Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. Marine Science Center Becoming a Top Attraction on Fort Myers Beach

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Visit the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center on Fort Myers Beach

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San Carlos Island, Florida where there’s more to the Fort Myers Beach area beyond beautiful water, sugary sweet beaches and amazing sunsets. There is a hidden gem…The Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. Marine Science Center!

Located on San Carlos Island, with all of its hidden treasures, The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center is fast becoming a top attraction to visitors to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The center offers visitors a large footprint of the natural aquatic life and vegetation that adds to the beauty of the Fort Myers Beach area.

The Ostego Bay Marine Center, a not for profit, services the Southwest Florida counties of Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Hendry Counties. The center was founded in 1991 and is home to unique collections of specimens of the coastal area and delivers learning experiences for young and old alike. Visitors enjoy the unique display of estuarial aquariums, hands on touch tank for children and exhibits depicting the history and ecology of Fort Myers Beach and barrier islands.

San Carlos Island is also home to the oldest commercial Shrimp Fishing Fleet in South Florida which welcomes 80 to 100 different trawlers during the fishing season and according to the 1999 study by University of Florida, offloads more Florida Pinks than anywhere else in Florida! Connoisseurs consider the indigenous Gulf of Mexico species of shrimp among the sweetest in the United States.

The Marine Science Center offers Working Waterfront Tours of this unique industry every Wednesday morning from 9am to noon. Bring your kids, your family and your camera for this memorable experience. The kids will especially enjoy experiencing the touch tank and exhibits. Some families even make it a unique birthday party event while schools find it quite educational for field trips.

For those that stay for a while, The Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. also offers the University of Florida Master Naturalist Program. Training in Florida's uplands, wetlands and saltwater coastal systems are available at the Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. Marine Science Center. The FMNP is not a degree-seeking program; both the novice and the highly skilled environmental professionals will find it pertinent, informative and quite relevant. These courses offer hands on field trips to special areas from the oxbows of the Caloosahatchee River to the beaches of Bowditch Point.

However long your stay may be, the Marine Science Center should be on your to-do list when visiting the Fort Myers Beach Area. Learn more about the missions of the Ostego Bay Foundation by visiting the website at http://www.OstegoBay.org or calling 239-765-8101.

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