Join SBEP and Sarasota County for the 5th Annual Sarasota County Seagrass Survey and Festival at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on June 15th from 8am - 2pm.

The Seagrass Survey is a FREE, citizen-science event that encourages community members to explore beautiful and mysterious seagrass habitats while increasing awareness of the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of seagrass ecosystems in Sarasota Bay. Volunteers will take to the water in Sarasota Bay to survey seagrass habitats and collect data to support the Sarasota County’s Seagrass Monitoring Program.

Following the Seagrass Survey, stay for a Seagrass Festival! This FREE, family-friendly festival will feature educational exhibits, hands-on activities, music by Sara Nelms, food, and more. Dipnetting trips to explore the creatures that live in the seagrass flats will be available for registration. On the trip, keep an eye out for small fish, crabs, sea stars, urchins, and many more species!

Group of Seagrass Survey participants
Seagrass Survey Snorkelers

Seagrass Survey & Festivities Agenda:

7:30am - 8:00am: Volunteer Sign-In/Packet & Equipment Pick-up
8:00am - 9:00am: Volunteer Orientation & Training
9:00am - 12:00pm: Data Collection (Survey)
11:00am - 2:00pm: Educational exhibits, hands-on activities, music, food, and more! FREE & open to the public
12:00pm: Volunteers Return (Check-In). Each survey volunteer will receive a free lunch voucher that can be used at any food truck vendor at the Seagrass Festival upon checking data sheets & field equipment back in
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Seagrass Survey Volunteer Luncheon

Underwater photo of turtle grass

Zero Waste Challenge - Receive a raffle entry!

This year, SBEP and Sarasota County with the help of Sunshine Community Compost are hoping to achieve a completely zero waste Seagrass Survey and send nothing to the landfill this year. We need you to help us! All those who participate in the zero waste challenge will receive entry into the raffle. To participate, you must:

  • Bring your own coffee thermos and/or reusable water bottle (we will have filling stations)
  • Bring your own plate, cutlery, and reusable cloth napkin
  • Take a couple of extra seconds at the waste recovery station to learn how composting is connected to water.

For a bonus raffle entry:

Clean Plate Club - reducing overall waste also includes reducing how much food, compostable plates, cutlery, and napkins we add to the compost pile. Although food scraps and single use compostable service ware can be recovered, the large amount of water and energy used to produce and transport food and single use compostables are lost. Try to take only take what you will eat. If you or someone in your family usually doesn't eat everything, bring food containers to take extra food home after the event. We'd love to see only peels and empty plates at the end of the day!

Seagrass Survey Raffle Prizes Sign
Raffle Prize images

Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors!