It’s June!

  A monthly e-newsletter sharing our nature news and events.
Demonstration Garden Tour at Shamrock Park
Join the master gardener volunteers as they provide free demonstration garden tours and advice on Florida gardening.
Meet at the central Demonstration Garden near the Nature Center.
Thursday, June 1,  9 – 10 a.m.
Demonstration Garden area
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
No registration needed.
All welcome!
Dr. C.B. Wilson Open House
Docents are available to answer your questions as you tour the first floor of the historic Dr. C.B. Wilson House. Learn about Dr. Wilson and other fascinating historical aspects of Sarasota County. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. These free open house tours are available Saturdays through October 2017.
Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4000 Honore Ave, Sarasota
No registration needed.
Fitness in the Park: Fit as a Fiddle for 50-plus
Looking for an opportunity to get a little fresh air, meet new people and get healthier and stronger? Join us for a walk to improve health, balance and overall fitness. Enjoy the exercise stations (especially for walkers 50-plus) along the trail. This is a gentle workout and not for advanced fitness buffs. The goal: to strengthen muscles, help minimize the risk of falls, instill a sense of well-being and quality of life through exercise and companionship. Wear comfortable athletic shoes and sun protection and/or hat and bring water. Be prepared to walk 1 – 2 miles on paved and relatively even unpaved trails.
Friday’s, June 2, 9,16, 23, 30 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota
Space unlimited
Guide: Sarasota County Staff
No registration needed.
Seasons and Serendipity Stroll at Shamrock Park
Join Sarasota County Volunteers, Master Naturalists and Shamrock Park Staff to stroll the trails of Shamrock Park. Learn how Florida’s changing seasons bring us new flowers and birds’ nests, insects and animal activity. A little serendipity will find things in unexpected places!
Friday, June 9,  9 11 a.m.
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
Space limited to 20
Guide: Sarasota County Volunteers and
Park Naturalist
Register here for this event. 
Join the Lemon Bay F.I.S.H. Project
Calling all F.I.S.H. – Folks Interested in Submerged Habitats!
Get a little wet, have a little fun and learn a lot! Join American Littoral Society Biologist, Chuck Idelberger, on a search for marine life in Lemon Bay. Using hand and seine nets, you will search shallow waters and seagrass beds, observing, collecting, and discussing the natural history of some of the many interesting fishes and other animals that inhabit the bay.
Saturday, June 109:30 – 11:30 a.m.    
570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood
Space is unlimited.
Guide: Chuck Idelberger, American
Littoral Society Biologist
For registration, please call Chuck Idelberger directly at 941-488-8998.
A Walk Along the Mangroves with Denny and Al
Sarasota County volunteers, amateur botanists and Florida Native Plant Society members, Denny Girard and Al Squires will lead you on this educational walk along the scenic Lemon Bay Park mangrove-lined shoreline, sharing their boundless knowledge of botany, plant identification, and lore of the plants.
Wednesday, June 14,  9 11 a.m.
570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood
Space limited to 20
Guide: Volunteers Denny Girard and Al Squires
Register here for this event. 
Summer Spiders at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr., Memorial Reserve
Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist for a unique opportunity to learn about the many types of spiders in Florida’s oak hammocks and pine flatwoods. This walk is intended for ages 8 and up. Meet at Carlton Reserve, at the main parking area kiosk.
Thursday, June 15,  9 10 a.m.
1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice
Guide: Sarasota County Environmental Specialist
Register here for this event. 
Meet at Carlton Reserve, at the main parking area kiosk.

Monthly Rain Barrel Workshop and Sales


Learn how the use of rain barrels can conserve water, save money by reducing the use of potable water in landscapes (lower utility bills), and reduce stormwater runoff by storing and diverting runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs). Practical tips on the construction and installation will be provided. Rain barrels will be for sale for $37 each, includes tax and spigot assembly. Cash or check accepted.


SaturdayJune 17, 10 – 11 a.m.
6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota
Contact: David Pouso, Sarasota County Environmental Specialist, 941-861-5000


To register for this free class go to Eventbrite.

For more nature based events for you and your family, please be sure to visit the links on the right column of this newsletter.


Go outside

and play!


Registration Process for Nature Events

Look for ‘View Activities’ (if you already have an account), orSIGN UP HERE (if you need to open up a new household account).


Attached here are directions to help you set up a ‘household’ account to sign up for a free nature event.

Please remember the 3 R’s.
Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle, when visiting your parks and environmental lands!

Please use appropriate containers for recycles and trash.

When visiting a preserve or environmental land where there are limited trash receptacles, please remember to ‘Pack it in. Pack it out.’

Leave nothing but your footprints and thank you for caring.

For more information on the three R’s for your home and business, visit Sarasota County Solid Waste for useful information.

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