provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Sanibel Sea School is thrilled to welcome two new marine science educators to its team of ocean advocates. The two educators arrived just in time to help kick off Sanibel Sea School’s busy spring and summer seasons and will be working in educational programming for children and families.
Joey Garofano joins Sanibel Sea School as no stranger to Sanibel. He worked previously as a Segway tour guide with Segway Tours of Sanibel and is familiar with the flora and fauna of Southwest Florida.
Before coming to Sanibel, Garofano studied youth programming and camp management at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. There, he created a solid foundation in environmental education and took his skills across the United States teaching children of all ages.
As a Boy Scout and lover of the natural environment, Garofano is excited to share his passion with kids at Sanibel Sea School during classes, summer camps, and specialty programs.
Additionally, Kimberly Bowukamp, will be joining the ranks of the education team as a seasonal educator and will work through August primarily assisting with educational day courses.
Originally hailing from Michigan, Bowukamp recently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in fisheries and wildlife and a concentration in wildlife biology.
Bowukamp worked as an environmental education volunteer on the east coast of Florida and also worked as an interpretive park ranger at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Bowukamp is excited to continue to learn about the marine environment on Sanibel and share the excitement of ocean discovery with kids.
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.