What We Do


Since incorporating in 1967, SCCF has acquired and preserved environmentally sensitive land on and around the islands. This land includes critical wildlife habitats, rare and unique subtropical plant communities, tidal wetlands, and freshwater wetlands along the Sanibel River. Without protection, many of these areas would have been lost to residential and commercial development, either directly or by fragmentation of habitat.

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed.

Over the years, with support of the community and visitors, we have:

  • acquired over 1,800 acres of wildlife habitat;
  • removed invasive, non-native plants and restored native vegetation;
  • encouraged people to landscape for wildlife through our native plant nursery;
  • introduced over 65,000 people a year to barrier island ecology;
  • involved volunteers with sea turtle, nesting shorebird, plant propagation and other nature programs; and
  • undertaken research on land and in our surrounding waters.

SCCF has approximately 23 full-time staff members, 300 volunteers, and 3,000 members. Six priority program areas forward its mission: Environmental Education, Land Acquisition, Landscaping for Wildlife, Marine Research, Natural Resource Policy, Sea Turtle Conservation, and Wildlife Habitat Management.

Our barrier islands are a fragile environment. What you enjoy here today is the result of the concerted efforts of the many who preceded us. They have made a difference. We encourage you to join us in the continuing stewardship of our sanctuary islands.

Our Departments:
Natural Resource Policy

Marine Laboratory

Wildlife & Habitat Management

Native Landscapes & Garden Center

Environmental Education