At SCCF, we see the big picture of conservation. Our work touches all parts of the ecosystem, including humans themselves, because we understand that the future of Southwest Florida’s natural environment is deeply interconnected to our collective actions. Through science, education, and advocacy, we aim to protect and preserve our rich coastal resources.
SCCF has robust monitoring and research programs for sea turtles, shorebirds, and aquatic wildlife.
Monitor Water Quality
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.