Jellies- Pursuit Predators

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 98% water, it’s amazing that jellies have been swimming in our oceans for over 500 million years. We will discuss the simplicity of the jelly and discover some of their specialized adaptations used to capture prey. We will learn which jellies we might encounter in the Gulf around Sanibel, which ones are safe to pick up, and why we sometimes find them blooming in masses near our shorelines. 

For kids ages 6-13. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Sea Turtles- 1 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.

Squids and Octopi- Naked Mollusks

Close relatives to snails and clams, these animals either have their shell inside their body, or have no shell at all. Squids and octopi are perhaps the most intelligent invertebrate animals, and although we can never be assured of finding one, we go on an octopus hunt, immersing ourselves in their likely haunts. We also explore the anatomy and behavior of these wonderful marine creatures. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Waves- The Motion of the Ocean

We all loves waves, whether we enjoy watching, riding, or playing in them. In this course, we explore how waves are formed and how we describe them. We learn to measure waves and, we might just try to catch a ride on one or two.

For kids ages 6-13. 

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. 

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Algae- Autotrophs of the Sea

Algae, the plants of the sea, are commonly known as seaweed. But what are they and what do they do? We learn about different types of algae, the role they play in marine ecosystems and some of the great things that we use them for, and who the big algae eaters are. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Fiddler Crabs- What's with the fiddle?

Male fiddler crabs are adorned with one extremely large claw. This claw is mostly used for communication and to attract a mate. Fiddler crabs live on still, calm shorelines, and are a fun part of the marine fauna of Southwest Florida. We explore their habitat and marvel at the sheer tonnage of mud they clean up for the estuary. 

For kids ages 6-13.

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. 

Bivalves - Two Halves of the Same Shell

Mollusks have the second highest number of species on the planet – second only to insects. And, bivalve mollusks are the most diverse of the mollusks. We learn a bit about these successful creatures and collect specimens from the beach to identify them. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

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.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Wrack Line - "Sea" What 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 note of its properties and observing some of the organisms that depend upon it. 

For kids ages 6-13. 

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Waves- The Motion of the Ocean

We all loves waves, whether we enjoy watching, riding, or playing in them. In this course, we explore how waves are formed and how we describe them. We learn to measure waves and, we might just try to catch a ride on one or two.

For kids ages 6-13. 

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

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.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Jellies - Pursuit Predators

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 98% water, it’s amazing that jellies have been swimming in our oceans for over 500 million years. We will discuss the simplicity of the jelly and discover some of their specialized adaptations used to capture prey. We will learn which jellies we might encounter in the Gulf around Sanibel, which ones are safe to pick up, and why we sometimes find them blooming in masses near our shorelines. 

For kids ages 6-13.

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. 

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.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

The Soft Intertidal Zone- Traipsing Through the Muck

Southwest Florida's shoreline is replete in soft sand and mud. The rich area between the tides is filled with plants and animals of all shapes and sizes. In this course, we muck through the mud and sand, encountering fascinating creatures up close and exploring the best of this dirty world. There's nothing better than this dirty job.

For kids ages 6-13. 

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. 

Sharks are Fish, Not Foe

Here’s where we separate truth from tale about our friends, the sharks. If we could swim with the sharks every day, we would. Sharks are misunderstood creatures and we try to set the record straight so we can all better appreciate these imperiled ocean predators. 

For kids ages 6-13.

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. 

Barrier Islands- Land Divided by the Sea

Sanibel and Captiva are barrier islands which are fascinating, dynamic environments – from their formation to the types of biological diversity they support. We learn how islands like Sanibel and Captiva are formed, how they change through time and biologically, how they are different from the mainland. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Wrack Line - "Sea" What's 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 note of its properties and observing some of the organisms that depend upon it. 

For kids ages 6-13. 

Fiddler Crabs - What's with the fiddle?

Male fiddler crabs are adorned with one extremely large claw. This claw is mostly used for communication and to attract a mate. Fiddler crabs live on still, calm shorelines, and are a fun part of the marine fauna of Southwest Florida. We explore their habitat and marvel at the sheer tonnage of mud they clean up for the estuary. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Algae - Autotrophs of the Sea

Algae, the plants of the sea, are commonly known as seaweed. But what are they and what do they do? We learn about different types of algae, the role they play in marine ecosystems and some of the great things that we use them for, and who the big algae eaters are. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Calusa- Evidence of a Lost Culture

Ages before European settlers arrived on our shores, the Calusa made their home here. We learn about these early inhabitants, how they influenced the islands, and what we think their lives might have been like. We travel to a Calusa mound to discover what they left behind, and see if we can imagine ourselves a part of this lost civilization. 

For kids ages 6-13.

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.

Waves- The Motion of the Ocean

We all loves waves, whether we enjoy watching, riding, or playing in them. In this course, we explore how waves are formed and how we describe them. We learn to measure waves and, we might just try to catch a ride on one or two.

For kids ages 6-13. 

Sharks are Fish, Not Foe

Here’s where we separate truth from tale about our friends, the sharks. If we could swim with the sharks every day, we would. Sharks are misunderstood creatures and we try to set the record straight so we can all better appreciate these imperiled ocean predators. 

For kids ages 6-13.

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.

Guided Birdwatching

A walking tour to discover the birds of South Seas Island Resort's 330-acre wildlife preserve. During this walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Birdwatching is a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

Discover Shelling

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are a shelling paradise, with hundreds of species waiting to be discovered. Join us for a beach walk to learn basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many shells wash up on our beaches, and where to look for a few of the most coveted shells. We can't guarantee you'll find a junonia, but we promise you won't leave empty-handed! 

Please Note: Shell Walks are a family-oriented program. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.

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. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Seahorses- The Ultimate Mr. Mom

Famous for their role reversal in reproduction, seahorses are arguably the coolest fish on the planet- just ask any mom. Seahorses are also masters of disguise, camouflaging themselves in our local seagrass beds. We explore their habitats and learn about their voracious appetites. And who knows, we might just find a pregnant male!

For kids ages 6-13

Mangroves- Trees that Feed the Sea

Through photosynthesis, mangroves link the sun to the sea. These salt-adapted trees capture much of the energy that drives our marine communities and provide habitat to many species of wildlife. We learn how mangroves grow in salt water and explore the rich communities they support. We slog through a mangal (the term for a mangrove forest) and experience – first-hand – the riches of this environment. 

For kids ages 6-13.

Sea Turtles - 1 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.

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.