SCCF Open House Today!

Have you ever wondered how SCCF’s researchers study seagrasses, diamondhead terrapins and sea turtles? How do you track eastern indigo snake populations across different islands in Pine Island Sound? How do you measure water quality and use the raw data to tell a story? What can tracking the movements of green sea turtles tell us about them? How do you restore an oyster reef, and why do it?

Meet the scientists and staffers at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation who are always happy to answer your questions and talk more about how guidance from SCCF helps in the continued success of managing our island wildlife and environment.  » Read more

Who’s Your Daddy?

We ran across this groundbreaking study from Florida Atlantic University which documents multiple paternity in loggerhead sea turtle nests in Southwest Florida. What started out as a study on female sea turtle promiscuity is proving to be very good news for this female-biased species facing risks of extinction due to climate change.

To read about the fascinating findings published in Science Daily, click here.  » Read more

Crafts on the River

This weekend, Centennial Park will be transformed into a craft lovers dream with 100 exhibitors displaying their hand-crafts along the historic riverfront in downtown Fort Myers.

The annual Crafts on the River is a non-juried event open to local and national artisans and crafters. The event delights in old, new and unique items that come from all over the world. Original designs are displayed by nearly 100 artists in an informal atmosphere that encourages visitors to talk with the artists about their work and,  » Read more

Chasing Coral

The award-winning documentary film Chasing Coral continues the sixth annual free “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series on Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center auditorium.

The Netflix original film explores the beauty of coral and its fragility and future in a changing climate. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.  » Read more

What a Sweetie Pie!

The Sweetie Pie Collection by Norman Love Confections

Andy’s excited! There’s no longer any need to cross the causeway for our favorite gourmet chocolates!

Norman Love Confections, through a partnership with Traders, is now offering a selection of its mouthwatering chocolates at T2 by Traders, located in The Village Shops on Periwinkle Way.

The gift shop at T2 will offer Norman Love’s signature boxes of two,  » Read more

Watch a Butterfly Release!

Meet the friendly folks over at the Florida Native Butterfly Society!

Their 3,615 square-foot glazed glass butterfly house is the only facility of its kind that is dedicated to the safeguarding of our incredible and diverse native butterflies of Southwest Florida. Their primary goal is to educate guests on the importance of building butterfly habitats and protecting our natural environment wherever they may reside.

Unlike most facilities,  » Read more

Working Waterfront Tour

On your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, how about taking a unique Working Waterfront Tour in nearby Fort Myers Beach?

Learn about Florida’s “pink gold” in this three-hour tour of the local shrimping industry. Visit commercial fishing docks, see how boats are unloaded and learn how the seafood is processed in this presentation by the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.

Tours are scheduled for every Wednesday,  » Read more

Add to Your Bucket List!


“Paddle the calm waters to follow in the wake of the people of the Calusa tribes. Get inspired at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Take time to go fishing, shelling, birding or island hopping and fully appreciate this natural haven. Marvel at dolphins jumping in the rolling waves and pelicans diving in the surf for breakfast. Spot endangered West Indian manatees meandering through the mangrove-lined back bays and estuaries.”
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