Bay Guardian Volunteers

Join Us for the First Annual Sarasota Bay SeagrassFest!

SeagrassFest FINALtransbkgdThis Spring is the time to celebrate seagrasses in Sarasota Bay! The SBEP is teaming up with Sarasota County on April 30, 2016 at Ken Thompson Park to bring SeagrassFest to Bay area residents and visitors. While Sarasota County’s staff will be conducting its annual volunteer seagrass survey at Ken Thompson Park the same morning, the SBEP will collaborate with all of its partners to offer fun, family-friendly education and water-based activities highlighting the importance of seagrasses to the Bay. Attendees will also hear from our partner representatives about the ongoing efforts to restore, maintain, and enhance seagrasses throughout Sarasota Bay. Mark your calendars!

NEW! Want a sneak peek of the fun to come at the festival? Read on…

You’ll get your feet wet while dipnetting in seagrass beds with Around the Bend Nature Tours.

You’ll get up close and personal with estuarine creatures at the Mote Marine Mobile Exhibit.

You’ll take a trip around Sarasota Bay seagrass beds on Sarasota High School’s Carefree Learner.

To volunteer for SeagrassFest, email Darcy Young at with the subject line “SeagrassFest Volunteering”.

If you would like to host an educational booth or hands-on activity with a focus on seagrasses at SeagrassFest, please email Darcy Young at

Sarasota County is also seeking volunteers for the Seagrass Survey for the early morning of April 30 at Ken Thompson Park. Seagrass Survey volunteers must be able-bodied and have their own snorkel equipment. Volunteers with motorized vessels are especially needed. If you are interested in volunteering for the survey and meet the requirements, you can register online via EventBrite. Questions about the Seagrass Survey? Contact Ashley Melton at

Follow SeagrassFest on Facebook for updates!

3-22-16 Seagrass Flyer with logos PQ

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