A group of tiny campers, ages 4-6, recently attended Hatchling Week at Sanibel Sea School. The week was dedicated to learning about baby animals that begin life in an egg – like shorebirds, sea turtles, and alligators. Participants had fun building nests, playing games, and celebrating some of Sanibel’s cutest creatures.

Hatchling campers played a matching game to identify different types of animal eggs, screeched like young alligators calling for their mamas during an exciting round of Hide and Seek Gator, and ran an egg and spoon relay race.

Sea turtle hatchlings must emerge from their nests and make a short but challenging journey to the sea, so campers played “Escape to the Sea” to find out what that must be like. They also made egg art, tested different ways to protect eggs from breaking, went snorkeling, and looked at fish eggs under a microscope.

As usual, there was also plenty of surfboard paddling, macramé tying, and time spent with camp friends. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org