To live in harmony with the Florida environment, we need to be aware of how our lives intersect with and affect it. We offer information about the animal and plant species that live here, as well as the coasts, estuaries, forests, swamps, lakes, hammocks, and wetlands that make our state unique, so you can enjoy—and help preserve—these treasures.

Learn more about how Extension helps you protect and enjoy the natural resources of Sarasota County and Florida, through the following programs:

Chemicals in the EnvironmentChemicals in the Environment

Promotes responsible use of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals to limit unintended impacts to the health of humans, animals and the environment. 

Ecology and Natural ResourcesEcology and Natural Resources

Educates and empowers citizens by promoting awareness of our diverse natural resources, and fostering connections with and conservation of our unique and vulnerable ecosystems by providing environmental education, outdoor recreation, and wellness opportunities.

Marine and CoastalMarine and Coastal

Provides residents, businesses and agencies with education, hands-on experience and other tools to preserve the quality and abundance of coastal and marine resources, in ways that highlight the social and economic benefits of these ecosystems.

Solid Waste ReductionSolid Waste Reduction

Works with residents, businesses, volunteers, and community organizations to develop and implement waste diversion and resource reduction strategies that decrease waste generation, to create a healthier, more sustainable Sarasota County.

Water ResourcesWater Resources

Uses education and citizen science to increase awareness of water connectedness to build a conservation ethic that will sustain and protect our water supply and preserve our quality of life.


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