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. We recently partnered with Hendry County Public Schools to bring even more landlocked kids to experience the ocean, and we will add new canoeing and science fair camps this summer to help teens develop exciting new levels of waterman, research and learning skills. In addition, we are launching a new Resort Partnership Program to provide meaningful, field-based experiences to people visiting our islands each year.
...and plenty of nets and buckets!
Lastly, Octifest will help us to purchase 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 Sunday, March 11th, 2018 in a big-top tent under the stars on Causeway Island A.
This year, Octifest attendees will be treated to some very special stargazing, with help from a high power telescope!
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.