2019 - 2020 After School Programs

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

10/29: Coconut Candles

10/29: Coconut Candles

11/5: Palm Frond Weaving

11/5: Palm Frond Weaving

11/12: Natural Mosaics

11/12: Natural Mosaics

11/19: Holiday Ornaments

11/19: Holiday Ornaments


After School Survival Skills

Ahoy, matey! It seems as though we have been marooned on a deserted island after our ship has wrecked at sea. Luckily, we have a few things from our ship. Before we make any moves, we must STOP: Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan! Together we’ll learn survival skills and techniques to keep us alive on an island – or anywhere else. In order of priority we must: find drinking water, construct a shelter, build a fire, and find a food source. Open to students ages 6-13, cost is $20 per student per session.

3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays January 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th

January 14th – The Quest for H20
Water is the highest priority when it comes to survival! Our bodies can survive weeks without food but only 3 or 4 days without water. We’ll ponder where we might find fresh water on an island, however, not all islands have fresh water. We’ll experiment with some alternatives – collecting rainwater and building solar water stills. Is the water we find or collect safe to drink? We’ll learn techniques to purify it.

January 21st - Shelter Building
To protect ourselves from the harsh conditions on our island, we must build a shelter. We will scout the island in search of the best place to build a shelter using natural materials gathered along the way and some tools scavenged from our ship’s wreckage. We’ll learn techniques and build our own lean-to shelter and a teepee!

January 28th - Fire Starting
Fire is an important tool for survival, including keeping bugs away and signaling for help. We will learn the science behind combustion reactions, how to build a fire, how to start a fire, and (most importantly!) how to put out a fire. 

February 4th - Coconuts, the Ultimate Survival Drupe 
Now that we have solved the water, shelter, and fire challenges, we're feeling hungry - let’s think about food. Have no fear, coconuts are here! We will go on an adventure in search of coconuts to open and eat as we discuss their many uses. Food, drink, rope, kindle; you name it – coconuts can make it.


After School STEM: Engineering Challenges

This series will challenge students to think critically and solve real world problems. We will utilize hands-on activities to solve engineering problems centered around the ocean and the life within it. Students will work in teams, with limited supplies, to solve engineering problems. Open to students ages 6-13, cost is $20 per student per session.

3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays February 11th, 18th, 25th, March 3rd

February 11th
PROJECT: Hurricane House
Hurricanes threaten coastal communities every year. They bring strong winds, storm surge flooding, heavy rainfall, and tornadoes. When building houses in tropical areas, engineers take hurricanes into consideration; they are built on stilts, equipped with hurricane shutters, or made of concrete to combat the effects of violent weather. This week, we will design and construct model homes and test them against the elements!

February 18th
PROJECT: Boat Float
When an object enters water, two forces act upon it: gravity downward, and buoyancy upward. Combined, these forces are the reason a huge cruise ship floats, but a tiny penny sinks. After learning why things float, we’ll design and construct our own boats and test their buoyancy. Can your boat stand up to the challenge?

February 25th
PROJECT: Cleanup Crew
When oil is spilled into the ocean, it is especially tricky to clean up. Special teams of animal care and water quality experts rush to the scene to help minimize the damage and clean up the oil as quickly as possible. Solving the engineering challenge of oil spills is going to require a special set of skills and materials. In this class, we will simulate a mini oil spill! Join our team and save the day!

March 3rd
PROJECT: Taking Flight
Flying seems easy when you watch birds or airplanes, but there are many key forces that allow something to fly. The four principles of flight are: lift, thrust, drag, and weight. Keeping these four principles in mind, we’ll make our own gliders and test their flight. Come fly with us after school!


After School Seashell Art

Art, like a seashell, is beautiful and unique with a story to tell. At Sanibel Sea School, we love to make art using natural materials. Seashells are one of our favorites and they’ve been used to make art for centuries. Several North American tribes made beads, called wampum, from clam shells. The Calusa used shells to make jewelry and ornaments for their shrines. Today, sea shells are used to create masterpiece mosaics or sculptures. Come tell your own story with us as we make beautiful pieces of art from shells. We will supply all of the materials needed for the class and our instructors will guide us through a new shell-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.

3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays March 24th, 31st, April 7th, 14th

March 24th - Wampum
We will scout the beach to find quahogs and other thick shells to create wampum. Using tools, some primitive and some advanced, we’ll create beautiful beads to take home.

March 31st - Mosaics
A mosaic is a piece of art or image made by assembling small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It turns out, shells are pretty great materials too. In this class, we’ll make a shell mosaic. Your instructor will help you select shells for your design.

April 7th - Shell Jewelry
It’s time to get all shelled up. In this class, we’ll make necklaces and bracelets using shells.

April 14th - Shell Shrines
Calusa would incorporate shells onto shrines they built to pay homage to things that were important to them. This week, you will build a shell shrine to represent something important to you. Come tell your story through art with us!


After School Canoeing

Canoeing is one of Sea School’s all-time favorite traditions. We channel our inner Calusa as our paddles glide through the water in unison! Teamwork, self-reliance, and a sense of accomplishment is achieved all while having fun on the water. Join us for unforgettable afternoon adventures while we learn and hone several paddling strokes that will allow us to be better paddlers! Open to students ages 6-13, cost is $20 per student per session.

3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way)
Tuesdays April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th

April 21st - Introduction to Paddles and Canoes
We will get our sea legs ready in this class as we learn what the parts of a canoe are, a little history of these vessels, where best to sit, and how to stay safe on the water.

April 28th - Basics of Paddling Strokes and Steering the Canoe
Now that we’ve gotten used to being in a canoe, we’ll learn the proper paddling techniques and how to turn the boat. We might even teach you a couple of sea school’s favorite cadence songs to help us keep rhythm.

May 5th - Loading the Canoe
Another important part of canoeing is learning how to load and transport your vessel. We’ll learn techniques and knots to keep the canoes secure in transit. Then, we will learn how to pack things in a canoe so that is it stable on the water.

May 12th - Swamping and Righting a Swamped Canoe
Even the best paddlers flip their boats… This week, we’ll have fun swamping our canoes and learning the best techniques to right it and get ourselves back on board.