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SCCF offers new programs
March 15, 2017

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The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is introducing two new programs this month focusing on SCCF's history, and how individuals identify their home.

The first program, SCCF@50, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road. The program will focus on the past 50 years of SCCF, as well as their hopes of the future.

SCCF Education Director Kristie Anders said in celebration of SCCF's 50th anniversary, she will be holding the program because she is unsure if everyone has a sense of how SCCF has played out through the past five decades.

"It's sort of an overview look at the conservation consciousness of the island," she said. "How SCCF, the organization, has been sort of the body of a lot of incredible thinkers and doers. I would like to tell the story, the summer of 1967 when planning the incorporation of the organization began."

Those plans included such areas as a marine laboratory and land acquisition.

"I don't think we have failed them. We are a nonprofit, so having our organization succeed is based on the belief people have that we are staying true to what we were," Anders said.

SCCF was incorporated as an educational, scientific and prevention of cruelty to animals, protection of wildlife, organization.

"We have always stayed on the track of research, so we have a very sound science that goes along with the positions that we may take with public policy, or education," Anders said. "It is based on what our scientist are doing in the field and discovering and maintaining and monitoring. It comes from primary sources, instead of secondary sources."

She credits the organizations success on its consistency.

"By being consistent, it gives us a trustworthiness," Anders said. "We still use our mission as our biggest filter. It's probably the most powerful tool we have."

The second program, "Finding Home," will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at SCCF's Nature Center. Anders said it is a program she has not done for probably two decades.

"The dialogue was there and we are into a new generation of people living here and really thinking about where they are rooted," she said. "The idea of home is where the heart is and where you invest energy and time and thoughts."

Anders asked are the islands considered a place to visit, or a place to recharge your batteries and go some place else? She said calling somewhere home provides a sense of responsibility for stewardship, voting and digging into really thinking about what this place means to them.

The group discussion will focus on such topics as how can someone really identify with things that sustain them on the island. For example, Anders said where does your water come from, what is the watershed connected to and where did the land come from that you are standing on.

"It's not a lecture. It's a discussion to think about people's sense of place and where home is," Anders said. "It's a quite different approach to looking at what the islands are to you personally."

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