2019 Seagrass Survey

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Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Seagrass Survey! Registration for the volunteer survey is currently closed. However, we welcome you to join us afterward for our annual Seagrass and nature festival on April 27, 2019 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida). This FREE, family-friendly festival is OPEN TO EVERYONE. Stop by to enjoy music and food as well as nature-themed games, crafts, and other hands-on activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Sarasota, FL 34236

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Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Seagrass Survey! Registration for the volunteer survey is currently closed. However, we welcome you to join us afterward for our annual Seagrass and nature festival on April 27, 2019 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida). This FREE, family-friendly festival is OPEN TO EVERYONE. Stop by to enjoy music and food as well as nature-themed games, crafts, and other hands-on activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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2019 Seagrass Survey

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The 2019 Seagrass Survey and Festival have been POSTPONED to a date TBD.

Join us for the 5th Annual Sarasota County Seagrass Survey at the Sarastota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thomphson Parkw). The Seagrass Survey is June 15. 2019 from 8:00am-1:00pm (volunteer sign-in begins at 7:30am). Following the Seagrass Survey, stay for a Seagrass Festival which extends from 11:00am-1:00pm. This FREE, family-friendly festival will feature educational exhibits, hands-on activities, music, food, and more. Wading trips to explore the creatures that live in the seagrass flats will be available for registration. On the trip, participants could find small fish, crabs, sea stars, urchins, and many more species!

The Seagrass Survey is a FREE, citizen-science event that encourages community members to explore the 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 contribute to Sarasota County’s Seagrass Monitoring Program and celebrate Sarasota County’s commitment to protecting our water. The information collected will aid in Sarasota County’s understanding of the health of our estuary. The Seagrass Survey is open to the public, with boaters, kayakers & paddle boarders, and snorkelers encouraged to participate. No experience is necessary because all volunteers will be trained by experts on-site the morning of the event. All registered volunteers receive a free shirt and lunch voucher to be used at one of the food truck vendors present for the event.

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 and 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

This year, SBEP and Sarasota County, with the help of Sunshine Community Compost, are going completely zero waste, and we challenge you to help us do that. All those who participate in the zero waste challenge will receive entry into the raffle!

Zero Waste Challenge:

• Bring your own coffee thermos and/or reusable water bottle (we will have filling stations)

• Take a couple 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 we add to the compost pile. Although food scraps can be recovered, the large amount of water and energy used to grow and transport food are lost. Only take what you will eat, and if you or someone in your family usually doesn't eat everything, bring a small tupperware to take extra food home. We'd love to see only peels and empty plates at the end of the day 🙂

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