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One of the many benefits of living more sustainably is that it builds community. Volunteer, take a class or tour, attend an event, speak up for a cause. You’ll find satisfaction in making community connections and sharing in building community health and prosperity. Our Community Events Calendar is the only one of its kind bringing all of these local Suncoast opportunities to you in one place.

Venice Area Audubon Grand Lake at Wellen Park Field Trip

  • Nature
Apr 22 08:00AM

The newly-developed Grand Lake at Wellen Park served up 51 species at a walk in January. No guarantees this time out, but it promises to be an enjoyable, slow-paced stroll on a...

Oyster Reef Ball Construction

  • Water
  • Nature
Apr 22 09:00AM

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build oyster reef balls at Tampa Bay Watch Marine Education Center.

Eco Paddle Tour – Indian Mound Park

  • Nature
Apr 22 09:00AM

Members and their guests are invited to paddle with us. Paddlers will explore the mangroves, seagrass areas, and bird life near the launch site at Indian Mound Park.

Talks from the Dock – A Virtual Earth Day Exploration

  • Water
  • Nature
Apr 22 09:00AM

Celebrate Earth Day with Mote Marine Laboratory. Go on a seashore safari with us without getting wet during our virtual excursion into Sarasota Bay.

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup

  • Nature
Apr 22 09:00AM

Celebrate Earth Day by helping to reduce our human impact on the oceans and the environment! Prepare to get muddy at this low-tide opportunity to clean the mangrove shoreline of...

Learn to Build a Worm Bin

    Apr 22 04:00PM

    Learn how to build your own worm composting bin with the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County faculty.Get wormy with us! Learn how to build your own worm composting bin with the...

    Moonlit Paddle – Kayaking with Mote

    • Water
    • Nature
    Apr 22 06:45PM

    Kayaking does not get much cooler than this. Take a break from the sun and join us for an evening paddle as we explore Floridas coastal waters at dusk.

    Volunteer Work Crew

    • Nature
    Apr 23 07:00AM

    Volunteers meet at the Preserve on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to do maintenance and enhancement projects. Activities include planting new native plants, maintaining and...

    EcoWalk: Incredible Aquatic Invertebrates!

    • Nature
    Apr 23 09:00AM

    Join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator on a tour to learn about the link between aquatic insects, water quality, and more!Aquatic insects, like dragonfly nymphs,...

    Robinson Preserve Tram Tour

    • Nature
    Apr 23 10:00AM

    Immerse yourself in Robinson Preserve on our new electric tram tour. Join our knowledgeable guides to discover the history, wildlife, and ecosystems of this unique coastal gem....

    Energy Upgrade Workshop

    • Energy
    • Water
    Apr 23 12:00PM

    Learn energy-, water-, and cost-saving strategies at home. Receive a DIY kit to help you get started on your savings!Join us for this 1-hour workshop where you'll learn energy-,...

    Moonlit Paddle – Kayaking with Mote

    • Water
    • Nature
    Apr 23 05:00PM

    Kayaking does not get much cooler than this. Take a break from the sun and join us for an evening paddle as we explore Floridas coastal waters at dusk.

    Copy of Small Farm Startup School

      Apr 23 06:30PM

      Take a serious step to becoming a farmer, with this UF/IFAS, eight-week series covering business planning, marketing and productionTake a serious step forward in becoming a farmer...

      Audubon Guided Bird Walk – Glebe Park

      • Nature
      Apr 24 08:00AM

      John Groskopf will lead you through this community park on Siesta Key as you look for small migrant birds.

      Phillippi Farmhouse Market

      • Food
      Apr 24 08:00AM

      The Phillippi Farmhouse Market is Sarasota’s mid-week farmers market. The Farmhouse Market is open from 8 AM to 1 PM every Wednesday, October through April, at Phillippi Estate...

      Planting Event at Perico Preserve

      • Water
      • Nature
      Apr 24 09:00AM

      Please join us for a planting event at Perico Preserve. Oyster River Ecology was awarded a Caring for our Coast Grant to purchase over 1,000 plants and a watering system to get...

      Growing Gardeners! (webinar)

        Apr 24 11:00AM

        Dig in to discover resources, tools, and community connections related to gardening--including edible plants--in FloridaBack by popular demand- This class was part of our...

        Planning to Protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor Part Three – The Planning Toolbox

        • Energy
        • Food
        • Waste
        • Water
        • Nature
        Apr 24 12:00PM

        Part three of a free four-part online, seminar conducted in partnership with the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning

        Lakeside Living for Southwest Florida Residents

          Apr 24 12:00PM

          Ponds and lakes are important community features. Lear about best practices for living responsibly around these precious water resources.This class is part of our "Sarasota County...

          Florida-Friendly Landscaping™: Planting Trees for the Suncoast

            Apr 24 01:00PM

            Learn about Florida-friendly trees that thrive in the Suncoast region of Florida. Participants will receive a native tree (one/household).The Suncoast region lost substantial...

            Wildlife Spotlight: Seahorses and Pipefish

            • Nature
            Apr 24 06:00PM

            Let's discover a fascinating family of fish - the Sygnathids! Learn about the amazing adaptations and lifecycle of seahorses and pipefish and the conservation efforts put in place...

            Stelliferous – Mayan Astronomy

            • Nature
            Apr 24 07:00PM

            Join us in The Planetarium at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature as we explore the Mayan masters of astronomy.

            Volunteer Work Crew

            • Nature
            Apr 25 07:00AM

            Volunteers meet at the Preserve on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to do maintenance and enhancement projects. Activities include planting new native plants, maintaining and...

            City of Anna Maria Farmers Market

            • Food
            Apr 25 08:30AM

            Every Tuesday beginning October 12, 2021 and continuing through May 10, 2022, the City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market at City Pier Park at the corner of Pine Avenue...

            Oyster Reef Ball Construction

            • Water
            • Nature
            Apr 25 09:00AM

            Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build oyster reef balls at Tampa Bay Watch Marine Education Center.

            Englewood Farmers Market

            • Food
            Apr 25 09:00AM

            Local and organic fresh produce, baked goods, meats, seafood, dairy, plants, herbs, prepared foods, honey, syrups, sauces, salsa and more every Thursday October through May.

            Purple Martin Nest Houses Check

            • Nature
            Apr 25 10:00AM

            Join us at the Nature Center on Thursdays and Sundays during March and April when we take down the Purple Martin houses to observe an egg count and see baby birds.

            Lemon Baywatch Oyster Ambassadors

            • Water
            • Nature
            Apr 25 10:00AM

            The Lemon BayWatch Team of Lemon Bay Conservancy is pursuing their goal of improving the water quality of Lemon Bay through the use of vertical oyster gardens.

            Green Explorers: Chasing Gravity

            • Nature
            Apr 25 10:00AM

            “Sir Issac Newton once said, "What goes up must come down.” This renowned scientist was talking about gravity! From the ant to the elephant, gravity is a force of nature that...