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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Crabs - Crazy 10 Legged Creatures

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

Guided Bird Watching

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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 Bird Walk

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

For kids ages 6-13.

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Osprey - Master Fishermen of the Sky. 

Excellent fishermen, Ospreys spot their prey from high above the water, then dive to snatch it from the ocean with specialized talons.  We watch Ospreys in action and examine some of the adaptations that better allow for their way of life.  It’s hard to believe they were once very, very rare.  We also study this important conservation success story. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jellies – Pursuit Predators.

With a body that lacks advanced organs and is 95% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.