October Parks Events still on Tap

The weather is cooler and perfect for an outing in beautiful Sarasota County.

With that in mind, here are the remaining October nature events for you!


Walk, Learn and Exercise!Join Sarasota County volunteer Tina Sebastian on a fast paced walk through Lemon Bay Park. This 2-3 mile loop walk will take you through pine flatwoods and along Lemon Bay’s shoreline. Learn some fascinating facts about the native plants that grow here.

Friday, October 239-11:30 a.m. and

Wednesday, October 289-11:30 a.m.    

Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center 

570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood

Space unlimited.

Guides:  Tina Sebastian,

Sarasota County volunteer

No registrations necessary.  All welcome!

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Birding Diversity at the Carlton ReserveCalling all birding enthusiasts! Be tantalized and wowed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautiful Carlton Reserve. Join local birder, Charlie Sample, as he leads you on a birding nature journey. Don’t miss this opportunity to help document the multitude of bird species on the Carlton Reserve outback. You won’t be disappointed!

Saturday, October 24, 7:15 a.m.-1 p.m.           

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 

1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice

Space limited to 14.

Guide: Charlie Sample,

Sarasota County Volunteer


Registration info here for this event.  



Spooky Stories in the Dark at Shamrock ParkSometimes, just as dusk is settling into the darker part of night, the air is filled with whispers and unsettling sounds. Could it be the spirits of long-dead pirates, still searching for lost buried treasure? Or the fabled skunk ape, a grotesque creature folks say they’ve glimpsed in the woods? Join park staff for a walk in the dark, storytelling and surprises at Shamrock Park and Nature Center. Bring flashlights and your own scary stories to share. Safe costumes are welcome! Advanced registrations appreciated.

Saturday, October 247-8:30 p.m.  

Shamrock Park and Nature Center

3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice

Space limited to 30.

Guide: Brooke Elias, Sarasota County Park Naturalist

Registration info here for this event.  



Fun, Fascinating Facts about Plants!Did you know that sea purslane has been used to clean stagnant waters? Have you heard the legend that inspired the name of Spanish moss? Join Florida Master Naturalist Tina Sebastian for a leisurely walk and discover fascinating facts about the plants that grow there.

Friday, October 309-11:00 a.m.   

South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve 

5472 Kenisco Rd., Venice

Space limited to 20.

Guides:  Tina Sebastian,

Sarasota County volunteer

Registration info here for this event.  




Deborah Zeilman

Community Outreach Specialist

Sarasota County Government

Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941-320-2302 Fax 941-861-5204

Learn more at www.scgov.net

OR  www.discovernaturalsarasota.org
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We need the tonic of wildness and nature.”

– Henry David Thoreau