Stroll. Garden. Get Fit. It’s October

  A monthly e-newsletter sharing our nature news and events.
Woodland Stroll on the Pocono
Join Sarasota County Environmental Specialist, Jeff Weber, as he leads you on a leisurely stroll through the shady woodlands at Pocono Trail Preserve in Nokomis. Enjoy the beautiful live oak and cabbage palm hammocks, occasional glimpses of wading birds along the shoreline, and learn about the history of this interesting area.
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 9 – 11 a.m.
Pocono Trail Preserve
189 Pocono Trail East, Nokomis
 
Guide: Sarasota County
Environmental Specialist.
Space is limited to 20.
Register here for this event. 
Phillippi Farmhouse Market – 9th Season!
Sponsor:  Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP)
It’s back! Join the outdoor fun on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Enjoy local fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants for sale as well as local foods and artisan crafts and live music! Volunteers are ready to assist you and there is plenty of free parking. Pets on a leash are always welcome at the market.
During market hours, enjoy FREE, narrated historical tours of the Edson Keith Mansion starting at 10 a.m. The tour includes the history of the early beginnings of the Sarasota Community.
Wednesdays through April 25, 2018
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 South Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota
 

All are welcome! 

Demonstration Garden Tour at Shamrock Park
Join the master gardener volunteers as they provide free demonstration garden tours and advice on Florida gardening. Plan on 1 to 2 hours for this event depending on weather and other factors. Meet at the central Demonstration Garden near the Nature Center.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.
Shamrock Park and Nature Center
Demonstration Garden area
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
 
No registration needed.
All are welcome! 
So We Can’t Burn…Now What?
Prescribed Fire and Other Habitat Management Techniques
Join Sarasota County Environmental Specialist on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9-11 a.m. at Red Bug Slough Preserve to hear about creative and innovative strategies land managers use when neighborhoods are in close proximity to natural areas. Learn about widely used practices and some of the unique challenges involved with managing these sites. Participants will learn about methods used to maintain and support fire dependent habitats, techniques to mitigate wildfire danger and how staff protects rare species and habitats while balancing the needs of public recreation.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Red Bug Slough
5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota
 
Guide: Sarasota County
Environmental Specialist.
Space is limited to 20.
Register here for this event. 
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 designed 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.
Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Urfer Family Park
4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota
 
Space is unlimited.
Guide: Sarasota County staff.
No registration needed.
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, October 7, 14, 21, 28
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Urfer Family Park
4000 Honore Ave, Sarasota
 
No registration needed. 
What’s That? Plant and Animal Identification Hike at Curry Creek Preserve
Join Sarasota County Environmental Specialist and super sleuth Jeff Weber at Curry Creek Preserve, an urban natural area site, as he leads participants 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.
Monday, Oct. 9,  9 – 11 a.m.
Curry Creek Preserve East         
1500 Pinebrook Rd., Venice
 
Guide: Sarasota County
Environmental 
Specialist.
Space is limited to 20.
 
Register here for this event. 
A Walk Through Ligon Section at Sleeping Turtles Preserve North with Denny and Al
Join Sarasota County volunteers, amateur botanists and Florida Plant Society members, Denny Girard and Al Squires as they explore meandering canopied river trails. Discover the beauty of the blooming wildflowers that appear in the fall.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9 – 11 a.m.  
Sleeping Turtles Preserve North
3462 Border Road, Venice
Guide: Sarasota County volunteers.
Space is limited to 20.
 
Register here for this event. 
 
Fall Wildflower Walk
Join a park naturalist for a pleasant walk along the 1.5 miles of paved and unpaved trails. You will visit pine flatwoods and the edges of two different wetlands where you will see a variety of wildflowers, blooming grasses and trees full of fall berries.
Bring your camera, or just come along for the beauty of it.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Urfer Family Park
4000 Honore Ave, Sarasota
 
Guide: Sarasota County Park
Naturalist.
Meet at the pavilion.
 
