Sanibel Sea School’s Coral Reef Week campers recently visited Big Pine Key for a week of camping and coral reef exploration. After pitching their tents by the water, they prepared for snorkeling, marine science labs, friendly tent competitions, and more.
Snorkelers spotted nurse sharks and goliath groupers at Looe Key Reef, and found nudibranchs and an octopus in the seagrass beds near camp. They participated in labs about sponges, sea urchin embryology, and coralline algae. There was also a “trashion show,” during which aspiring young designers used trash items collected from the beach to create unique outfits. The Yellow Beluga Bananas tent group were named the proud winners of the weekly tent competition.
There were also delicious camp meals, nightly campfires, journaling sessions, and arts and crafts to be enjoyed. Jazlin Guerrero, pictured, enjoyed the blue water at Big Pine Key. Sanibel Sea School, a 501c3 nonprofit, offers weekly day camps and overnight expeditions for children ages 4-18. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org.