Learning on Sanibel Island

DATE: August 27, 2020

Packing up your things and taking your family on a well-deserved vacation is made easy at Sundial Resort! Resort-wide wi-fi allows your kids to take on virtual learning anywhere on the property. Not only can your kids keep up with their schoolwork, they can also experience the rich history and see more of the island on a well-deserved field trip. There are opportunities all around Sanibel Island for a little exploration and educational enrichment. 

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Nick Adams Photography

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum offers fun and educational services where kids will get a closer look at mollusk growth, habitats, reproduction and feeding! If you can’t make it to Sanibel Island but want to learn more about the shells that surround you, the Shell Museum offers free at-home activities for everyone to try!

Photo provided by Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Jason Boeckman, roseate spoonbills

N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

At J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, all animals are appreciated while being viewed in their natural habitat. While visiting the refuge, take a relaxing drive, hike, or bike ride through the 4-mile Wildlife Drive with a guided naturalist, go kayaking, or search for alligators!

Photo provided by J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Jason Boeckman

adventures in paradise kids looking at specimen

Adventures in Paradise

Enjoy a boat ride while learning about sea life all around you! There are many different day-trip options to choose from in order to best fit your style. The Sea Life Encounter Excursion is guided by a specialized Marine Biologist who will teach you about Southwest Florida marine life with hands-on exploration! Discover sea life such as seahorses, sea stars, and blowfish by scoop netting into the deep sea grass.

Photo provided by Adventures in Paradise

crow rehab sanibel young girl in clinic with stuffed animal 

CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) and Visitor Center

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is an educational hospital that cares for wildlife. Stop by the visitors center to learn more about how these animals become injured, are cared for, and healed in order to make the environment a better place for all wildlife.

Photo provided by CROW

sanibel sea school kids using seining net

Sanibel Sea School

Sanibel Sea School offers over 30 different courses to learn about the environment and ecosystem.

For example:

Plankton – Adrift at Sea is perfect for anyone who enjoys small creatures that live in the water. This class teaches students how to use a plankton tow and collect water samples that are placed under a microscope to explore the differences in zooplankton.

Fish – What’s better than a fish? allows students to use different types of nets in order to catch various types of fish! Students are able to hold the fish and feel their scales. In this course, you will learn all about fin movements and their habitats based on their anatomy!

Sanibel Sea School offers classes and camps right at Sundial.

Photo provided by Sanibel Sea School

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village reopens in October for field trips and activities. Learn the history of Sanibel Island, from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early island settlers. Explore historic buildings, restored to their original state, and imagine what life was like in the early days of the island.

Header Photo provided by Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Combining vacationing with exciting and entertaining learning experiences is a win-win decision. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa and Sanibel Island create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere with so many opportunities for learning and exploring our seas and wildlife. Book your next educational adventure today!


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