Between our fieldwork, education programs, conservation initiatives, and advocacy efforts, SCCF team members and volunteers are immersed in our coastal ecosystems and island community. Look for our research vessels on the water, our volunteers, scientists, and educators on the beaches, in our preserve lands, and out in the community.
You can connect with nature anytime from dawn to dusk on our 8 miles of trails that traverse Sanibel's diverse ecosystems in SCCF preserve lands.
Due to Hurricane Ian, our facilities that are currently open to the public are limited to the Native Landscapes & Garden Center at the Bailey Homestead Preserve.
Native Landscapes & Garden Center
Our Native Landscape & Garden Center sells native plants and offers landscaping and educational programs throughout the year. It's also serving as home base for our Sanibel Sea School summer camps this year.
Our public preserves offer about 8 miles of trails throughout Sanibel Island. Some trails connect with others managed by the City of Sanibel and the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, bringing the total amount of connected trails to over 12 miles.
Sanibel Sea School
In these post-Hurricane Ian times, our educators from the Sanibel Sea School are still sharing ocean love with kids, families, and groups as our east-end facility is being restored.
SCCF's Marine Lab on Tarpon Bay connects our researchers to the very water systems they are studying. We conduct research in collaboration with scientists in academia, local governments, and state agencies.