The Cause

Ocean love...

Those who know Sanibel Sea School know that we’re all about love for the ocean. Throughout the year, our students explore the beaches, shorelines, gulf waters and estuaries of Southwest Florida to learn how we’re all connected on our ocean planet. Whether they’re summer campers, day class students, home-schoolers or special groups that visit us regularly, these students have become a part of our Ocean Tribe, joining those of us who fervently value, understand and care for the ocean.

We will be holding our annual fundraiser, Octifest, on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 once again in a big-top tent on the Sanibel Causeway, always the perfect backdrop for our yearly ocean celebration. Octifest provides the single largest influx of funds each year to our little sandy bucket nonprofit.

Scholarships for kids in need...

The donations we receive at Octifest ensure that our many different scholarship programs endure. It is our goal to continue to host at-risk youth from the Pine Manor Improvement Association, Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, and Heights Foundation in Fort Myers, and to continue to host children with acute physical challenges and learning disabilities. Sanibel Sea School has never turned away a child due to financial constraints; scholarship funds also go toward supporting the many local families and members of our community who cannot afford to attend Sanibel Sea School otherwise.

New ocean experiences...

The funds raised through Octifest will also help us to expand and subsidize our educational offerings. Last summer we kicked off new leadership programs for teens, and developed a sand dollar research program to provide valuable scientific experience to our junior researchers. Both programs were a huge success, helping teens develop exciting new levels of waterman, research and learning skills. In addition, our remote campus locations at South Seas Island Resort and Sundial Resort and Spa have been very popular and we are continuously working to increase our presence.

...and plenty of nets and buckets!

Lastly, Octifest will help us to obtain the many buckets, nets, masks, snorkels and surfboards that define the Sanibel Sea School experience for so many of our kids. Our programs come to life through the kindhearted gifts of our supporters. Participants truly make a difference and touch the lives of hundreds of young ocean lovers.

On behalf of the Ocean Tribe, we look forward to seeing you at Octifest on Saturday, April 8th under the stars!


Date, Time, Location

Our event will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 in a big-top tent under the stars on Causeway Island A.

 

Buy Tickets Online

Tickets to Octifest 2017 are $150 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. You can also call (239) 472-8585 to purchase tickets via phone. A button to purchase tickets online will be added a few months before the event.