Sarasota Bay Estuary Program volunteers

Bay Guardians Volunteers

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Bay Guardians LogoThe 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 Guardians volunteer outings.

Upcoming Bay Guardians events:
February 27, 2016 – Red Bug Slough – Air Potato Roundup
March 12, 2016 – Phillippi Estate Park – Air Potato Roundup
March 26, 2016 – Bowlees Creek Island – Coastal Cleanup
April 16, 2016 – Perico Preserve – Native Planting with Tampa Bay Estuary Program
May 7, 2016 – North Water Tower Park – Air Potato Roundup

Visit our photo gallery to see images from prior Bay Guardian outings throughout Sarasota and Manatee County.

Click here to read a thoughtful letter from Robin Hardy, the principal at 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

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