their first week of opening, included dolphins, pelicans, fish, crabs, and more. Sanibel Sea School’s marine science educators are utilizing the beach and outdoor space as much as possible and are limiting time indoors. Students are still able to use seine and dip nets, birdwatch, and search the intertidal zones for invertebrates.

The organization’s marine science educators will also be offering family private programs. These are two-hour sessions that can be tailored to the group’s interests, age, and existing level of knowledge. These sessions are scheduled by appointment.

“Family private sessions are a great way for multi-generational families to explore the ocean together,” said Education Programs Manager Shannon Stainken. “Especially in light of the pandemic, we are seeing more requests for family private sessions so that families can stay together and engage in outdoor activities.”

Private paddleboarding programs are also being offered in small groups. Paddling sessions offer introductory paddling skills, as well as marine science education, on the water.

Anyone who is interested in registering for half-day programs or scheduling a private session should email or call (239) 472-8585.

Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.

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