Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Volunteers

Photo Gallery

Welcome to the SBEP Photo Gallery page. The photographs show various outings with the Bay Guardian volunteer program as well as other events and activities. Click here to learn more about the Bay Guardians. We welcome new volunteers at any of our local outings in Sarasota and Manatee County. Click here to visit the Creative Expressions page to see hundreds of photographs, paintings, essays, poems, and cartoons that celebrate the beauty and importance of Sarasota Bay and Florida’s coastal ecosystems.


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Events

  • Bay Guardians at Philippi Estate Park April 18, 2015 SBEP celebrated Earth Day by hosting a Bay Guardian volunteer event at Philippi Estate Park on Saturday, April 18. More than 70 volunteers of all ages removed the air potato, an invasive vine that covers and shades beneficial native plants. Participating groups included students from high schools throughout Sarasota County from the Community Youth Development Program. ...
  • Bay Guardians at Bowlees Creek March 8, 2015 The SBEP Bay Guardians visited Bowlees Creek Island on Saturday, March 28 to remove garbage and debris. Bowlees Creek Island is located near the boundary between Sarasota and Manatee County. Project partners include SUP Sarasota, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Sarasota Birding Guide, Florida Audubon Society and Around the Bend Nature Tours. The 28 volunteers paddled kayaks to ...
  • Bay Guardians at Robinson Preserve February 21, 2015 SBEP hosted a Bay Guardian volunteer event at Robinson Preserve in Manatee County on Saturday, February 21. The event featured 53 volunteers who filled bags with material to create new habitat for oysters and fish. Oyster beds represent a unique and valuable component of the Sarasota Bay ecosystem. They provide structural habitat for many species ...
  • Bay Guardians at North Water Tower Park February 7, 2015 The SBEP Bay Guardian volunteers visited North Water Tower Park on Saturday, February 7. The event featured 120 volunteers that removed 1,100 pounds of the invasive air potato vine and seeds. The air potato vine covers and shades beneficial native plants, and grows a large tuber that looks like a hanging potato. Volunteers split up ...
  • Bay Guardians at GT Bray Park December 13, 2014 SBEP hosted a Bay Guardian volunteer event at GT Bray Park in Bradenton on Saturday, December 13. Volunteers will be removed thousands of invasive carrot wood trees. They also removed trash and debris from the canal. Project partners included Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources and Around the Bend Nature Tours.
  • Bay Guardians at Florida Maritime Museum September 27, 2014 The SBEP Bay Guardian volunteers visited Florida Maritime Museum on Saturday, September 27. The outing was also part of National Estuaries Day, which helps to promote public awareness about the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. Volunteers planted Florida native plants in the shallow water around a pond. They also created a ...
  • Bay Guardians at Emerson Point May 10, 2014 The SBEP Bay Guardian volunteers planted one thousand wire grass plugs and 50 Saw Palmetto plants. The 42 volunteers spent the rest of the morning removing invasive pest plants including Caesar Weed, Rosary Pea and Balsam Apple.
  • Bay Guardians at Oscar Scherer State Park April 27, 2014 The SBEP Bay Guardians teamed up with Oscar Scherer State Park for an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 27. It was also the kick off of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) World Environment Day. More than 140 volunteers planted over 9,000 wetland grass plugs. The other project partners were Scheda Ecological Associates, Around ...
  • Bay Guardians at Perico Preserve April 12, 2014 The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s Bay Guardians teamed up with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources and Around the Bend Nature Tours for a volunteer planting on Saturday, April 12. The native planting took place at Perico Preserve with plants donated by FWC Redfish Hatchery at Port Manatee. The group ...
  • Bay Guardians at Bowlees Creek March 1, 2014 The SBEP Bay Guardians volunteers visited Bowlees Creek Island Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, March 1, 2014, to remove debris and exotic plants. At this event, there were forty volunteers including students from King Middle School and Sarasota High School. Since 1996, the 3-acre island of Bowlees Creek has been leased by the Audubon Society as ...
  • Bay Guardians at Jiggs Landing February 8, 2014 The SBEP Bay Guardians visited Jiggs Landing for a volunteer outing on Saturday, February 8. The 61 volunteers and seven staff members collectively planted nearly 6,000 Florida native plants. Jiggs Landing is located on the Ever’s Reservoir in Manatee County. The property was originally purchased in 1944; the popular fishing camp has undergone extensive renovations ...
  • Bay Guardians at Arlington Park January 25, 2014 The first Bay Guardian volunteer event of the year took place on January 25, 2014, at Arlington Park in Sarasota. A total of 53 volunteers removed 1,227 pounds of air potato vines and seeds. Prizes were given to volunteers for the biggest, smallest, most collected, and weirdest-looking air potato seed. If you have a group ...
  • Bay Guardians at North Water Tower Park October 19, 2013 A group of 102 Bay Guardian volunteers removed 2,500 pounds of invasive air potato vines and seeds October 19 at North Water Tower Park. Project partners included the City of Sarasota, Around the Bend Nature Tours, the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, Sarasota Sky Pilots and the Bayou Oaks Neighborhood Association. Removing the invasive air potato vine ...
  • Bay Guardians at Perico Preserve May 4, 2013 The fourth Bay Guardian volunteer outing for 2013 took place on Saturday, May 4 at Perico Preserve in Manatee County. The 49 volunteers planted 3,500 native plants along the shoreline area. The plants, which included Spartina grass plugs and herbaceous plants, were donated by FWC Redfish Hatchery at Port Manatee and Manatee County Natural Resources. ...
  • Bay Guardians Project at Jiggs Landing March 9, 2013 The SBEP Bay Guardians visited Jiggs Landing for a volunteer outing on Saturday, March 9 to plant Florida native plants. Jiggs Landing is located on the Ever’s Reservoir in Manatee County. The property was originally purchased in 1944; the popular fishing camp has undergone extensive renovations and was re-opened to the public in late 2010. ...
  • Bay Guardians at Sarasota Baywalk Creek February 23, 2013 A group of 37 Bay Guardian volunteers with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) completed a project at Baywalk Creek. Baywalk Creek is located near New College of Florida. The volunteers removed more than 1,000 pounds of the invasive air potato vine and tubers. The group also removed other non-native species. Volunteers included students from ...
  • Bay Guardians at North Lido Beach Park July 14, 2012 A group of 55 SBEP Bay Guardian volunteers planted 500 native plants and removed small exotic Australian pines at North Lido Beach Park on Saturday. The group included 20 middle school students from the Duke University Talent Identification Program, a marine biology summer camp focused on estuaries and marshes. Bay Guardian volunteers planted more than ...
  • Bay Guardians at Emerson Point Preserve May 12, 2012 Volunteers with the SBEP Bay Guardians completed a project at the 365-acre preserve located at the mouth of the Manatee River. The 39 adult and student volunteers worked with professional staff from Manatee County Natural Resources and guides with Around the Bend Nature Tours to plant native Florida plants, remove invasive plants and make portable ...
  • Family Science Day at Imagine School April 28, 2012 These photos are from Family Science Day at the Imagine School at Palmer Ranch Saturday, April 28. Children from first through eighth grade participated in different science activities. SBEP participated with the Enviroscape learning model which illustrates the problem of stormwater pollution. This is a hands-on activity; kids get to “trash” the watershed and see ...
  • Bay Guardians at North Water Tower Park April 14, 2012 A group of 25 adult and youth volunteers removed 342 pounds of air potato vines and seeds April 14 at North Water Tower Park in Sarasota. The fourth annual Air Potato Roundup was supported by several members of the Sarasota Sky Pilots Disc Golf Club. North Water Tower Park is the home of the area’s ...

