Sanibel Sea School has partnered with Child Care of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) to provide meaningful ocean learning opportunities for landlocked children in our region. Kids in CCSWFL’s after school programs will interact with the Sea School’s marine science educators twice each month, once in their classroom and once during a field-based experience at the beach. The group enjoyed its first visit to Causeway Islands Park in mid-March.
During the field trip, participants had a chance to swim and practice using a seine net. They caught and released pinfish, Atlantic silversides, and comb jellies. “I’ve never seen a group so excited to try the net,” said educator Char Cadow. “These kids would have seined all day, if time allowed,” she added. The students have already started a countdown to the date of their next visit.
This partnership is made possible by Sanibel Sea School’s donor-supported scholarship fund, which also funds partnerships with the Gladiolus Center for Learning and Development, the Heights Foundation, the Pine Manor Improvement Association, the PACE Center for Girls, Lee and Hendry County Schools, and others. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. Learn more at sanibelseaschool.org. CCSWFL’s mission is to strengthen and enhance the lives of children and their families by providing affordable and exceptional childhood education and nutrition. More information is available at ccswfl.org.