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Sanibel Sea School Summer Camp – Ages 6-13
The Hostess with the Mostest – Gopher Tortoise Week
More than 350 species seek shelter from predators and the elements in a burrow made by none other than the gopher tortoise. These quiet excavators spend their days munching on vegetation and digging burrows averaging 15 feet long and 6.5 feet deep! Without gopher tortoise burrows, many animals like burrowing owls, indigo snakes, rabbits, and gopher frogs would be left exposed, making gopher tortoises a keystone species. This week we’re celebrating these tunneling reptiles and learning how we can help protect them. Get ready to explore their habitat for a closer look at our hometown heroes, experiment with burrow-building, and create coconut tortoise art. Of course, after all that hot work, we’ll also need some surfing, splashing, and snorkeling.
ISLAND SKILLS CAMP