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K-12 Programs

Take your students into the AMAZING world of mollusks, their shells, and marine life; and the conservation of their ecosystems!


Contact Jorden Falker at or 239-347-5119 to learn more.

NOTE: Mollusks on the Move and Mollusks Online programs are open for bookings. Field trips are temporarily suspended while the Museum is open but partially under construction following Hurricane Ian.

Each program aligns with Florida’s Sunshine State Standards (click to learn more), and participating students will receive a shell from a native Southwest Florida mollusk, as well as their own shell identification guide to keep.

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Thanks to the generosity of donors who have supported its signature Adopt-A-Class program, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has been able to provide free field trips and outreach education to students throughout Southwest Florida for nearly 20 years.


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The Museum will prioritize allocation of Adopt-A-Class funds to Title 1 schools to ensure that students in our region have access to the unique stories, lessons, and experiences of the shells, marine life, and conservation education the Museum offers, regardless of a school’s or students’ ability to pay.

To learn more about Adopt-A-Class or any of our educational programs, please contact Jorden Falker at or 239-347-5119.

School Kits

Supplement your science curriculum with a collection of educational resources focused on the world of mollusks.

School class enjoying a visit from Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island Florida

Free Downloadable Resources for Teachers

Pre-Visit Science Information

Background information for preparing to visit the Museum

Gastropod Anatomy

An illustrated guide to the parts of a mollusk

Lightning Whelk Reproduction

Information about lightning whelks and their egg cases

Mollusks in Action Quiz

Test your students on their mollusk knowledge

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