Happy Earth Day! Here on Sanibel Island, experiencing, enjoying and protecting all that nature has to offer is very important to us. As many people know, 2/3 of Sanibel Island is dedicated preserve and refuge land. However, protecting the island’s most native inhabitants isn’t just limited to the refuge lands. Learn more about some of the great organizations that help preserve everything that makes Sanibel special and find out how you can enjoy the glories of nature the next time you’re on the island.
The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. This conservation includes the Adopt-a-Beach program that helps to protect sea turtle and shorebird nesting sites, of which Sundial is a participant. The SCCF offers year-round programming, including events, education and excursions.
Every week, Sanibel Sea School offers guided birdwatching and shell walks on Sundial Beach Resort & Spa’s beachfront property. Connect with nature and learn some basic biology and tips to make the most of your shelling and birdwatching experiences while on the islands! Private stand-up paddleboarding excursions can also be arranged which provide a unique opportunity to access prime wildlife watching areas with a knowledgeable marine science educator.
CROW, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, has spent 50 years saving and rehabilitating the wildlife of Southwest Florida. The clinic offers guided wildlife walks with rehabilitators and staff, daily presentations, lunch and learns and a speaker series to help the public learn all about the local wildlife and what the program does to help support these local inhabitants.
“Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge hosts a daily calendar of free educational tours and programs during the winter season and summer programs on a more abbreviated basis. The programs are designed for visitors of all ages. In addition to daily events, the refuge is open every day, except Fridays, for you to explore at your own leisure. Please also visit the “Ding” Darling Society for more information.
The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail spans 190 miles of bay, river, backwater and shorelines of Southwest Florida. This marked canoe and kayak trail offers an amazing opportunity to see marine life, shorebirds, crustaceans and more up close and personal. The trail is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
With Port Sanibel Marina Charters, you can embark on your own adventure, from fishing to shelling to dolphin watching and eco tours. Post Sanibel offers it all. You can even rent your own vessel to explore at your own pace and leisure. Get a fresh perspective on the island from the calm waters of the back bays. Additionally, Port Sanibel extends a discount to guests of Sundial!