Students in Fishing from a Biological Perspective practice tying flys. 

Students in Fishing from a Biological Perspective practice tying flys. 

This spring, Sanibel Sea School will once again offer a series of ocean learning opportunities for adults. The nonprofit organization specializes in field-based marine education, and wants the Sanibel community to know that their programs are not just for kids. “We do provide camps and day courses for children year-round,” says Executive Director Dr. Bruce Neill, “but many people don’t realize that we offer vibrant experiences for grown-ups as well.”

Adult students enjoy a beach walk led by Sanibel Sea School's Executive Director, Dr. Bruce Neill.

Adult students enjoy a beach walk led by Sanibel Sea School's Executive Director, Dr. Bruce Neill.

Barefoot Academy, the school’s signature program for adults, is a series of courses about our island’s unique ecosystems and the creatures that inhabit them. Each classroom session is paired with a field trip to take a closer look at the day’s topic, and you can sign up for the entire program or pick and choose the subjects that interest you. This year, the syllabus includes gopher tortoises, seahorses, the ecology of Blind Pass, and more.

Seining for fish is one of many unique experiences you might have at Sanibel Sea School.

Seining for fish is one of many unique experiences you might have at Sanibel Sea School.

A course called Fishing from a Biological Perspective will give fishermen of all levels an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills, and to learn how natural factors like tides and weather can affect their catch. A free evening lecture series will cover topics like the school’s sand dollar research, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, and free guided beach walks will be available on one Saturday each month.

“You’re never too old to get your feet wet,” says Neill, “and whether you’ve lived on Sanibel for decades or you’re just visiting, there’s always something new and fascinating to learn about this island refuge we inhabit.”

To learn more or register, click here or call (239) 472-8585. 

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