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Sanibel Programs


Learn about ocean activities for kids, adults, and families at our Sanibel campus.

 

 

 

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Sanibel Programs


Learn about ocean activities for kids, adults, and families at our Sanibel campus.

 

 

 

Marine Conservation Through Experiential Education

There's nothing better than a day of discovery on the ocean. Come get your feet wet with us as we explore Sanibel's unique marine habitats. Maybe we'll find a seahorse in the seagrass, spot a manatee or two, or discover some tiny creatures that live between the grains of sand. You're sure to leave Sanibel Sea School with ocean memories that will last a lifetime!


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Courses


Our courses for children include fun activities like snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and fishing.

 

 

Courses


Our courses for children include fun activities like snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and fishing.

 

 

Sanibel Courses (ages 6 – 13)

Come and enjoy the best part of your vacation and perhaps one of the best experiences you've ever had!

Our day courses have space for up to 12 students. On rare occasions, we add resources to accommodate a maximum of 24 students. Interns and volunteers assist educators in the classroom and in the field from time to time.

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 deli lunch may be purchased. Children with special dietary needs should bring additional or alternative sustenance.

Looking for learning opportunities the whole family can enjoy? Click here to learn more. 

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 - Ocean Education for the Little Ones (ages 4 - 6)

$36/session
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. 

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.

 

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Fees

Full-day, no lunch $110
Half-day, no lunch $55

Refund policy: Please click here to view our Day Program Cancellation Policy. 

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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Adult Programs


Whether you're interested in fishing, birding, or learning about marine biology, we offer an activity for everyone.

 

 

 

 

Adult Programs


Whether you're interested in fishing, birding, or learning about marine biology, we offer an activity for everyone.

 

 

 

 

Sanibel Sea School Lifers: Ocean Discovery for Adults

Learning is a lifelong journey that feeds our curiosity and nourishes the mind and soul. As adults, the school years are over for most of us, but our desire to know more about the world around us persists. At Sanibel Sea School, we believe learning is at its best when it is enjoyable, locally and culturally relevant, and tied to meaningful experiences. We invite you to come along with us as we explore some very timely and thought-provoking ocean subjects  – welcome to Sanibel Sea School Lifers! 

SX3 Lifers courses are open to students ages 18 and up. Students who are 15 and older may register if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. 

Please check back for updates about our 2019-2020 programs for adults.

We also offer customizable programs for groups and families of all ages!


Boat Trips for Adults

Climb aboard and take an in-depth, scientific look at our local ecosystems and creatures with Sanibel Sea School’s marine science educators. This year, our boat-based courses will take place from the comfort of our brand-new pontoon boat, The Ripple Effect, which provides comfortable seating, a roof, and a smooth ride for up to 12 adults. 

Activity Level: Low
Participants will board the boat from the Sanibel Causeway, which requires one big step up (approximately 2’), and will remain seated on our vessel for the duration of the trip.

Upcoming boat trips will be announced here. Please check back soon for more information or email info@sanibelseaschool.org for more information about private boat trips.

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Families and Groups


Activities for families, friends, school groups, and more!

 

 

Families and Groups


Activities for families, friends, school groups, and more!

 

 

We offer customizable ocean experiences for families, school groups, homeschool groups, corporate groups and more. To learn more and arrange a session, contact us at 239-472-8585 or info@sanibelseaschool.org.


Families

Land-based Private Programs

Land-based private programs at Sanibel Sea School can be fully customized to suit your group’s ages, interests, and desired level of activity. One of our marine science educators will lead you into Sanibel’s unique ecosystems for a field-based ocean experience. Choose from topics like dolphins, seagrass, mangroves, wading birds, and more! Where else can you learn to cast a net, hold a tiny seahorse, or come face to face with the amazing creatures that inhabit our sandbars – sometimes all in one day! All ages are welcome, children under 4 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Land-based private programs are 2 hours long and cost $60 per person (2 person minimum). 

Boat-based Private Programs

Boat-based private programs with one of Sanibel Sea School's marine science educators provide an opportunity for your family or group to explore pristine areas of Sanibel's surrounding waters that are not accessible by land. 

This trip can be fully customized to suit your group members' ages and interests. In addition to an overview of barrier island ecology, topics may include mangrove forests, sandbars, estuaries, and more. We frequently encounter dolphins, manatees, live shells, and many bird species, and your captain will share his or her vast knowledge of our area and the creatures that inhabit it along the way. 

We suggest that you book this type of program 1 or more months in advance to allow sufficient time for planning. 

Boat Private for up to 6 people: $400

Boat Private for more than 6 people: $400, plus $50 for each additional participant up to 12 participants

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. Please click here, or call (239) 472-8585 or email info@sanibelseaschool.org for more information. 

Birdwatching

Each Thursday morning, we offer a walking tour to discover the birds of Sanibel Island's East End. During the walk we discuss basic bird biology and behaviors, as well as learn how to identify the birds we encounter. 

Thursdays, 9 AM - 10:30 AM*
$20/ person
Meet at Sanibel Sea School's Flagship Campus (455 Periwinkle Way).
Please call (239) 472-8585 to register.
*Ending April 25th. Please see the description below about our new Discover Beachcombing walks! 

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! 

Thursdays, 11 AM - 1 PM*
$20/ person
Meet at Sanibel Sea School's Flagship Campus (455 Periwinkle Way).
Please call (239) 472-8585 to register.
*Ending April 25th. Please see the description below about our new Discover Beachcombing walks! 

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.

Beginning in May 2019: Discover Beachcombing

Sanibel Island offers world-class beachcombing, birding, and wildlife watching opportunities. There is so much waiting to be discovered here! Join our knowledgeable marine science educators for a casual guided beach walk to explore what's washed ashore. We will talk about some of the more mysterious objects we find on the beach, look for interesting animals, and learn a little bit of shell biology. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you might have along the way. No two beach walks are ever the same – the sea has a way of surprising us! 

Other Groups

Let us help you plan the perfect ocean experience for your school group, homeschool group, corporate event, or anything else you have in mind. Call (239) 472-8585 to schedule your session today. 

School Groups

Please call us to learn more about program options and pricing.

Homeschool at Sea

We are happy to provide science-based education for homeschool families and co-ops. Please give us a call to begin the process of arranging the curriculum, dates and prices.

A homeschool package consists of five or more 2.5 hour courses tailored specifically to your students. There is a curriculum development fee of $75, and the program cost is $75 per course for 10 students or less, or $150 per course for 10-20 students. 

Other Groups

Please call us to learn more about program options and pricing.

Refunds

Please click here to view our Cancellation Policy. 

Course Descriptions

Click here to download a PDF of our course descriptions. 

Scholarship Programs

We have a commitment to those who otherwise wouldn't experience the ocean. Currently, Sanibel Sea School has partnerships with the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, the Pace Center for Girls, Child Care of Southwest Florida, the Heights Foundation, and Pine Manor Improvement Association to offer unique outdoor learning experiences to local underprivileged children. Once a month or more, we meet with kids from these organizations to help them build confidence and gain an appreciation for science while exploring Sanibel’s diverse barrier island habitats with us.

Sanibel Sea School also offers tuition assistance to many island families throughout the year, whose children would otherwise be unable to attend summer camps and other programs. If you are concerned that your child may not be able to participate in one of our programs due to cost, please contact us for more information.