As a Sanibel beachfront resort, the Island Inn obviously cares a lot about the state of our beach. We want it to be clean, and it is, but that doesnâ€™t mean it should be tidy! Weâ€™re a traditional place â€“ weâ€™ve been providing Sanibel Island vacation lodging on this property since 1895 â€“ but one tradition we donâ€™t practice is raking up the bits of seaweed and sea grasses that come ashore with the waves. Those organic materials are an important part of the islandâ€™s ecosystem, supporting birds, plants and other wildlife our guests expect and deserve to experience.
Thatâ€™s why we at the Island Inn jumped at the chance to host a series of guided beach walks, conducted by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). Our guests understand and appreciate the genuine approach to conservation and preservation that Island Inn practices, but they are often curious â€œexactly what is that?â€ next to their towel on the sand.
The walks are free, and will be led by an experienced guide from SCCF. You wonâ€™t need to take notes and there wonâ€™t be a test, but youâ€™re still likely to learn something about this majestic natural resource and gain a deeper appreciation for keeping it around.
Four dates are planned so far in 2013, but check the Island Inn â€œIsland Newsâ€ page for updated information. All walks start at 10 a.m. in the Island Inn parking lot.
Join us: February 12, February 26, March 5 and March 9.
No reservations are required, but come prepared with sunblock, a hat, water and a camera! Once youâ€™ve completed the walk, we invite you to share your photos with us on Facebook!