Online Learning

SCCF offers various online resources aligned with our vision of a Southwest Florida where wildlife and natural habitats exist in harmony with people and are protected by science-based policies.

Launched in 2012, the River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) is unique in Florida. Visit RECON for water quality and conditions in real-time. Sensors deployed throughout the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary provide cutting-edge data that scientists, policymakers, and the general public can easily access.

In true Sanibel-Captiva spirit, learn best practices to respectfully co-exist with sea turtles, shorebirds, and sharks. Then, share that knowledge with family and friends.  

The weekly water conditions tracker provides a quick snapshot of conditions around Sanibel and Captiva Islands. It also gives insight into how the complex and dynamic system of the Caloosahatchee estuary works by distilling scientific information in a simple and easy-to-understand way.

Explore the rich diversity of plant life on Sanibel & Captiva! Check out our database organized by scientific name, family, common name, or plant type. Created by SCCF's long-standing group of amateur botanists, the Weeds 'n Seeds' lists are extensive, including native as well as non-native species.

On a virtual tour of Lighthouse Beach Park, you can see how the water clarity at this location is influenced over time. We take weekly panoramic images with a drone 300 feet in the air to see where the frontal zone of the Caloosahatchee River meets with the Gulf of Mexico.

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