Departing McCarthy’s Marina aboard Captiva Cruises’ motor catamaran, The Playtime, the children were thrilled to observe dolphins close to the boat while cruising the waters of Pine Island Sound on the way to Cayo Costa State Park.
The Children’s Advocacy Center Summer Program participants had the opportunity to get their feet wet, explore the shoreline, and discover the diversity of marine life with Captiva Cruises/SCCF Educator Richard Finkel.
Due to a stormy afternoon, their time on the water and exploring the beach habitat was cut short, but they were excitedly talking about wanting to come back as they recounted the highlights of their field trip.
SCCF Board of Trustee member John Raho, who serves as CFO at the Children’s Advocacy Center, was thrilled to see the two organizations merge missions through the trip.
“It’s such a wonderful way to enrich how our summer program participants experience Southwest Florida. Getting out on the water and up to Cayo Costa helps them appreciate our natural world and the value of healthy ecosystems,” said Raho.
For additional information about SCCF’s and Captiva Cruises’ “No Child Left On Shore” Outreach Environmental Education Project or to sponsor a local youth group field trip, please contact Richard Finkel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (239)472-5300.