Sarasota Bay Estuary Program volunteers

Bay Guardian Volunteers

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Bay Guardians LogoSarasota Bay Guardians is a family-friendly volunteer program that SBEP manages in partnership with Around the Bend Nature Tours. The SBEP Bay Guardian program was established to engage residents of all ages in the ongoing efforts to restore and protect Sarasota Bay. It also provides participants with an opportunity to learn and make new connections with other individuals who care about Sarasota Bay habitat and wildlife. 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. 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 SBEP volunteer events.

We’ve recently announced our 2014-2015 season of Bay Guardian events:
September 27, 2014 @ Cortez Maritime Museum – pond planting & butterfly garden planting
December 13, 2014 @ G.T. Bray Park – Invasive Species Removal
February 7 @ North Water Tower Park – Air Potato Spud Busting
February 21 @ Robinson Preserve – Oyster Bag Placement
March 28 @ Bowlees Creek Island – Clean Up (kayak transport only)
April 18 @ Philippi Park – Air Potato Spud Busting
May 2 @ Robinson Preserve – Oyster Bag Placement
June 13 @ Siesta Key Beach – Native Planting & Trash Removal

Please 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 with Martha B. King Middle School regarding the students efforts to focus on environmental stewardship. Martha B. Kind Middle School received a 2012 Blue Dolphin Award from SBEP at a special event held April 4, 2012.

For more information about the Bay Guardians please contact
SBEP at 941-955-8085 or

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