SUMMER CAMP 2019 AT canterbury school

In Summer 2019, we will partner with Canterbury School to offer ocean-themed, field-based summer camps in Fort Myers. Canterbury School will be our home base, and Sanibel Sea School and Canterbury educators and counselors will transport campers to beach locations each day to experience the ocean. We’ll spend time on the bay and in the Gulf, and visit locations on the mainland and our local barrier islands. We’ll learn a little marine biology in the best way possible – hands on! We’ll have the opportunity to observe some of our favorite sea creatures in Canterbury’s marine lab, all while creating lasting friendships and memories around the ocean. 

Each week of camp has its own theme and activities, and there are things we do every day in camp. We surf each day, and our famous Surf Paddling Competition is held each Friday. In Sanibel Sea School style, every day includes surfing, friendship, macramé, and team bonding. Then there’s always artwork, journaling, beach time, seining and snorkeling. Our “Milk and Cookies Slideshow” takes place every Friday at 3:30 PM. Bring some delicious baked goodies and join us to experience your child’s week of camp. 

We keep the size of our camps small and the meaningful experiences big. Typically, the camper to teacher ratio is less than 6 to 1.

Our summer programs at Canterbury School are open to the public. 

Looking for Summer Camp at Sanibel or Summer Camp at Sundial?

Island skills camp at canterbury school

June 10-14, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bright and Brainy Dolphin Calves Week

$350, rising grades PreK4 - 1

Dolphins are known to be some of the most playful mammals in the ocean and they are also among some of the most intelligent. Just like us, dolphin calves start learning from their parents at a very young age and love to practice their skills and have a whale of a time doing it! This week we’re going to learn new skills and get playful just like our dolphin friends. We’re going to form our own pods, flip and flop around in the water like dolphins do, and work on our baby dolphin calls to Mama. We’ll work together like dolphins to catch some fish in seines and play the classic echolocation version of Marco Polo – with a twist this time! Come join us for some playful fun and some learning too!

June 17-21, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fins Up! Sharks and Fishes Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

Step right up Sea School, it’s the battle of the fishes! Sharks vs. Fish, Fish vs. Sharks – who will reign supreme? But wait, aren’t sharks just fish anyway? The difference lies in their skeleton and true fish are just a little more bony than the sharks. Does that make fish tougher or do the sharks’ extra senses make them more keen on the environment around them? We’ll be sure to compare and contrast all of the attributes of these finned fish and let you decide for yourself! And you know the best way to compare anatomy? A dissection (or two!) of course! This week will be jam packed with fishy science and sharky fun, so come swim with us and get in on the action!

June 24-28, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Giggle with the Gulls Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

Ever hear something on the beach that sounds like someone is just having a good ol’ cackle that gets louder and louder? Well, it might be the guy down the beach having a great time, but more than likely it is the most vociferous beach bird out there – the laughing gull! Aptly named, this familiar gull always seems to be having a conversation or a laugh with its fellow feathered friends. Laughing gulls and so many other birds use vocalization to communicate with each other. This week we’re going to laugh our way into these communication systems and learn how different species use different communication styles to their advantage. We’ll feel sound vibrations, play some games that require communication as a team, and make some laughing gull crafts using some neat natural materials we find. If you hear some laughing on the beach this week, it might be the gulls, or it might be Sanibel Sea School!

July 1-3, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Queen Kaleidoscope Octopus Week

$350, rising grades PreK4 - 1

The pygmy octopus is the queen of camouflage – she can go from blending in with the sandy seafloor to a kaleidoscopic cephalopod in the blink of an eye! The Queen is magic you see, her eight arms are bedazzled with color changing cells she can activate at lightning speed, which is sure to confuse the unsuspecting fish! This week will be a celebration of colors and camouflage – the octopus’ best characteristics! What better way to learn about colors than to mix them and play with them and make the most magical marine mural. We’ll play some games of octo-hide-and-seek to see if we can be stealthy and hide like the Queen octopus can. This week is sure to be bursting with color and fun!

