A view of downtown Fort Myers from the Caloosahatchee River. 

A view of downtown Fort Myers from the Caloosahatchee River. 

Sanibel Sea School has added a boat trip down the Caloosahatchee River to its 2017 calendar of adult classes. On December 6th, participants will cruise from Alva to Sanibel aboard the organization’s pontoon boat, learning about river ecology along the way.  

“We offered a course about oxbow bends on the river earlier this year, and our students enjoyed it so much that they requested a longer river trip,” said Executive Director Dr. Bruce Neill. He added that the scenery, different wildlife species, and an opportunity to pass through the Franklin Lock make this a unique chance to experience Southwest Florida from a new perspective. Past wildlife sightings along the river have included manatees, cownose rays, and Sandhill Cranes. “The Caloosahatchee acts as a bridge between freshwater and marine ecosystems. I am always struck by how closely our inland and barrier island communities are connected,” said Neill.

For this program, students will meet at Sanibel Causeway Island B at 9 AM. They will be transported to Alva by bus, and will return to their vehicles by boat. The trip will last approximately 4 hours, and participants are invited to bring a snack or light lunch to enjoy along the way. The cost is $100 per person. Scholarships are available upon request. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. Please click here to learn more and register. 

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