Kids' Program: Manatees - Mermaids Among Us

Manatees are an iconic part of our shallow-water habitats in Southwest Florida, yet they are highly misunderstood.  We hope to get a glimpse of these endangered mammals, learn about their unique biology and migration habits, explore why they are so vulnerable to boat injuries, and ponder how something so hulking can be so graceful.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Wrack Line - 'Sea' Whats Washed Up

Marine debris left on the shore at the high tide is called the Wrack Line.  A treasure trove of creatures and organic matter, it is used by many organisms for food and shelter.  In this course, we dig into the wrack line, taking not of its properties and observing some of the organisms that depend upon it.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Dolphins - Flipping Through Life

What’s not to love about dolphins?  In this course, we explore the underwater world, learning how differently dolphins ’view’ the ocean from the way we do.  We also enrich our understanding of their social nature, hoping to encounter a playful pod in their natural environment.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Urchins, Dollars and Stars, Oh My!

The spiny-skinned creatures, echinoderms are the only major group of animals that live totally in the ocean.  We explore their unique traits, and discover some of the many roles these animals play in marine communities.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Fish - What's Better than a Fish?

More successful than the dinosaurs, and much older than we are, fish are the most diverse group of vertebrate animals on Earth.  Here on Sanibel and Captiva, our scaly friends surround us.  As we collect and identify the common marine fishes of Southwest Florida, we learn how they breathe, hear, and communicate underwater.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Gastropods - A Twisted Tale

Snails are known to scientists as the gastropod mollusks, which literally means that they have ‘stomach feet’.  Their uniquely twisted bodies and iconic spiral shells make them hard to ignore.  The gastropods found on our shores are as rich as those found anywhere in the United States.  We explore their biology and behavior, and learn how to identify some of our local shells.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Crabs - Crazy 10-Legged Critters.

Crabs are ubiquitous members of the ocean community, making their living in as many ways as there are species.  We explore the diversity of body types and lifestyles into which these animals have evolved.  We also examine their unique biology, including their ability to grow despite their hard shell.

For kids ages 6-13

Kids' Program: Pelicans - Acrobatic Divers.

“The magnificent bird, the Pelican – its beak can hold more than its belly can.”  Pelicans are emblematic members of our local marine community.  In this course, we explore the biology of the bird, observe pelicans in action and examine them as another example of a modern conservation success story.

Kids' Program: Sea Turtles - One in 3,000 Chance of Survival

Southern beaches provide excellent nesting habitats for these amazing animals.  We will learn all about this local resident, and perhaps, based on the season, even see the tracks from a nesting female, and the nest she left behind.  We will also learn about efforts to conserve these captivating creatures.

For kids ages 6-13