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VOL. 24, NO. 13
SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
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FT MYERS, FL
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
by Jeff Lysiak
For the first time ever, the Sanibel
Sea School will be offering Ocean
Discoveries For Grownups, a weekly
series of field-based learning opportu-
nities for adults during the month of
Each Wednesday between 9 a.m.
and noon, Sanibel Sea School Executive
Director Dr. Bruce Neill and the school’s
team of marine science educators
will offer fun and educational camp
experiences to adults (age 18 and older).
In the past, the school has offered a
variety of classes geared toward adults.
However, those classes had only been
held during the winter months.
“We’d been asked by parents and
grandparents, who’d drop-off and pick-
up their kids from our regular camps,
when we were going to offer something
for adults when it’s not so busy,” said Dr.
Neill. “Finally, we’ve decided to try it and
see what happens. October is a pretty
magical time of year here on Sanibel...
it’s transition season – not too hot and
not too cool.”
During the fall months, he explained,
mullet are breeding, cow-nosed rays are
active, tarpon and young fish species
are moving through the region, heading
towards warmer waters to the south.
Each week, campers will meet on the
causeway where the group will board a
boat to explore and investigate different
aquatic areas of the island. They include:
• October 5 – Sanibel’s East End
• October 12 – Mangrove Islands of
San Carlos Bay
• October 19 – Blind Pass
• October 26 – Sea Grass Flats of San
The cost to attend is $75 per three-
hour course. As a special bonus for
adults who register for all four weeks, Dr.
Neill and his team will offer an exclusive
additional field trip to explore San Carlos
Bay “from a perspective that most of us
have never fully experienced.”
For instance, Dr. Neill offered that
whenever he crosses the causeway, he
considers the impact that structure has
had on the local estuary.
“When you think about all of the
mangrove islands that are out there, and
then – after the creation of the causeway
– the negative impact that structure has
had on water flows,” he said. “You’re
not really crossing the causeway; you’re
crossing San Carlos Bay. I’m also amazed
how many people don’t know that Ponce
De Leon was mortally wounded right
here at Punta Rassa. The history of our
estuary is rich and incredible.”
Adult campers from previous sessions
conituned on page 6
Sanibel Sea School Executive Director Dr. Bruce Neill, left, will lead a four-week series of
field-based learning opportunities for adults during October
photo courtesy Sanibel Sea School
Free Wildlife Drive Admission
On National Public Lands Day
The JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel will celebrate
National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24 with free admission to
Wildlife Drive, special activities and issuance of free year-long passes to United
States fourth-grade students.
Wildlife Drive opens at 7 a.m. for free touring and closes at 7 p.m. The free
“Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center opens at 9 a.m . Fourth-grade students
and homeschool equivalents will be able to pick up their free Every Kid In A Park
contiuned on page 8
Bike, hike or drive Wildlife Drive for free on September 24. Fourth graders may also pick up
their free year-long pass.
photo courtesy DDWS
Special Film Screening
On Unevolved School System
The current educational system in the United States was developed a century
ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world.
However, the world economy and the way people communicate have profound-
ly evolved since then -- yet the United States’ education system has not. The film
Most Likely To Succeed is about what school could be today. Most Likely To
continued on page 3
A scene from the film
photo courtesy BIG ARTS
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