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Googling the Gulf: #1

Photo from Jetsetter


Without a doubt, the sugar white sand beaches that line the Gulf of Mexico are among the most beautiful in the world.

But there’s so much more to the waters we call home, as the Gulf is a diverse ecosystem with a long and interesting history.  We thought we’d spend this week learning a bit more about it!  » Read more

An Earth-Healthy School Year


Courtesy of our friends at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, here’s a list of helpful Green Tips for an Earth-Healthy School Year:

    1.   Check last year’s backpack for supplies you can repurpose this year.
    2.   Buy used books.
    3.   Shop for eco-friendly, reusable school supplies.
    4.   Take your own lunch, packaged in reusable materials.
    5.   Use a water bottle for beverages instead of plastic throw-aways.
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A Hybrid Sea Turtle


Meet Flame Lily — a hybrid sea turtle!

Each year, SCCF sea turtle staff encounter about 160 unique individual turtles at night during their field season — and some of them really make an impression.

When the team first encountered a turtle named Flame Lily (identified by her tags) last summer, they were struck by her narrow and pointed beak, resembling more of a hawksbill sea turtle,  » Read more

More “Ah-Ha” Moments


Just as with SCCF and Captiva Cruises yesterday, our friends at “Ding” Darling have also done a great job inspiring young students from Southwest Florida.

With the help of their new mobile classroom, Ding’s summer outreach programs multiplied its conservation education programming reach to 15 times the number of students they had previously hosted through past traditional, on-site camp experiences.

A total of 1,243 students benefited from refuge educational efforts this summer.  » Read more

No Child Left On Shore


Earlier this summer, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and Captiva Cruises hosted 24 middle-schoolers from The Immokalee Foundation as part of their long-time No Child Left On Shore initiative.

The environmental education outreach program provides Southwest Florida youths with an informative and fun way to gain experiential knowledge about the ecology of the region’s marine environment.

Accompanied by foundation staff and SCCF environmental educator Richard Finkel,  » Read more

8th Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

Gary LeVox


There’s music in the air!

We can’t wait for the 8th Island Hopper Songwriter Fest to return to Southwest Florida soon from September 16 – 25.

The 10-day Island Hopper music festival features performances by some of the country’s greatest BMI singer-songwriters.  More than 70 singer-songwriters are scheduled to perform 100+ shows during the event, sharing stories behind their songs in intimate settings throughout Southwest Florida.   » Read more

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