Your Donations at Work – Celebrating Earth Day!

GlobePellie20in-PressSCCF’s special recognition of Earth Day is a terrific way to encourage the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. This year, that recognition will have two great programmatic elements.

David headshotPlease join us on Earth Day – Friday, April 22 – at 1pm for the second annual Conservation Conversation in the SCCF Nature Center Auditorium. Dr. Jack E. Davis will speak about our coastal waters and the people who live near them. Dr. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at University of Florida. He spent his childhood on the Panhandle shores of the Gulf of Mexico. His books cover an interesting range of topics including the writings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the environmental history of Florida. Since 2011, his research has broadened to other Gulf coastal areas, including our islands, to examine how nature shaped societies and how natural resources developed communities. Come take advantage of the opportunity hear a man whose passion is telling the stories of Florida’s coastal region and the people who call it home.

Thanks to The Donald Slavik Family Foundation for their annual support of the Earth Day Conservation Conversation.

Earth Day will also mark the successful conclusion of the first annual SCCF “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Program. The beautiful painting by Jaye Boswell, the program’s first Artist of the Year, has been on display in the Nature Center throughout this season. Entitled “A Darling Cottage”, it will be presented to one lucky drawing winner. Drawing tickets are priced at $10 and remain available this week at the Nature Center. The drawing will take place following Dr. Davis’ presentation as the audience enjoys SCCF’s Earth Day Birthday Cake.

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Please consider celebrating Earth Day by supporting the conservation efforts of SCCF. If you have not yet contributed to SCCF’s Annual Fund Drive, your Earth Day gift will qualify you as a Member in Good Standing for another year. If you have already made a donation this year, we hope you might consider making an additional gift to mark this special occasion. If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Giattini at 239-395-2768 or