SCCF and Environmental Education
Environmental Education has always been part of SCCF’s core mission. Our 6,900+square foot nature center houses exhibits teaching about the ecology of Sanibel and Captiva.
The environmental education department provides a wide variety of activities and programs to engage the community and visitors in experiences designed to increase their awareness and understanding of the natural world. A variety of venues for learning about the islands and the waters surrounding them are offered to people of all ages with an emphasis on utilizing the outdoors as a classroom.
The department focuses primarily on residents of the island and works closely with other departments to integrate the many aspects of SCCF’s work into environmental education. Staff reach more than 44,000 people every year, whether it was in one of our preserves, on the water, or in the yards of local homeowners. Audiences were wide-ranging, from adults to children of all ages.
A 6,900+ square foot nature center currently serves the needs of education, exhibition, and operations. Four miles of trails are available to take visitors through the various habitats on guided and self-guided tours. An exhibit area houses a play area for children in addition to visual displays of the island’s habitats. There are also live exhibits of captive-breed reptiles.
Nature Center Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. October through May
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. June through September
Nature Center & Trails, $5/adult, children under 17 free and members free
The Nature Center is located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel, near mile marker 1 (about one mile west of Tarpon Bay Road). For info, 472-2329.