Emmett Horvath observed a live shell with Hendry County students. 

Emmett Horvath observed a live shell with Hendry County students. 

Sanibel Sea School continued its long-term partnership with Hendry County Schools when a group of students visited the nonprofit on February 8th for a day of ocean learning and exploration. Participants from multiple grades and schools spent the morning at Bunche Beach, where they learned about mangrove ecology and searched for marine creatures in the shallow tide pools. 

Emmett Horvath, a marine educator for the Sea School, pointed out sea hares, horseshoe crabs, and live lightning whelks, explaining the role that each species plays in the ecosystem. “These kids were so excited about their field trip,” he said. “They had already learned about mangroves in the classroom, so they were ready to experience the habitat for themselves and came prepared with many great questions.”

The ongoing partnership is supported by Sanibel Sea School’s scholarship fund, which ensures that cost never prevents individuals from learning about the ocean. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org.

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