July 8-12, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Not Your Average Shrimp Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

Ever wonder what it’s like to be able to see colors beyond those of the rainbow? This week we’re going to uncover the mystery of the eyeball and how it perceives light as vision. There’s no better creature to study vision with than our friend the mantis shrimp who has some of the most complex vision out there! Two bulging stalked eyes hold powerful photoreceptors that can perceive light that spans almost the entire light spectrum! We’ll be sure to dive into that light spectrum to see where we fall as compared to these stellar stomatopods. We’ll also dissect an eyeball to see the structures that make vision happen and look at optical illusions to see how our brain can play tricks on us! Get ready for a visually exciting week that will also be full of surfing and rainbow macramé!

July 15-19, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hungry Hungry Sea Star Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

Imagine a voracious predator creeping across the seafloor in the darkness of the night, sensing the odoriferous emissions of its prey, and ATTACK! It ambushes then engulfs the prey in its mouth and revels in the tasty morsel and success of the hunt. Did you think we were talking about a shark? Actually, this predator is a 9-armed sea star – who would have thought?! Despite lacking a backbone and complex eyes, this subtidal hunter can use special receptors to “smell” its prey. We’re going to explore some different predator and prey relationships this week and learn how they use their senses to navigate their encounters. We’ll test out our own senses and play some predator prey tag on the beach!

July 22-26, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Snap Your Fingers, Snappy Shrimp Week!

$350, rising grades PreK4 - 1

Click, click, snap, snap! Hey there, have a listen! Put an ear down to the water! What you are hearing is the percussive song of the snapping shrimp! You’ll often hear these dainty drummers before you see them because they like to hide in the cracks and crevices on the sea floor. This week we’ll explore the properties of sound and learn how snapping shrimp and other animals use it for communication. We’ll play with sound waves and of course surf the waves in the Gulf of Mexico! We may be tiny shrimp but this week we’re going to get LOUD.

Camps for Teens at Canterbury School

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Offered Weekly

$210, rising grades 8-12

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is for kids 13 and older who would like to reach their leadership potential.

This program is designed to teach older campers the skills of leadership for their future success. CITs are a vital link between our younger campers and the counselors in our programs. Through theory and practice, we teach our CITs how to be leaders and positive role models to those around them. We assign duties and create and maintain performance expectations for these young adult leaders. We treat them with gentleness, love and respect, but show them how to carry out the responsibilities they are now capable of and how to use their abilities to become excellent role models. On any given day, it is hard to tell who is having more fun, the campers or the CITs.

CITs arrive one hour prior to the start of camp and leave one hour after the camp day ends. CITs arrive at 7:30 AM on Mondays.

June 10-14, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


$400, rising grades 5-8

Fishing is an exciting and rewarding pursuit that helps us connect with and develop a deep understanding of ocean ecosystems. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times when it wasn’t just a sport but a means of survival. We’re going to spend the week exploring all things fishing with Sanibel Sea School’s marine science educators. We’ll teach campers the basic skills required to start fishing on their own and the biology behind where and when to catch that prized fish. This week we’ll learn fishing 4 ways – we will use our seine nets and cast nets, along with regular rod and reel fishing, and even spend a little time with a fly rod.

June 24-28, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Stand Up Paddleboarding

$400, rising grades 7-9

Do you ever wonder why you stand up on a boat to get a better look at something? It’s amazing how much you can observe by standing on top of the water! This week we’re going to observe and study wildlife in the bay, in the canals, and around the mangroves all atop stand-up paddleboards. Sanibel Sea School educators will teach campers the basics of paddleboarding and give them the skills needed to properly, safely paddle – we’ll cover basic strokes and techniques and maybe even have some SUP races! Join us for a week of wildlife, paddling fun, and adventure.


We're so excited for your kids to join us for the best summer ever! Registration for our camp programs at Canterbury School are processed through Canterbury's system. For assistance, please contact Rita Salgado, Director of Summer Programs at (239) 481-4323, ext. 208.