Please mark your calendars for Octifest 2019, which will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 6:30 PM!
Those who know Sanibel Sea School know that we’re all about love for the ocean. Throughout the year, our students explore the beaches, shorelines, gulf waters and estuaries of Southwest Florida to learn how we’re all connected on our ocean planet. Whether they’re summer campers, day class students, home-schoolers or special groups that visit us regularly, these students have become a part of our Ocean Tribe, joining those of us who fervently value, understand and care for the ocean.
We will be holding our annual fundraiser, Octifest, on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 once again in a big-top tent on the Sanibel Causeway, always the perfect backdrop for our yearly ocean celebration. Octifest provides the single largest influx of funds each year to our little sandy bucket nonprofit.
The donations we receive at Octifest ensure that our many different scholarship programs endure. It is our goal to continue to host at-risk youth from the Pine Manor Improvement Association, Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, and Heights Foundation in Fort Myers, and to continue to host children with acute physical challenges and learning disabilities. Sanibel Sea School has never turned away a child due to financial constraints; scholarship funds also go toward supporting the many local families and members of our community who cannot afford to attend Sanibel Sea School otherwise.
The funds raised through Octifest will also help us to expand and subsidize our educational offerings. We recently hosted a free Hurricane Camp for families affected by Hurricane Irma, and will begin to offer free Community Camp Days on select school holidays to better support working parents throughout the year. We will also add a few new camps this summer to help participants develop exciting new levels of waterman, research and learning skills.
Lastly, Octifest will help us to purchase the many buckets, nets, masks, snorkels and surfboards that define the Sanibel Sea School experience for so many of our kids. Our programs come to life through the kindhearted gifts of our supporters. Participants truly make a difference and touch the lives of hundreds of young ocean lovers.
On behalf of the Ocean Tribe, we look forward to seeing you at Octifest on Sunday, March 11th under the stars!
Our event will be held on Sunday, April 13th, 2019 in a big-top tent under the stars on Causeway Island A.
We will add a link when 2019 tickets become available!
#1 By Sea Team Scavenger Hunt
Sanibel Sea School will design and help your party execute the best bonding event ever. Two captains will take two teams, up to six people on a team, on an island-wide, full-day scavenger hunt replete with goofy photo ops and embarrassing moments, all the while challenging your group’s social and critical thinking skills. Whether this is for a corporate retreat, or just about the best family gathering ever, you will be amazed at what challenges will lie ahead, and how much fun you will have meeting them! We request that you provide at least 60 days advance notice when scheduling, so we can plan the perfect experience for your group.
#2 A Sanibel Style Tropical Cocktail Cruise
Our custom open-air tiki trailer is sure to put you in the island spirit. Your group will make stops at some of Sanibel’s best restaurants, Doc Ford’s and Traders 2, for hors d’oeuvres and libations, then we will end the night with a celebratory dinner for 10, prepared by Doc Bruce and the Sanibel Sea School team at our Flagship Campus.
#3 Out of this World Planet Gazing With an Al Fresco Dinner Party
2018 is shaping up to be an amazing year for planet gazing, with Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars all putting on a show. Even better, Sanibel has a front row seat! Astronomer extraordinaire Robert Hunt will help you select an evening with excellent sky viewing potential – all you have to do is invite up to 10 guests, sit back, relax, and enjoy the views through his top of the line telescope. Sanibel Sea School will serve up delicious drinks and appetizers, provided by Traders.
#4 Sealife by Congress
Inspired by the natural beauty of the sea and handcrafted by artisans at Congress Jewelers on Sanibel Island, this gorgeous 14-karat white gold, pave diamond Octopus with emerald eyes is a special “Sea Jewel.” A truly unique and beautiful addition to any ocean enthusiast’s collection.
#5 Sip and Savor with Tom Uhler
Tom Uhler is a professional wine educator who founded the first fine wine shop in our area, and he is ready to guide your group of up to 8 people on a journey of the senses. Enjoy tasting a selection of his favorite wines, each paired with complementary nibbles from Bailey’s Sanibel Catering Company. Whether you are new to wine or an experienced sipper, you are sure to have fun and learn a thing or two about this globally prized beverage.
#6 Doc Ford’s Truck - Donated by Randy Wayne White
Here’s your chance to own a piece of Sanibel Island history. Renowned Southwest Florida author Randy Wayne White has donated the sky blue and white 1972 GMC 1500 that inspired marine biologist Doc Ford’s truck in his novels. Picture yourself cruising around the islands in this vintage beauty with the wind in your hair, perhaps with a surfboard or two peeking out the back. Comes with a 350 Chevy Engine, just under 15,000 miles on the odometer, and the original “Doc Ford” vanity license plate. An islander’s dream!
Silent Auction Items will include an inflatable stand up paddleboard from Body Glove, original artwork by Emmett Horvath, Disney World day passes, a gift basket from On Island, and much more!
Thank you to our Octifest 2018 corporate sponsors!
We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support: Body Glove, Norman Love Confections, Orangetheory Fitness, Walt Disney World Co., Surf 9 LLC, Wilford and Lee Home Accents, Peach Republic, Jason's Deli, Florida Repertory Theatre, Her Sports Closet, Three Crafty Ladies, Suncatcher's Dream, Emmett Horvath, On Island, Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel Day Spa, Tribeca Salon, JB Designs, Adventures in Paradise, B Unique Boutique, Blue Giraffe, LYNQ Restaurant, MacIntosh Books, Pandora's Box, Sanibel Moorings Resort, Sanibel Outlets, The Bait Box, The Santiva Chronicle, C Turtles, Florida Olive Oil Company, Sanibel Home Furnishings, She Sells Sea Shells, The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Trader Rick's, Island Paws, Mes Amies Medical Spa, Indie Studio Salons, LuLu's Emporium, Big Pupils LLC, Traders 2 at The Village Shops, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Island Cow, Colony Inn
To learn more about becoming a corporate or individual sponsor, please contact us at 239-472-8585.
2018 Sponsorship Levels
Great White Sponsor / $10,000 (10 tickets, reserved table, sponsor party invite, marquee placement in program, day of discovery with Doc Bruce)
Blue Whale Sponsor / $7,500 (8 tickets, reserved table, sponsor party invite, marquee placement in program, 2 hour session with Doc Bruce)
Osprey Sponsor / $5,000 (6 tickets, sponsor party invite, name listed prominently in program)
Manatee Sponsor / $2,500 (4 tickets, sponsor party invite, name listed in program)
Dolphin Sponsor / $1,000 (2 tickets, sponsor party invite, name listed in program)
Sea Salt Sponsor / $500 (sponsor party invite, name listed in program)
We look to a world where all people value, understand and care for the ocean.
Sanibel Sea School is dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems. We use the barrier island habitats of Sanibel and Captiva to give our students an opportunity to touch, feel, and understand their natural surroundings in a field setting.
Through their experiences, students develop an intimate bond with the ocean and its inhabitants, and gain an enhanced awareness of the tightly woven fabric of our global environment. Sanibel Sea School’s programs foster a sense of wonder in regards to the marine world, leaving participants eager to learn more and enthusiastic about practicing good ocean stewardship.
Our programs cover all that encompasses marine ecosystems – animals, people, plants, land, ocean and weather.
Thanks to the nature of field education, Sanibel Sea School provides a rich ocean experience that will invigorate students for a lifetime of appreciation and responsibility.
We offer transformative education – it’s more than an experience – It changes the way we live.
We invite you to learn more at www.sanibelseaschool.org.