Road Scholar travelers studied seagrass ecosystems at Sanibel Sea School. 

Road Scholar travelers studied seagrass ecosystems at Sanibel Sea School. 

In July and August, Sanibel Sea School hosted two groups of Road Scholar travelers for week-long, immersive intergenerational ocean experiences. Road Scholar, a respected educational travel company specializing in transformative learning adventures, brought grandparents and their grandchildren to Sanibel to learn about our island’s unique marine ecosystems and the creatures that live here.

Group members traveled from locations around the United States, including New York, Washington, Kansas, and Oregon, and stayed at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, where Sanibel Sea School operates a satellite campus. Activities included seining for seahorses and pipefish in the seagrass, a mud walk and mangrove snorkel at Bunche Beach, and a lesson on subtidal communities. The group also learned about manatees and participated in a squid dissection.

“I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this group,” said marine educator Johnny Rader. “The grandparents and grandchildren alike were so enthusiastic about learning, and couldn’t wait to get in the water each day. It was also fun to watch two generations experience the ocean together, but from their sometimes very different perspectives.”

Sanibel Sea School, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time, will partner with Road Scholar again in Winter 2017 to offer a retreat for active adults. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org and roadscholar.org.

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