Gator Babies campers make their own "gator mouths" out of palm guards and seashells.

Gator Babies campers make their own "gator mouths" out of palm guards and seashells.

Last week was Gator Babies Week at Sanibel Sea School, a summer camp program especially for 4-6 year olds. Our youngest campers enjoyed plenty of new adventures, just like baby gators when they leave their mamas!  We went on a scavenger hunt at the Bailey Tract, searching for birds, flowers, and butterflies along the way. Some lucky campers spotted turtles and alligators too. At the beach, we built our very own gator nests and filled them with ping pong “eggs”. Campers played games to learn about the lives of alligator families, and tried to protect their nests against invasive species during an epic game of Capture the Eggs.

Campers learn to surf during Gator Babies Week.

Campers learn to surf during Gator Babies Week.

In true Sanibel Sea School fashion, we also snorkeled along the beach and used our keen baby gator senses to spot sea life and find spectacular shells, we used seine nets to catch fish, and we crafted our very own gator-inspired art.  At the end of the week, we painted our faces in team colors for a friendly surf competition and invited our families to view photos from the week at our milk-and-cookies slideshow.

Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)(3) marine conservation organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. We offer summer camps for kids ages 4-18. Learn more at www.sanibelseaschool.org.

Gator Babies campers try snorkeling, some for the very first time. At Sanibel Sea School, we think snorkeling is one of the best ways to connect with the ocean at any age!

Gator Babies campers try snorkeling, some for the very first time. At Sanibel Sea School, we think snorkeling is one of the best ways to connect with the ocean at any age!

 

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