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Time for Class!


You may not necessarily think about going to class when you think of vacation, but then again, not many vacation destinations offer such fascinating educational classes as those found at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island!

The museum’s fall class lineup includes:

SHELL PHOTOGRAPHY:  November 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This course includes one hour of lecture, and one hour of hands-on learning. Students will learn how to photograph shells, both in nature and in a controlled environment. Additional attention will be devoted to photography of small shells and basic rudiments of Adobe Photoshop as it applies to shell photography. Students will learn methods of shell photography applicable to documentation, collection curating, social media, and art.

WHAT’S THAT SHELL?  November 16 & 18, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Love shelling, but not sure what you are finding? Interested in becoming a Shell Ambassador, but a little shaky on your ID skills? This class is for you! The first session of this two-part course will focus on the practice of identifying local (Southwest Florida) shells and introduce resources for identification. The second session will include hands-on time for students to use their new knowledge and resources to identify their own shells, with expert staff helping to guide and answer questions.


The first session of this two-part course will introduce shell collections, their merit, and address ideal collection organization and maintenance. This will be followed by practical considerations on curating and maintaining your personal shell collection, and how to maximize their value, both from the monetary and scientific points of view. The second session will entail hands-on curating of your own collection with professional materials and expert staff available to guide you and answer questions. Students will gain the tools necessary to properly care for and document their personal collection. Helpful for estate planning.

Visit ShellMuseum.org/classes for complete details.  All classes will be held at the Museum and will be limited to a maximum of 20 students. Please contact Rebecca Mensch with inquiries or to register at [email protected].


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