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Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

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Address: 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239 472-2329
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking

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Hiking plus education/conservation

Very nice interconnected system of hiking trails behind the education center. 4+ miles all together, and you can repeat loops, and variations of, to create a longer hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Very nice interconnected system of hiking trails behind the education center. 4+ miles all together, and you can repeat loops, and variations of, to create a longer hike. Trials are mostly shaded by canopy of cabbage palms and other native vegetation and many interpretive signs and trial maps at strategic points in the system. I wouldn't hesitate to bring children... More 

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Marathon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great place to learn about the conservation on Sanibel. They have lots to see, including some hiking trails, observation tower, butterfly farm, natural vegetation nursery.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There's a very nice little trail system behind the SCCF Nature Center that's worth checking out if you want to experience an easy walk in a "wild" natural setting on Sanibel. There are a few options but all the trails are kid friendly and not very long. There's an observation tower along one of them that offers an almost bird's... More 

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Lovell, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Remarkable organization that does much for the preservation and enhancement of Sanibel&Captiva Islands. We enjoyed two different informative nature walks with volunteer docents. The butterfly house was somewhat disappointing, but the temperatures had been very cool and the insects were immobile. We learned a great deal about SCCF continuing work to enhance and protect these fragile islands .Despite our living... More 

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Oxford, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Went for a beautiful and informative nature walk! Guides Ed Rand and Beman Dawes shared many interesting facts about the history, plant and animal life of Sanibel. A great way to get back into unspoiled Florida.

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Basalt, Colorado
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

First and foremost - the conservation work of this group has to be applauded. No doubt about that. However, I found certain aspects of their Visitor Center experience very troubling. The Visitor Center building is in rough shape. While I can overlook an old building and outdated exhibits, I am concerned about the conditions in which they are keeping some... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We enjoyed the nature trail, climbed the tower over the Sanibel River, and learned about the freshwater system on Sanibel. The education center had several tanks with various turtles and snakes, and a touching tank for a few aquatic animals. Worth the visit.

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Sanibel, Florida, United States
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

SCCF is, from the outside, a nice museum-like experience, all based on conservation and wildlife. But, go beyond the building, go out the back door, and through the quaint gazebo, and you will find ….. 400 acres of wilderness, punctuated with pathways and meandering streams (called sloughs - pronounced "slews"). Amazingly, this is now a crowded attraction. Most people apparently... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Liked this as much as Ding Darling. not as polished but an easy way to get off the road and into some different and interesting terrain.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are conservation oriented and want to know why Sanibel/Captiva is so naturally superb, SCCF tells a lot of the story.

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