Sarasota County Seagrass Survey and Nature Festival
2019 Seagrass Survey & Nature Festival
- Date: 06/15/2019 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron
1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
- Introduction: Seagrass Survey: 8am – 1pm (registered volunteers can sign-in/pick up their packets & equipment from 7:30 – 8 a.m.)
Nature Festival: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy.
DESCRIPTION: Hosted by Sarasota County and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, the Seagrass Survey is a FREE, citizen-science event that encourages community members to explore the beautiful and mysterious seagrass habitats while increasing awareness of the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of seagrass ecosystems in Sarasota Bay. Volunteers will take to the waters in Sarasota Bay to survey seagrass habitats and collect data to contribute to Sarasota County’s Seagrass Monitoring Program. The information collected will aid in Sarasota County’s understanding of the health and productivity of our estuary. The Seagrass Survey is open to the public, with boaters, kayakers & paddleboarders, and snorkelers encouraged to participate. Seagrass Survey Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch for participating. Survey participants must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-seagrass-survey-tickets-55079708892 Registration is limited to 150 spots and is first come first serve.
Following the Seagrass Survey, stay for a nature festival back on land. This FREE, family-friendly festival It will feature educational exhibits, hands-on activities, music, food, and more. Wading trips to explore the creatures that live in the seagrass flats will be available for registration. On the trip, participants could find small fish, crabs, sea stars, urchins, and many more species!
PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SEAGRASS SURVEY: Seagrass Survey registration closes: Friday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m. Only open to the first 150 volunteers. Space limited, depending on ticket type. No experience is necessary. All volunteers will be trained by experts on-site the morning f the event. We do recommend that volunteer citizen scientists are comfortable being in and around the water. Snorkelers are required to provide their own equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt & weight). Volunteers are asked to bring a GPS device and dive flag, if they have them. All sampling equipment will be provided for the volunteers