Register here for this event.
“Learn to Know the Wild Things” Bird Identification Class
A Four Part Bird ID Class Series on Thursday Mornings
Bird watching is an adventure, and the fastest growing outdoor activity in America. The final class will be outdoors to locate and identify birds in the park. Each participant will need a field guide and binoculars for sessions 2 thru 4. The course leader will have a limited number of binoculars to loan out. This series of classes is for beginners and those who would like a refresher. Classes will be taught by Charlie Sample of Venice Area Audubon Society, an expert birder with 65 years’ experience in the art of birding. The material taught in this series is best suited for adults.
Thursday, October 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2
10 a.m. –  Noon     
Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center
570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood
 

Reservations are required.

Please contact Katie Balcerzak at
941-786-2738 or cerzak2@yahoo.com.


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! Plan on 1 to 2 hours for this event depending on weather and other factors.
Friday, Oct. 13, 8 – 10 a.m.
Shamrock Park and Nature Center
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
 
Space is limited to 20.
Guide: Sarasota County volunteers and
Park Naturalist.
Register here for this event. 
Growing Up Wild – For Young Naturalists at Shamrock Park
Join ‘Project Wild’ facilitator Janie Ewell to explore Florida wildlife through engaging activities, exhibits and outdoor exploration.
Young naturalists will love wild Florida!
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Shamrock Park and Nature Center
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
Ages 6-12. Families welcome.
Parent/guardian must accompany children.
 
Call 941-404-6336 to register. 
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 about marine life in shallow waters and seagrass beds. This hands-on experience includes observing, collecting, and discussing the natural history of some of the many interesting fishes and other animals that inhabit the bay.
 
Saturday, Oct. 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.     
Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center
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 in the Shade with Denny and Al at Lemon Bay Park
Join Sarasota County volunteers, amateur botanists and Florida Plant Society members, Denny Girard and Al Squires for an informative walk and talk in the flatwoods of Lemon Bay Park. Enjoy the blooming saltbush and other fall flowers.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9 -1 1 a.m.
Lemon Bay Park 
570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood
 
Space is limited to 20.
Guide: Sarasota County volunteers.
Register here for this event. 
 

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, which includes tax and spigot assembly. Cash or check accepted.

 

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Twin Lakes Park
6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota
 
Contact: David Pouso,
Sarasota County Environmental Specialist, 941-861-5000.

To register for this free class go to Eventbrite.

A Summer Farewell Walk with Denny and Al
Join amateur botanists and Florida Native Plant Society members Denny Girard and Al Squires to search for the nectar-filled white blooms of the Summer Farewell at Shamrock Park. As its name implies, Sumer Farewell blooms in late summer and early fall. It attracts many pollinators, particularly bees, and is a larval host for the southern dogface butterfly.  This easy trek has paths that are paved and accessible trails.
Wednesday, Oct. 25,  9 – 11 a.m.

Shamrock Park and Nature Center
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
 
Guide: Sarasota County volunteers.
Space is limited to 20.
Register here for this event. 
Slither and Hiss: Snakes of Florida
Join a Sarasota County Parks Naturalist to learn about Florida’s variety of snakes. Topics include how to identify common snake species and how to live with snakes in your home landscape. Children welcome. BE PREPARED to see live snakes!
          
Saturday, Oct. 28,  9 – 10 a.m.
Urfer Family Park
4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota
 
Guide:  Sarasota County
Park Naturalist.
Meet behind the Historic
C.B Wilson House.
 
Register here for this event.
Nature Center Open House and Tour at Shamrock Park
Come to an open house hosted by the park naturalist and volunteers for a VIP tour and behind the scenes look at Shamrock Park. Our  natural history exhibits include real wildlife taxidermies, reptile specimens, Calusa Indian artifacts, a Kids Corner and lots more! This is a family-friendly event for all ages.
Saturday, Oct. 28,  2 – 4 p.m.
Shamrock Park and Nature Center
3900 Shamrock Dr., Venice
 
Guides: Sarasota Park Naturalist
and volunteer staff.
 
All ages welcome!
Explore Nature With Your Todder
Bring your toddler and connect with nature in fun and creative ways. This program includes a nature walk, hands-on activities and group play as well as storytime, finger plays or songs. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, water, sunscreen insect repellent and blanket to sit on for story time.
Sunday, Oct. 29, 10 – 11 a.m.
Urfer Family Park
4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota
 
Children must be accompanied by
a parent or guardian. Space is limited.

 

Meet at the pavilion.
Register here for this event.
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!

 

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

Please use appropriate containers for recycling 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.

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