Restoration Projects

  • Science at SBEP: F.I.S.H. Preserve Restored! January 19, 2016 Science at SBEP F.I.S.H. Preserve Habitat Restored! The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program recently completed the restoration of nearly half of the Preserve through a cooperative funding agreement with SWFWMD and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, F.I.S.H. Restoration implemented by contracting firm Earthbalance resulted in more wetland acreage, improved tidal circulation, and the reestablishment of natural hydro-periods. The ...
  • Science at SBEP: SBEP Updates its Five-Year Habitat Restoration Plan January 19, 2016 Science at SBEP SBEP Updates its Five-Year Habitat Restoration Plan The SBEP has updated the Program’s five-year habitat restoration plan, which prioritizes more than 20 sites throughout the Sarasota Bay watershed. The SBEP and its Wetlands Coordinator Scheda Ecological Associates evaluated potential restoration sites by examining various logistical and ecological factors, including proximity of the sites to ...
  • FISH Preserve Restoration Progress October 19, 2011 The first phase of restoration has been completed at this 95-acre area located next to Sarasota Bay east of Anna Maria Island. FISH is an acronym for Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, a non-profit group that purchased the property in 1999 to help restore and protect the estuarine ecosystem and adjacent waters. The initial phase ...
  • Girl Scouts Complete Environmental Project at Camp Honi Hanta October 15, 2011 Twenty Girl Scouts with support from adult volunteers planted 475 plants at Camp Honi Hanta. The 130-acre Girl Scout Camp is located on the shores of the Braden River in Manatee County. The project involved removing an old concrete seawall and restoring the shoreline to a more natural habitat. The Girl Scouts did the planting ...
  • Herb Dolan Living Shore Project July 28, 2011 Woodruff & Sons, a local construction company working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, recently completed a restoration project at Herb Dolan Park located in the City of Bradenton Beach. The “living shoreline” project, the first of its kind in Sarasota Bay, involved removing existing concrete rubble and replacing it with a fortified, yet naturally ...
  • North Lido Beach Restoration April 15, 2011 Local contractors working with the SBEP completed the development of a new tidal tributary at North Lido Park adjacent to the beach access in March. The major restoration project will improve about 30 acres on the 70 acre site. The project involved removing non-native vegetation, excavating the tidal wetland, contouring the upland area, creating dunes, ...

Bay Partners Grant Program

PIER Education

Nature Trips

  • Myakka River State Park September 4, 2011 Randy Moore, Bryan Moore and their amazing dog Diego recently visited Myakka Park for a short hike that included climbing the 74-foot tower and canopy walkway. Completed in 2000 after 2,571 hours of construction time, the unique structure was the first public treetop trail in North America. It offers an impressive view of treetops, wetlands, ...
  • Phillippi Creek April 1, 2011 Phillippi Creek
  • Mangrove Tunnels March 25, 2011 Mangrove Tunnels