Friends of Sarasota County Parks Mission Statement: Our mission is to promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands through activities, fund raising, and volunteer efforts.

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    Sarasota at Play in May

    A monthly e-newsletter sharing our nature news and events. Birding Diversity at the Carlton Reserve Calling all birding enthusiasts! Be tantalized and wowed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautifulĀ Carlton Reserve. Join local birder, Charlie Sample, as he leads …

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    Amateur Sand Sculpture May 7

    44th annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest returns to Siesta Beach   SARASOTA COUNTY – Have some fun in the sun and sand as Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources hosts the 44th annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest on Siesta Beach on Saturday, May 7. …

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    Legacy closing times in May

    The Legacy Trail will be closed for maintenance periodically throughout the month of May. Sections of between 1 to 3 miles will be closed for periods of 1 to 5 days, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The trail will be open on weekends and …

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    Last Day of Phillippi Season

    Phillippi Farmhouse MarketĀ is open for one final day, Wednesday April 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Wednesday will be the final market of Phillippi Farmhouse Market’s 7th season. The market is seasonal, from the first Wednesday in October to the last Wednesday in April …

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    April in Sarasota’s Parks

    A monthly e-newsletter sharing our nature news and events. Hike for your Heart! Just another justification to get outdoors…a healthy heart! Take in the scenery of Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, located along the beautiful ‘Wild and Scenic’ Myakka River, while enjoying some vigorous cardio activity …

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    Thanks for all the help!

    Shade is Good is in start-up mode. We are grateful to all our supporters who are helping us stand on our feet. Our new Website is coming, with Shade is Good products, very soon!  

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Volunteer Opportunities

Watch this area for specific ways to help our parks. Have a few hours to give?