The Sarasota Bay Guardians is a family-friendly volunteer program that SBEP manages in partnership with Around the Bend Nature Tours. The Program engages residents of all ages in the ongoing efforts to restore and protect Sarasota Bay. The program involves at least six Saturday morning volunteer outings each year throughout Sarasota and Manatee County. SBEP also partners with local schools and groups to provide volunteer support for planting native vegetation, removing debris, and removing exotic species of plants. The SBEP Bay Guardians have donated thousands of hours to support the SBEP mission. Some volunteers from prior decades are now bringing their own children to Bay Guardian volunteer outings.
Upcoming Bay Guardian events:
October 10, 2015 – Grassy Point at Holmes Beach – Native Planting
November 7, 2015 – Celery Fields – Bioswale Planting
January 2016 (check back for the date) – North Water Tower Park – Air Potato Roundup
February 27, 2016 – Red Bug Slough – Air Potato Roundup
March 12, 2016 – Site to be determined – Air Potato Roundup
April 9, 2016 – Bowlees Island – Coastal Cleanup Project
April 16, 2016 – Perico Preserve – Native Planting (Joint project with Tampa Bay Estuary Program)
May 2016 (check back for the date) – North Water Tower Park – Air Potato Roundup
Click here to read a thoughtful letter from Robin Hardy, the principal with Martha B. King Middle School regarding the students efforts to focus on environmental stewardship. The school received a Blue Dolphin Award from SBEP in 2012.
For more information about the Bay Guardians please contact
SBEP at 941-955-8085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.