2019 - 2020 After School Programs


After School Fishing

Fishing is an exciting and rewarding hobby that helps people connect with nature. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times, when it wasn’t a hobby but a means of survival. We will learn about the history and advancement of fishing, the basic skills required to start fishing on your own, and some of the habits and preferences of the creatures we pursue. If we’re lucky, we may even get to bend a rod!

Open to students ages 8-13, cost is $20 per student per session. Receive a $5 discount when you register for all four sessions.

Fall 2019
3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th

September 3rd: Seining & Cast Netting
The Calusa did it and now so can you! Seining is a fantastic form of net fishing, so come learn how to do it with Sanibel Sea School. We’ll seine in seagrass beds and other habitats. Potential creature features include: seahorses, pipe fish, comb jellies, pin fish, and crabs galore! After seining, we’ll move on to cast netting. Instead of pulling nets, we’ll launch them into the air.

September 10th: Fly Tying
Did you know you can create a crab from feathers? Or a fish from deer hair? For years, fly fishers have been masters of trickery – luring in wild creatures with their ties. Come learn how to tie flies with local experts, including fly designer and author Drew Chicone! View some of his work on Instagram @drchicone.

September 17th: Knot Tying*
Every great fisher person needs to have a few basic knots. We'll learn to tie the knots that will last a lifetime of fishing, and help ensure success when something tugs on your line. Join us for an afternoon of tying with none other than the old knot himself, Doc Bruce!

*Please note that this session theme has changed since we announced the schedule.

September 24th: Spin Fishing
Fishing is an exciting and rewarding pursuit that helps us connect with and develop a deep understanding of ocean ecosystems. We’re going to explore all things spin fishing in this class. Students will learn the basic skills required to start fishing on their own and the biology behind where and when to catch that prized fish. Will we outsmart a snook? Or maybe take on a spotted sea trout? You’ll have to join us to find out!


After School STEM

Let’s enter the world of magnets! In this unit, we will investigate forces that attract or repel. Through experimentation and hands-on activities, we’ll discover the difference between natural, electromagnetic, temporary, and permanent magnets.

Open to students ages 6-13, cost is $20 per student per session. Receive a $5 discount when you register for all four sessions.

Fall 2019
3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd

October 1st: What is Magnetism?
Magnetism is a physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge. Every magnet has a positive pole (north) and negative pole (south), which create a magnetic field around the magnet. What better way to explore these forces than by making everyone’s favorite ooey gooey substance – slime – but this time with a magic magnetic twist!

October 8th: Electromagnets
Electromagnets are magnets that run on electricity. The strength of the magnet is controlled by the amount of electricity running through it. Electromagnets are found all around us – in doorbells, phones, radios, computers, and fire alarms! Join us to explore how they function and create our very own trains powered by electromagnetism.  

October 15th: Magnets in Motion
Let’s convert magnetism to mechanical energy. Because of the attraction and repulsion between magnets, one magnet has enough force to push another magnet along a track without actually touching it. When two ‘like-ends’ of a magnet face each other, they are repulsed, which causes them to move apart. We’re going to create our own mazes and use the repelling forces of magnets to navigate through them. Will you lead a rocket to the moon or a clownfish to its anemone? Come join us for an a-maze-ing class.

October 22nd: Compasses – Natural & Man Made
Did you know that Earth is one big, giant magnet?! Earth’s inner and outer core repel and create a spinning magnetic field with positive and negative ends. There is magnetic force flowing from the North Pole to the South Pole! Compasses work by interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field, attracting the “north” end of the compass magnet to the North Pole of the Earth and the “south” end of the magnet to the South Pole of the Earth. Before technology, a compass was the only tool we had to explore both land and sea. In this class, we’ll learn how to read a compass and then use one to complete a scavenger hunt!

After School Ocean Art

At Sanibel Sea School, we love to make art using natural materials. We'll get creative and use everything from shells to coconuts to make some beautiful art pieces to take home or give as gifts this holiday season. We will supply all of the art materials needed for the class and our instructors will guide the students through a new ocean-inspired art project each week. Join us just once or for the entire series!

Open to students ages 6-13, cost is $20 per student per session. Receive a $5 discount when you register for all four sessions.

Winter 2019
3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays October 29th, November 5th, 12th, and 19th

More details coming soon!

Also coming soon:

January 2020 - After School Survival Skills

February 2020 - After School STEM (Engineering Challenges)

March 2020 - After School Ocean Art

April 2020 - After School Gheenoe Paddling