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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 & 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!

 


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Courses


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

 

 

 

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.

Sea Squirts at Sundial - Ocean Education for the Little Ones (ages 4 - 6)

$36/session
Offered seasonally, Fall/ Winter 2018: Wednesdays, 9 - 11 AM
Children must be bathroom independent

Sanibel Sea School is excited to offer ocean education classes for our youngest ocean explorers. Just like our classes for the big kids, we’ll have a different theme each week that we will explore – there will be crabbing, rock flipping, and traipsing through mangrove muck. We’re going to learn about our favorite sea creatures like dolphins and sea turtles and of course, go on field trips during each class. Please check our course calendar for dates and details. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 week, 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. 

Wednesdays, 9 AM - 10:30 AM
$20/ person
Meet at Sanibel Sea School's Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Campus (1451 Middle Gulf Drive).
Please call (239) 395-7236 to register.

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.

Discover Shelling

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! 

Wednesdays, 11 AM - 1 PM
$20/ person
Meet at Sanibel Sea School's Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Campus (1451 Middle Gulf Drive).
Please call (239) 395-7236 to register.

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

Sundial Wetland Tour

Join Sanibel Sea School’s educators for a driving expedition through Sanibel’s mangrove ecosystem. We’ll hop aboard our air-conditioned vans and venture around the island to discover the flora and fauna that make up this unique natural system. You will learn about mangrove ecology, as well as the biology of the wildlife that we observe along the way. We will spend some time birdwatching, and we just might have an opportunity to see some other interesting creatures during our trip too!

Activity Level: Low
We will primarily be seated in an air-conditioned van, but will have multiple opportunities to hop out and take a closer look at some of the plants and animals along the way. We will be standing for no more than 10 minutes at a time. 

Thursdays in November - 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, and 11/29 (no program on Thanksgiving), 9 - 11 AM
$65/ person
Open to adults ages 18+ (minors may attend accompanied by a parent or guardian that is 18+).
Register online via the button below.

Paddlesports at Sanibel Sea School

Sanibel Sea School now offers guided paddlesports adventures for families and groups. There are regularly scheduled programs and private sessions available.  

WhatSUP with Nature

This program meets at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way) or Sundial Beach Resort & Spa (1451 Middle Gulf Drive). Please confirm the meeting location when you register.
Open to participants ages 16 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click the registration button below to view the current schedule.

The location of the paddle will be chosen based on the current weather and paddling conditions. Some of the places we might visit are:

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Bowman’s Beach
San Carlos Bay and The Sanibel Canals

Price: $50 per person

Experience the best Sanibel has to offer during a guided paddle through the area’s estuaries and waterways. This is a safe, easy and informative stand up paddleboarding experience, and it is an excellent choice for beginners. The paddleboarding will begin on land with an informative tutorial explaining basic technique and safety. Next, you will get out on the water. Your guide will have you standing in no time, helping you get comfortable with your new found skill. When you feel ready, you will be led along waterways that are teeming with wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, stingrays, and a variety of coastal birds. You never know what surprises the ocean will have in store!

Get Up. Stand Up. Don’t Give Up the Fight!

Meet at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa (1451 Middle Gulf Drive). Sanibel Sea School’s classroom is located next to the main pool deck.
Open to participants ages 16 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click the registration button below to view the current schedule.

This program will last between 2-3 hours, depending on traffic and program location. The location of the paddle will be chosen based on the current weather and paddling conditions. Some of the places we might visit are:

Sundial Resort
Bowman’s Beach

Price: $50 per person

In a relaxed environment, we will explore the fundamentals of stand up paddleboarding and some essential skills for staying safe on the water. We will learn paddle strokes and other techniques that will help you paddle more efficiently, allowing you to maintain your energy and enjoy longer trips. In small groups, paddlers will receive coaching tailored to their needs. There will be plenty of time to practice what you've learned and ask questions. Be prepared to work hard, get wet, and have fun while learning about the sport of stand up paddleboarding.  

Refunds

Please click here to view our Cancellation Policy.