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Become a Shell Ambassador!

Shell Ambassador

A New Way to Volunteer: Hit the Beach as a Shell Ambassador

It isn’t exactly a uniform, but the bright blue shirts and hats with yellow lettering identify the newest category of volunteers for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum: Shell Ambassadors. When volunteers wear their Ambassador apparel to the beach, they’ll not only be enjoying the surf, sun, and shells, they’ll also be available to answer questions and identify shells.  » Read more

A Traveling Science Center!



In conjunction with the visiting Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit at “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Oct. 28 through Dec. 8, 2016, WaterVentures Florida’s Learning Lab will make a one-day stop on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

The 53-foot traveling science center features engaging activities that offer a hands-on look at Florida’s diverse watersheds, water conservation, and recycling, with the goal of inspiring critical thinking and empowering kids and adults to make a difference in the world around them.  » Read more

Point, Click, Win!

2015 First Place Winner

2015 First Place Winner: Kent Jager, Sanibel Island — White Pelican

Calling all nature lover photographers! We’re excited to share that the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society’s Amateur Photography Contest is now open to receive your favorite photos. Browse your favorite angles and close ups of the wildlife and nature taken at the refuge within the last two years. Submit your photo or two and entry form no later than 4 p.m.  » Read more

Lucky Kids!

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This recent article in the “Island Reporter” by Brian Wierima caught our eye. What lucky kids!

It can be a challenge for parents to find ways to keep their children busy during the summer vacation months, but the San-Cap Optimist Club, along with the Sanibel Recreation Center, is helping out in a big way.

Ever since early June, volunteers from the San-Cap Optimist Club have brought up to 15-20 Sanibel students fishing around the island every Monday morning,  » Read more

A Feather for Heather

Great news! Our star golfer, Heather Ciskowski, is headed to the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, August 3-7, 2016 in Springfield, PA.

The soon-to-be junior at the University of Minnesota and member of the Ocean’s Reach owner family has earned her first trip to the Amateur with a round of 74, after winning the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Four-Ball Championship with Gopher teammate Sabrine Garrison.

The Minnesota Golf Association writes,  » Read more

Shell Emergency!

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Thanks to our friends at the “Island Sun” for this shell-worthy bulletin!

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel needs shells. Not the world-record-sized or rare and perfect specimens on view in the museum, but the kinds of shells anyone can find on our local beaches on any given day. Why this “shell emergency?” The daily Shell Crafting programs are so popular that the museum is running low.  » Read more

Sanibel Loves a Parade!

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Our Sanibel Independence Day Parade is a blast! Filled with patriotism, family fun and loads of tradition, we thought we’d share a few photos from this year’s holiday event. If you haven’t seen or participated in our 4th of July parade, this is your official invitation to come visit in 2017! Our hometown parade has its own island flair that captures wide smiles and laughter from every family member and memories that last a lifetime!  » Read more

A Shell’s True Beauty

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For many shellers, the joy of shell collecting is a journey of discovery up and down our beach for a unique shape, color or hard-to-find shell.

For others, the joy of collecting is the labor of discovering a shell’s true beauty through the process of hand cleaning, polishing and drying each individual and uniquely shaped shell. Such was our discovery when we happened upon our guest collector in the shaded shell station at Ocean’s Reach.  » Read more

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

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Follow the yellow brick road as America’s most beloved movie, The Wiizard of Oz, comes to life on stage at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto too!

Beaming with bright, bold colors, spectacular costumes and choreography, you and your family will be treated to all the wonderful music you remember from the world-famous 1939 film.  » Read more

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