Phillippi, Shamrock, Curry, Carlton: November
A monthly e-newsletter sharing our nature news and events.
Pooches at the Preserve
Leash up your pooch and join us for a fun and informative dog-friendly nature walk through the preserve. Enjoy the shaded trails with your four-legged companion; learn about dog etiquette, dog safety in natural areas, owner responsibilities and so much more “pooch-tacular” information. For better manageability, participants are limited to two dogs per person. Please be sure to bring pet waste bags and dog treats (optional) and remember, all dogs must be on a leash at all times during the walk.
Tuesday, November 1, 9 – 11 a.m.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market – 8th Season!
Sponsor: Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP)
Enjoy local fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants for sale as well as local foods and artisan crafts. Experience live music and free parking. Plenty of volunteers ready to assist you. Pets on a leash are always welcome at the market.
Every Wednesday, enjoy a FREE, narrated historical tour of the Edson Keith Mansion at 10 a.m. The tour includes the history of the early beginnings of the Sarasota Community. Meet at the front porch prior to the start time.
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.
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, November 4, 11, 18, 25
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota
Guides: Sarasota County Park Staff
No registrations are needed.
What’s that?! Plant and Animal ID Hike at Curry Creek Preserve
Join super sleuth, Jeff Weber, at Curry Creek Preserve, an urban natural area site, as he leads you on an explorative journey of discovery through pine flatwoods and oak hammocks highlighting both native and non-native plants and animals of the preserve. No matter what the season, there is always something beautiful in bloom or the potential to see interesting wildlife.
Tuesday, November 8, 9 – 11 a.m.
Fall Flowers Hike at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve
Join Sarasota County volunteer guides, amateur botanists and Florida Native Plant Society members, Denny Girard and Al Squires as they lead you on a hunt for fall wild flowers at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve. Enjoy the hike while they guide you through scrub, flatwoods, and coastal woodlands; share information about native vegetation; and a search for Florida Scrub-jays that make their home on this preserve.
Wednesday, November 9, 9 – 11 a.m.
Autumn, but NOT in the “Poconos”
Ok, so visitors won’t see a landscape ablaze in fall color or even mountains, but Pocono Trail Preserve is a slice of paradise you’ll find delightful. Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist to explore shady woodland trails beneath beautiful live oaks and cabbage palms. Along the way, enjoy relaxing vistas looking out over Shakett Creek and nearby rookery islands home to a variety of wading birds.
Wednesday, November 9, 9 – 11 a.m.
‘Gators in the Neighborhood’ Workshop
“Even folks born and raised in Florida may not be aware of the American alligator’s quirky details and life history,” says Brooke Elias, Shamrock Park Naturalist. “This fascinating reptile hasn’t changed much since prehistoric times, but we still share our waterways and ponds with them.”
No matter how careful you think you are, it never hurts to be reminded that alligators may be nearby. Join expert Myakka River State Park Naturalist, Linda MacGrath at Shamrock Park’s classroom to learn more about the American alligator – where they live, how they lay eggs, protect their young and scout for territories. This workshop will share safety guidelines for families, pets and children, with plenty of hands-on exhibits. Refreshments will be served and kids will receive an alligator coloring book!
Wednesday, November 9, 7 – 8 p.m.
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
Speakers: Myakka River State Park’s Park Naturalist, Linda MacGrath and Sarasota County Staff
No registrations are needed.
Seasons and Serendipity Stroll at Shamrock Park
Florida does have seasons, not just for hurricanes and warm vs. hotter weather. Join Sarasota County Volunteer Master Naturalists and Shamrock Park Staff to stroll the trails, relying on changing seasons to bring us new flowers and birds’ nests, insects and animal activity. A little serendipity will find things in unexpected places!
Birding Diversity at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve
Calling all birding enthusiasts! Be tantalized and wowed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve). Join Sarasota County volunteer guide, 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. You won’t be disappointed!
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, November 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Full Moon Walk at Red Bug Slough
Join us on a special twilight hike to experience the mystery and intrigue of our natural areas after dark. Look and listen for the sights and sounds of early evening critters and learn about interesting legends and tales surrounding the full moon and other fascinating lunar phenomena. Please be sure to bring a flashlight and insect spray. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Search for Spiders at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve
Hike along with Sarasota County Parks staff at beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve), as you look for the fascinating diversity of arachnids and their webs. Along the way, learn about the many types of spiders in Florida’s oak hammocks and pine flatwoods.
Invasive Exotic Plants – Identification and Management Walk and Talk
Join Ray Vinson, Sarasota County Parks Naturalist, for a walk and talk to discover the wickedly invasive weeds of Sarasota County. Along the way, you will learn how to identify some of the most common invasive plant species, learn how these species are managed and find out about innovative research concerning biological control of invasive species.
Explore Celery Fields
Why is it called “Celery Fields”? Why is Celery Fields so popular? And just what is that mountain made of? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you join a Sarasota County Parks Naturalist on a guided walk through the Celery Fields. Be prepared to walk approximately two-miles along mostly unpaved and often uneven rocky or grassy surfaces, some of which will be uphill.
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.
To register for this free class go to Eventbrite.
Family Bike Adventures at the Beautiful Carlton Reserve
Got bikes? It’s perfect weather to grab the whole family to join us for an off-road wilderness bicycle ride through the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve) for approximately 1 to 2 hours. Expect to see lots of wildlife!
Sunday, November 20, 10 – 11 a.m.
1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice
Space limited to 12.
Guides: Sarasota County and Carlton Reserve volunteer guides, David Reynolds and Gary Vasbinder
From the Manasota to Pollyanna and Beyond
Join local history buff, Nancy Eaton at Pocono Trail Preserve to discover the interesting history of the preserve and the surrounding towns of Venice and Nokomis. Learn about people of the Manasota Culture, the interesting stories of local pioneers, including Dr. Fred Albee and the luxury hotel known at the Pollyanna Inn that once stood on this site. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful live oak and cabbage palm hammocks and occasional glimpses of Shakett Creek as you learn about the history of this interesting area.
In Search of Blooming Flowers at Shamrock Park
Join Sarasota County volunteer guides, amateur botanists and Florida Native Plant Society members, Denny Girard and Al Squires in a search for blooming flowers at the beautiful Shamrock Park. This easy trek has paths that are both paved and handicap accessible.
What’s that?! Plant and Animal ID Hike at Red Bug Slough Preserve
Explore a variety of natural habitats at Red Bug Slough Preserve with a Environmental Specialist, who will identify both native and non-native plants and resident wildlife inhabiting our preserves. No matter what the season, there is always something beautiful in bloom or the potential to see interesting wildlife.
|For more nature based events for you and your family, please be sure to visit the links on the right column of this newsletter.
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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