During an echolocation relay race, blindfolded campers had to run through an obstacle course guided by their partner's voice. 

During an echolocation relay race, blindfolded campers had to run through an obstacle course guided by their partner's voice. 

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sanibel Sea School hosted local students for the organization’s first ever Community Camp Day, a free day of ocean fun and learning for children ages 6-13. The theme of the program was dolphins, and participants enjoyed a variety of related games and activities. 

“The idea to offer free educational camp days to kids in our community on school holidays stemmed from the Hurricane Camp we hosted after Irma,” said the nonprofit’s Director of Education, Nicole Finnicum. “Working parents expressed how difficult it can be to find reliable, affordable childcare for just one day. We saw it as an opportunity to help our neighbors solve an ongoing challenge.” 

Fun was had by all as students seined for fish, tested their taste buds during a fun experiment, swam like dolphins using a monofin, and ran through an echolocation obstacle course. They also had a chance to surf, and many braved the cold Gulf waters to catch a wave or two. 

Sanibel Sea School’s Community Camp Days are made possible by a donor-supported scholarship fund, which ensures that cost does not prevent children from participating in ocean education. Upcoming Community Camp Days will be announced via the organization’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and will also be shared with email list subscribers. To be added, please email your request to info@sanibelseaschool.org.

Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. More information is available at sanibelseaschool.org

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