SCCF’s Pick Preserve is part of a network of approximately 400 acres of conservation land in which SCCF, The State of Florida, and The City of Sanibel own parcels. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and The City of Sanibel cooperatively manage this land as a critical wildlife management area where public access is strictly limited. The Sanibel School has special permission to utilize the 26 acre Pick Preserve parcel to integrate environmental education into its curriculum. In a cooperative effort SCCF provides professional support for the implementation of integrating The Pick Preserve into The Sanibel School’s curriculum.
The Pick Preserve was purchased by SCCF in 1995 and is a vital link within the surrounding preserved lands enhancing the function of interior freshwater habitats, such as spartina marsh, and upland hardwood hammock communities. In the spring of 2000, through a grant from The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, an educational nature trail and a screened in teaching and learning shelter were installed in the Pick Preserve. The Sanibel School is located directly across the street from The Pick Preserve making it an ideal setting for environmental based field trips that can be integrated into all facets of curriculum. Kindergarteners on up to Eighth graders take part in experiential learning through the use of this outdoor classroom.