Students seined in the seagrass beds. 

Students seined in the seagrass beds. 

Students from Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Missouri, visited Sanibel Sea School during their spring “3-Week Term”, a time period at the end of each semester designated for educational travel and work experiences. The group participated in field-based lectures and activities designed to complement their classroom learning in topics such as environmental studies, sustainability, and ecology. 

 A pipefish.

A pipefish.

Daily program topics included mangrove and seagrass ecosystems, the wrack line, subtidal ecology, conserving cultural history, and more. Participants also had a chance to paddle stand up paddleboards near the Sanibel Causeway Islands. “Our teaching team thoroughly enjoyed developing course content for these college students,” said Sanibel Sea School’s Director of Education, Nicole Finnicum. “It’s a treat to be able to delve into subjects that they are already familiar with. There have been so many interesting questions, valuable conversations, and fun moments this week,” she added. 

 A puffer fish. 

A puffer fish. 

The mission of Culver-Stockton College is to prepare students of promise for a dynamic world through a distinctive experiential curriculum within a supportive learning community. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org.

 Participants practiced using a salinity refractometer. 

Participants practiced using a salinity refractometer. 

 When on Sanibel, it is important to have your photo taken with a crab. 

When on Sanibel, it is important to have your photo taken with a crab. 

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