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  • Sea School Raises Funds for Lifesaving AEDs
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:24 PM

    Sanibel Sea School has successfully raised funds to equip each of the organization’s vehicles and boats with life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The overarching vision of the campaign was to make Sanibel a safer place by having life saving gear readily available in multiple locations each day. Using the crowdfunding platform Mightycause, 82 donors contributed a total of $12,325, exceeding the $11,000 goal.

  • Sanibel Sea School Hosts Expedition to Belize
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:16 PM

    Sanibel Sea School campers recently embarked on a ten day expedition to Belize, a small Caribbean nation located in Central America. Participants ranging from 15 to 18 years old spent three days in the rainforest before venturing to a field station on South Water Caye to explore the Belize Barrier Reef and its surrounding habitats.

  • DDWS Teacher Grants Deadline Oct. 31; Larger Grants Available
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018 2:53 PM

    The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, has announced its 13th annual round of teacher conservation grants. Up to $10,000 in grant awards are available to districts, schools, and individual teachers in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties this school year for conservation education-related projects.

  • New Vessel Delivered to Sanibel Sea School
    Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:24 PM

    Sanibel Sea School recently signed for the delivery of a new boat, called The Ripple Effect. The 25’ custom built Trident pontoon can access shallow areas that are great for wading and snorkeling, and will be used during the organization’s educational marine science programs.

  • Sea School Campers Celebrate The Calusa
    Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:18 PM

    Calusa Week, a week in celebration of the Native Americans who were the earliest known inhabitants of Florida’s southwest coast, is a favorite among Sanibel Sea School campers each summer. The Calusa were fierce, strong seafarers and their history can teach us many things about how to coexist with the sea. Participants explored their culture from various angles, retracing their footsteps to become young ocean warriors.

  • Hatchling Week for the Little Ones at Sanibel Sea School
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:17 AM

    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.

  • FISH Offering Diabetes Seminar
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 2:04 PM

    F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP, in partnership with Wendy Warner, RN, Parish Nurse at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, is offering a community presentation ‘Diabetes 101’ from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at the church.

  • FISH Seeking Donations of School Supplies
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:56 PM

    F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP is asking the community for help in making school a better place for students and teachers by the simple act of providing school supplies. Starting school with the proper school supplies promotes learning and helps keep our students engaged in school.

  • FISH Provides Nutritious Meals For Children All Year
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:45 PM

    Good nutrition is important for establishing a foundation for a child’s physical and mental health, and academic achievement. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that can threaten that critical foundation.

    The F.I.S.H. Backpack Program assists youth with food insecurity and its negative effects by providing extra food for children. While other backpack programs are only offered during the school year, F.I.S.H. offers theirs year-round.

  • Marine Worms, Rollin’ Tarpon, Expeditions for Teens at Sanibel Sea School
    Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:46 PM

    Campers at Sanibel Sea School enjoyed Rockin’ and Rollin’ Tarpon Week at the organization’s Sanibel campus last week, while others studied the fascinating world of marine worms at Canterbury School in Fort Myers. Older participants left for an expedition to the Florida Keys to explore coral reefs, and outdoor enthusiasts attended a Florida Wilderness Camp.

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 12:35 PM

    Approximately one dozen dedicated City employees were honored for their scholastic merit at the City Council meeting on Monday, July 9, at Mackenzie Hall. All of the employee-scholars are beneficiaries of the City of Sanibel’s Educational Tuition Assistance Program [ETAP].

  • Submarine Snails and Fishing at Sanibel Sea School
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:25 AM

    Campers at Sanibel Sea School recently spent a week learning about lettered olives and other super submarine snails. The organization also hosted a fishing camp for teens, offering older attendees a chance to learn waterman skills that can be enjoyed year round.

  • No Child Left On Shore Program Introduces Local Youth to Coastal Ecology
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:13 AM

    The latest “No Child Left On shore” (NCLOS) Environmental Education Outreach Project introduced Fort Myers youth, with the Quality Life Center (QLC) Summer Camp program, to the coastal ecology of Southwest Florida on a multi-faceted water borne field trip.

  • Immokalee Students Get Immersed in Back Bay Estuary Ecology
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 2:07 PM

    Middle School Students enrolled in The Immokalee Foundation’s Summer Academy Program took part in a “No Child left On Shore” Environmental Education Outreach Project Field trip. The Immokalee Foundation is dedicated to building pathways of success for the children of Immokalee.

  • Dolphins, Pufferfish, Epic Paddles at Sea School Camp
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 1:38 PM

    Sanibel Sea School’s third week of summer camp was all about Dolphins at the organization’s Canterbury School campus, while younger campers learned about pufferfish during Pea-Sized Puffer Week on Sanibel. An all-female paddling camp, called Wahine Toa Week, also challenged participants to test their limits both on and off the water.

  • 'Ding' Darling Awards Scholarships For Environmental Studies
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:00 PM

    At a special after-hours gathering at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on June 13, 2018, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) awarded $19,700 in conservation education scholarships to 15 students from the surrounding five-county area. During its 12-year history, the DDWS Environmental Scholarship Program has awarded a total of $116,700.

  • Kiwanis Club Hosts Scholarship Award Recipients
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:34 PM

    On a recent Tuesday morning the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva held a special event at the Dunes to honor students selected to receive scholarships for the 2018/19 school year. Scholarship recipients were announced, and over breakfast the students and their parents discussed with Kiwanis members their plans for future education.

  • 'Ding' Darling Refuge Welcomes Summer Education Intern
    Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:00 AM

    Education intern Emily Schwartz arrived on Tuesday, June 5 to help the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with staffing shortages this summer, thanks to funding from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge.

  • Employee Dependent Scholarship Awards Lead Off City Council Meeting
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018 5:15 PM

    Three generous community organizations, The Charitable Foundation of the Islands (CFI), the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, awarded scholarships to four deserving dependents of City employees at the City Council meeting, June 5 in Mackenzie Hall. A sizable contingent of representatives from the funding organizations was on hand to honor the recipients—Jacob Crandon, Amber Schweitzer, Hailey Upchurch and Alyssa Vetter.

  • Sanibel Sea School Hosts Community Camp Day
    Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:48 AM

    On Memorial Day, Sanibel Sea School hosted local students for the organization’s second Community Camp Day, a free day of ocean fun and learning for children ages 6-13. There was also an opportunity for older teenagers to participate as Counselors in Training. The theme of the program was sea turtles, and participants enjoyed a variety of related games and activities.

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