Founded in 1967, SCCF's mission is to protect and care for Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems through our focus on Water Quality Research, Policy and Advocacy, Sea Turtles and Shorebirds, Native Landscaping, Habitat and Wildlife Management, and Environmental Education.
Thanks to the efforts of many who came before us, we are the largest private landowner on Sanibel Island, managing more than 1,800 acres on Sanibel plus more than 300 additional acres on surrounding islands, South Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.
Over the last 55 years, SCCF's diverse program areas have grown to include a Marine Laboratory, the Sanibel Sea School, and Coastal Watch.
To protect and care for Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems.
A Southwest Florida where wildlife and natural habitats exist in harmony with people and are protected by science-based policies.
Protecting & Caring
Our founders saw the need to preserve Sanibel's unique freshwater interior, setting forth a conservation ethic that defines our islands.
Our Marine Laboratory conducts research on subjects like seagrass, mangroves, harmful algal blooms, and shellfish. The lab also oversees a next-generation water quality sensor network throughout the Caloosahatchee.
Preserve the Land
We manage over 2,100 acres of land, including critical wildlife habitats. Many of these areas would’ve been lost to development, either directly or by fragmentation of habitat. SCCF's Coastal Watch helps us keep our land clean through volunteer-led mangrove plantings, oyster restoration, and beach litter cleanups, and our 8 miles of public trails allow you to explore the amazing diversity of Sanibel’s interior habitats that make it one of the most unique barrier islands in the world.
SCCF's Sanibel Sea School offers environmentally focused weekly camps, daily and after-school programs, outreach activities, and more for children and adults. Our Native Landscape & Garden Center sells native plants and offers landscaping and educational programs throughout the year.
Our staff get out in the community to advocate for science-based environmental policy throughout Florida. We promote enhanced coastal resilience among our government and business partners and stakeholders.
SCCF has robust monitoring and research programs for sea turtles, shorebirds, and aquatic wildlife.