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Octifest


Sanibel Sea School's annual fundraiser,

Bringing the School's largest influx of funds each year. 

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Octifest


Sanibel Sea School's annual fundraiser,

Bringing the School's largest influx of funds each year. 

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generous sponsors lik

 

 

e you

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate 10 years of life-changing ocean experiences with us at Octifest 2016!

Please mark your calendars for next year's event, which will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017!

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Event Info


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The Cause

Ocean love...

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 8th, 2017 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.

Scholarships for kids in need...

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.

New ocean experiences...

The funds raised through Octifest will also help us to expand and subsidize our educational offerings. Last summer we kicked off new leadership programs for teens, and developed a sand dollar research program to provide valuable scientific experience to our junior researchers. Both programs were a huge success, helping teens develop exciting new levels of waterman, research and learning skills. In addition, our remote campus locations at South Seas Island Resort and Sundial Resort and Spa have been very popular and we are continuously working to increase our presence.

...and plenty of nets and buckets!

Lastly, Octifest will help us to obtain 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 Saturday, April 8th under the stars!


Date, Time, Location

Our event will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 in a big-top tent under the stars on Causeway Island A.

 

Buy Tickets Online

Tickets to Octifest 2017 are $150 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. You can also call (239) 472-8585 to purchase tickets via phone. A button to purchase tickets online will be added a few months before the event. 

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The Octifest Experience

Photos from past events

Click here to view photos from our 2016 event by the sea, or here to browse photos of some of our favorite ocean learning moments. 


A short film about ocean love

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Auction Items


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Auction Items


Check back for Octifest 2017 Auction Items!

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Sponsors


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Corporate Sponsors of Octifest 2016

Thank you to our Octifest 2016 corporate sponsors!

Florida Weekly

Global Event Marketplace

The Sanctuary Golf Club

Southern Gulf Equipment Rental and Sales, Inc.

Island Sun

Fat Cork

Sundial Beach Resort

Gulfcoast Palm and Tree Nursery

Norman Love Confections

The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club

The Bait Box

Times of the Islands (TOTI)

Useppa Inn and Dock

Bailey's General Store

Harmon's Audio Visual

WINK News
 

Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation

Specialized Veterinary Services

Barrier Island Title

The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille

Zurbriggen Financial Inc.

Anita DelBianco, M.D., Physician's Primary Care

Sanibel Island Fishing Club

Tim Smith Brick Pavers LLC

The Sanctuary Golf Club

Massie & Reilly, CPAs, PLLC

Island Cow, Inc.

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, LLC

Lighthouse Café 

Traders Sanibel, LLC

Rhodes Tucker Phoenix Attorneys at Law

Retina Health Center

John Grey Painting

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Exit Strategies Group, LLC

RLR Investments, LLC

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Columbus Hospitality

Heidrick & Co Insurance

SunTrust Private Wealth

Central Line Properties, LLC

South Seas Island Resort

 

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support: Sanibel Island Golf Club, Cast About Charters, Total Wine & More, Barnacle Phil's, Guy Harvey, Sanibel Art and Frame, Southern Gulf Equipment Rental and Sales, Sanibel Service Center, Point Ybel Brewery, Mes Amies Medical Spa, Breeze Newspapers, The Santiva Chronicle, Matzaluna - The Italian Kitchen, Timbers Fish Market, Island Paws

Become a Sponsor

To learn more about becoming a corporate or individual sponsor, please contact us at 239-472-8585.

Click here to view 2016 sponsorship levels. 

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Donate


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Can't make it to the event? You can still support the cause, right from your computer!

Fund a "Give to Give" Item

Give to Give items are things Sanibel Sea School desperately needs the things our teachers would love to have if our little sandy-bucket non-profit could afford it! If you can't be at Octifest, consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us purchase equipment to facilitate many more years of ocean fun and learning. 

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Lifeguard Training and First Aid Gear. The equipment we need to keep kids safe.

Total Need: $1500

Each Portion: $75

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Binoculars for Kids. Because the ones we have are too big for tiny faces. 

Total Need: $500

Each Portion: $25

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Beach Exploration Tools. Shovels and shell scoops...ocean kid essentials. 

Total Need: $200

Each Portion: $10

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Life Jackets. For boat trips to the sandbar and those days with big waves.

Total Need: $750

Each Portion: $37.50

Art Supplies. Markers, crayons, paint, and glue. To make fabulous ocean crafts. 

Total Need: $1000

Each Portion: $50

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Surfboards. For countless hours of summer fun and learning in the Gulf.

Total Need: $1600

Each Portion: $80

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Research Items. Sieves, and a temperature data logger to study sand dollars.

Total Need: $750

Each Portion: $37.50

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Nature ID Books. So our students can look up their beach finds!

Total Need: $500

Each Portion: $25

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Aquarium Supplies. Tools to make our tank inhabitants feel right at home. 

Total Need: $1000

Each Portion: $50

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Utility Wagon. To transport supplies (and even campers) to the beach. 

Total Need: $300

Each Portion: $15

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Masks and Snorkels. No week at Sanibel Sea School is complete without these.

Total Need: $1000

Each Portion: $50

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Survival Camp Gear. Tents, compasses, and fire starters. For ocean expeditions.

Total Need: $1200

Each Portion: $60

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Point and Shoot Underwater Camera. So we can share our ocean adventures with you.

Total Need: $300

Each Portion: $15

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Nets. Seine, dip, cast. To gently scoop up tiny creatures for a closer look. 

Total Need: $500

Each Portion: $25

Dissection Microscope. Hooks up to the TV screen so the whole class can see!

Total Need: $5000

Each Portion: $250

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Scholarship Days for Landlocked Kids. Share the ocean's magic with others.

Total Need: $7500

Each Portion: $375


Or, Make a General Donation

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The Annual Coconut Current Study


 

 

 

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How far can your coconut go?

Enter a colorful coconut in our race and you could win an Apple Watch!

Each year, our guests at Octifest have a chance to participate in our annual Coconut Current Study - the greatest coconut race there ever was! Here's how it works: 

You purchase a coconut (or two or three!)

You write your name on its tag (and a message to its finder, if you wish!)

We collect all of the coconuts and carry them about 20 or 30 miles offshore in our boat, where we toss them into the Gulf. The race begins!

The coconuts are swept up by Gulf currents, and as they wash ashore in the weeks after Octifest, they look like giant Easter eggs. A magical thing for beachcombers to find!

These beachcombers read each coconut's tag, which instructs them to call us with their tag number and location. 

The owner of the first coconut to wash ashore is the winner! The prize will be an Apple Watch!

As these phone calls come in, we build a map of coconut landings to learn more about how Gulf currents are flowing at this time of year. 

How's that for fun AND scientific?!?

If you won't be at Octifest, you can even enter your coconut in the race beforehand using the link below. 

 


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About Sanibel Sea School


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About Sanibel Sea School


Our mission is to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time. 

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.