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Sundial Programs


Activities for kids and families at our Sundial Beach Resort and Spa campus on the beach.

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Sundial Programs


Activities for kids and families at our Sundial Beach Resort and Spa campus on the beach.

Come love the ocean with us.

Our Sundial campus is located at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, with access to Sanibel's beautiful Middle Gulf Drive beaches just footsteps away. There are so many habitats to explore and creatures to discover nearby!

With a unique hands-on curriculum of half-day and full-day courses for kids where every day is a field trip, and customized sessions for private family groups, it’s an ideal place from which to explore the vibrant ecosystems of Sanibel Island.  Find us poolside, next to the Slice of Paradice pizza shop. 

 

Click here to learn about our new summer camp programs in partnership with Sundial Resort and Spa!

 


Looking for programs at Sanibel or South Seas?

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Courses


Explore the beach with us. Learn more about our activities for children and families here.

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Courses


Explore the beach with us. Learn more about our activities for children and families here.

Sundial Courses (ages 6 – 13)

Come and enjoy the best part of your vacation and perhaps one of the best experiences you've ever had!

Typically, 20 or fewer students per day are enrolled in our courses. Students are divided into groups of approximately 10 students per adult lead educator. Interns and volunteers assist educators in the classroom and in the field.

Each day, two subjects of study are offered. The first is covered in the morning, and the second in the afternoon following lunch. At the end of each course, every student receives a Certificate of Mastery that outlines what we accomplished.

Lunch: We take a break and enjoy lunch in-between the morning and afternoon courses. If you’re unable to bring a lunch, a basic lunch may be purchased from the resort. Children with special dietary needs should bring additional or alternative sustenance.

Please note: our course calendars are published at least one month in advance - the March calendar is posted by January 31st, April calendar is posted February 28th, etc.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunblock (we ask that you do not bring sunblock in a spray bottle - it gets in eyes, can ruin equipment and clothing, and isn't great for the environment)
  • Hat 
  • Wading shoes* 
  • Bug repellent 
  • Towel 
  • A bag for shells or fossils, if you'd like
  • Jacket if you easily get chilled in a light wind

Don't bring disposable water bottles: Single-use disposable water bottles are a real problem for our planet. We don't allow these types of water bottles on our campuses. The islands of Sanibel and Captiva have great drinking water. We can provide you with a loaner reusable water bottle, or you can purchase one from us to help remind you of your time with us. In your day-to-day life, please find ways to reduce the use of single-use disposable water bottles.

 

 

Fees

Full-day, no lunch $110
Half-day, no lunch $55

Refund policy: Please click here to view our Day Program Cancellation Policy. 

Course Descriptions

Click here to download a PDF of our course descriptions. 

*Flip-flops and slip-on sandals are not great shoes for wading, because they often fall off in the water. We recommend shoes that are specifically designed to get wet, with a heel and toe that fit snugly over the foot. 

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Other Programs


We have so much ocean fun in store at our Sundial campus.

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Other Programs


We have so much ocean fun in store at our Sundial campus.

Families and Groups

Click here to learn more about our customizable ocean exploration opportunities for families and groups. 

Birdwatching

Each Friday morning, we offer a walking tour to discover the birds of Sundial Resort's beachfront property. During the walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

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

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fees: $15 per person,  binocular rentals $5

Shell Walk

Sanibel is 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.

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fees: $20 per person, click here to register online

Refunds

Please click here to view our Cancellation Policy.