Sanibel Sea School Shares Ocean Magic with Boys & Girls Club
Since the beginning of June, Sanibel Sea School has shared meaningful ocean learning experiences with over 200 campers from the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County’s Park Meadows facility. Each week had a different topic of focus with both a field trip and hands-on learning. Topics included dolphins, crabs, mollusks, and plankton!
“There were many firsts for these campers this summer and we’re so humbled to have shared this with them,” said Marine Science Educator Brianna Machuga. “First time canoeing, first time using a microscope, first time surfing, and for some — first time in the sea!”
On one of the field trips, Sanibel Sea School brought out their brand-new SEA (Science Experiments & Activities) Lab, which teaches the joys of marine science on-the-go! The SEA Lab is equipped with microscopes, a smart TV, touch tank, and a variety of lab equipment for fun, experiential learning for all ages.
During the field trip, students used a plankton tow off the causeway and then looked at their samples in the lab under a microscope.
“They were shocked at how much life existed in just one teeny tiny drop of water,” remarked Marine Science Educator Tiara Burton. “It was so cool using the microscopes while the salty ocean breeze floated through the trailer, all the while listening to the crashing waves. It was a sensory overload in the best way!”
Sanibel Sea School is committed to programming for those who wouldn’t otherwise experience the ocean. There are thousands of underserved children in our region who, despite living just miles from the coast, rarely have a chance to interact with it in a meaningful way.
These field trips were a part of the school’s ongoing outreach effort: A Chance to Sea. If you would like to support this effort, please click here or email email@example.com.
Photos by Shane Antalick