Progress – Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Founded in 1967, SCCF (the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. Thanks to the efforts of many who came before us, we are the largest private landowner on Sanibel Island, managing more than 1,200 acres on Sanibel plus more than 600 additional acres on surrounding islands. Learn more about SCCF here.


Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)


Living in Harmony with Nature   (4 mins)


Conservation through Acquisition


Since the first 12-acre piece of property was donated to them in 1968, SCCF has acquired 1,860 acres within Pine Island Sound, and assisted in the facilitation of an additional 400 acres in land purchases.  Read more about their land preservation here.


RECON technology


Take a look at real time data from  SCCF's RECON! The River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) is a network of water quality sensors deployed throughout the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary that can detect the presence of algal blooms and nutrient hotspots and provide real-time, water quality data to scientists, policymakers, and the general public.




SCCF has partnered with Sanibel Sea School to offer education "It’s about seeing, smelling, discovering, feeling and finally, because it’s time – learning. This kind of learning changes people’s lives." - Sanibel Sea School

Strong, Peaceful & Free. How the Sanibel Sea School instills these traits of the ocean in kids. (1:30 mins)

The Spirit of Sanibel Sea School Featuring its Founders (7:30 mins)


Sea Turtles


There were a record number of 669 sea turtle nests on Sanibel and 268 nests on Captiva this season.  SCCF Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan was on beach patrol on Captiva Island when she had the rare opportunity to see and film a loggerhead sea turtle nest just beginning to boil, or erupt on June 24, 2020...

Loggerhead Nest Boil on Captiva Island (5 mins)


SCCF launched a new podcast on Earth Day 2020.  Tune in to this one to learn more about their Sea Turtle Conservation efforts...

Land. Water. Wildlife. SCCF's Podcast -- Then & Now: Sea Turtle Conservation on Sanibel (34 mins)


Shark Conservation Campaign


SCCF's Shark Conservation Campaign on Shark Fishing  (3 mins)






Click here to Test Your Shark Knowledge


Test our shark knowledge and learn more about sharks.  Email a screen print of your results to for a chance to win great prizes!


Any questions?  Please let us know and we'll do our best to get them answered during the Q&A session October 10th!

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