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Event Island Inn Beach Walks
Date 03/18/14 - 12/31/15
Time 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location Island Inn 3111 W Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957
Details CHOOSE PREFERRED DATE IN CALENDAR OF EVENTS TO BOOK ONLINE.(PLEASE NOTE: If you are a current guest at the Island Inn, please make your reservation through the hotel directly. If not a current guest at the Inn, book here). Join our Marine Biologist for a beach walk near Island Inn. Walks depart daily from the Island Inn lobby at 9 a.m. Learn about the shells, mollusks, and other marine life that has washed ashore. The cost is $10, and parking at Island Inn is free for beach walk participants. Space is limited so book online now by clicking Calendar of Events (top right) or by calling (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Shell Museum admission.
Contact Info (239) 395-2233
info@shellmuseum.org

Event Live Tank Demonstration: See Live Mollusks Up-Close and Personal
Date 08/31/12 - 04/30/15
Time Please call to check/request docent.
Location Shell Museum
Details Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. No reservations required. Come in and see a fighting conch use its foot for locomotion, watch a lightning whelk slam shut its trap door for protection, or witness scallops zip across the tank with jet propulsion skills! It's all free with admission.
Contact Info (239) 395-2233

Event Marine Naturalist Adventure
Date 01/02/15 - 04/30/15
Time 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location Captiva Cruises South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island THIS CRUISE MUST BE BOOKED BY CALLING CAPTIVA CRUISES AT 239-472-5300.
Details THURSDAYS. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Captiva Cruises present a one-of-a-kind experience sure to excite marine enthusiasts of all ages. Join our Marine Biologist for an unforgettable four-hour cruise with a small group aboard the 40' sailing catamaran "Adventure". Cruise Pine Island Sound to North Captiva Island. Explore both the back bay and the gulf as you learn about shells, the mollusks that create them, and the environment they live in. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on board and sail home while enjoying the Florida wildlife around you. This unforgettable trip is perfect for active families and individuals. WATER SHOES REQUIRED, no flip flops. Prepare to get wet.
Contact Info Captiva Cruises
239-472-5300
info@captivacruises.com
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Event Steven Noll Evening Lecture
Date 04/21/15 - 04/21/15
Time 5:30 pm
Location Museum Auditorium
Details FREE TO THE PUBLIC. This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Shelling 101
Date 01/30/15 - 04/19/15
Time 2:00 pm
Location The Museum.
Details Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 2 p.m. Gain insights about when and where to shell! Fun and informative presentation by Rebecca Mensch, M.Sc.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Mollusk Matinee Lecture Series
Date 01/07/15 - 04/02/15
Time 2:00 pm
Location Museum Auditorium
Details This lecture series includes a broad range of exciting shell-related subjects combining natural history and environmental issues of immediate interest to our community. Talks will range from 30–40 minutes, followed by questions. Included with Paid Museum Admission.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Learn to Create a Sailor's Valentine!
Date 03/23/15 - 03/28/15
Time 9:00 am
Location Museum
Details MARCH 23, 25, 27: 9 am to 3pm. In this 3 day workshop, Connie Miller teaches guests to make their own Sailors' Valentine! $100 per person, per day.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
239.395.2233
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Event Lighthouse Evening Beach Walk
Date 03/21/15 - 03/21/15
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lighthouse on the beach facing Ft. Myers Beach.
Details Saturday, March 21st. Explore the beach near the Sanibel Lighthouse during low tide with our Marine Biologist. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. There is a parking fee of $3 per hour at the lighthouse beach. Reservations are required. Call 239-395-2233 to make a reservation or book online.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Giant and Colossal Squids
Date 02/02/15 - 02/25/15
Time 2:00 pm
Location Shell Museum: 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road,Sanibel
Details On Mondays in February: “Giant and Colossal Squids” is a presentation about the two largest invertebrates on Earth. It deals with interesting facts, the history of our study of them, and the overwhelming lack of knowledge about them. By Marine Biologist Rebecca Mensch. Included with paid Museum admission.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
kball@shellmuseum.org
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Event Lighthouse Evening Beach Walk
Date 04/04/15 - 04/04/15
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lighthouse on the beach facing Ft. Myers Beach.
Details Saturday, April 4th. Explore the beach near the Sanibel Lighthouse during low tide with our Marine Biologist. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. There is a parking fee of $3 per hour at the lighthouse beach. Reservations are required. Call 239-395-2233 to make a reservation or book online.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Jack E. Davis Evening Lecture
Date 02/24/15 - 02/24/15
Time 5:30 pm
Location Museum Auditorium
Details FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Bunche Beach Walk With Dr. Jose' Leal
Date 02/18/15 - 02/18/15
Time 6:40 am
Location Bunche Beach 1820 John Morris Road Fort Myers, FL 33931
Details Bunche Beach Low Tide Excursions: Dr. Leal leads a low tide beach walk at Bunche Beach in Ft. Myers. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children, and participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. Book online or call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Lighthouse Evening Beach Walk
Date 02/17/15 - 02/17/15
Time 5:30 pm
Location Lighthouse on the beach facing Ft. Myers Beach.
Details Tuesday, February 17th. Explore the beach near the Sanibel Lighthouse during low tide with our Marine Biologist. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. There is a parking fee of $2 per hour at the lighthouse beach. Reservations are required. Call 239-395-2233 to make a reservation or book online.
Contact Info 239.395.2233
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Event Bunche Beach Walk With Dr. Jose' Leal
Date 02/04/15 - 02/04/15
Time 7:30 am
Location Bunche Beach 1820 John Morris Road Fort Myers, FL 33931
Details Bunche Beach Low Tide Excursions: Dr. Leal leads a low tide beach walk at Bunche Beach in Ft. Myers. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children, and participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. Book online or call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation.
Contact Info 239.395.2233

Event Cindy Bear Presentation, How Shells Reveal a Stunning Past
Date 02/04/15 - 02/04/15
Time 2:00 pm
Location The Museum.
Details INCLUDED WITH PAID MUSEUM ADMISSION. FREE FOR MEMBERS. Along with fish bones, mollusks record clues about the past people and environments of the past. Archaeologists have unlocked some of these riddles to reveal descriptions of the ancient estuarine environment of Southwest Florida that sustained the Calusa people and their ancestors. This talk will describe some of those clues and include information on ways shells were used in practical and artistic ways by SW Florida’s earliest known people. Cindy Bear is the Coordinator for Programs and Services at the Randell Research Center, Calusa Heritage Trail, at the University of Florida.
Contact Info 239.395.2233



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