Events and Activities Guide - Summer/Fall

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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

June-December 2024

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES GUIDE
Red Bug Slough Preserve
This is an Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program (NPP) site that was acquired on Oct. 2, 2000.

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

GENERAL INFORMATION

SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION

Michael A. Moran

District 1 Commissioner, Chairman

Mark Smith

District 2 Commissioner

Neil Rainford

District 3 Commissioner

Joe Neunder

District 4 Commissioner, Vice Chairman

Ron Cutsinger

District 5 Commissioner

Jonathan R. Lewis

County Administrator

ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LANDS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (ESLOC)

Rhonda Deems Jono Miller, Chair Becky Allenbach Shana Hamel Tina Powell

Dr. Helen King, Vice Chair Bill Samuels Divya Puthanveetil Wendy Ying

PARKS ADVISORY AND RECREATION COUNCIL (PARC)

John Hinshaw Larry Prohs

Celeste Jameson Matt Scarbrough

Jono Miller Elsie Souza

Les Nichols, Vice Chair Michelle Stanley, Chair

Anna Jin Brett Thomas Leon Thibeaut

PARKS, RECREATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (PRNR) MANAGEMENT TEAM

Nicole Rissler, Director

Kim Heuberger, Senior Manager, Park Planning, Development and Internal Operations

Shawn Yeager, Senior Manager, Parks, Programming and Stewardship

Scott Moranda, Beaches and Water Access Manager

Shelia Roberson, Business Operations Manager

Frank Moritz, Parks Internal Operations Manager

Tony Clements, Natural Areas and Trails Manager

Kimber Bereiter, Parks Planning and Development Manager

Lauren Kabrick, Recreation and Neighborhood Parks Manager

Shelby Connett Hoffman, Sports Tourism, Facilities and Programming Manager

PRNR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

Sarasota County Administration Center 1660 Ringling Blvd., 5th Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236 Call 311 I SarasotaCountyParks.com I facebook.com/SRQCountyGov

MISSION

To provide clean, safe and inclusive parks with diverse opportunities for all.

VISION

A dynamic parks system that is essential to quality of life and enriches our community through participation, connection and diverse recreational opportunities.

VALUES

Stewardship, Preservation, Innovation, Respect, Inclusivity, Teamwork, Sustainability, Health and Wellness

ADA COMPLIANCE POLICY

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs and activities. View the complete policy at SarasotaCountyParks.com

Persons with disabilities who require assistance or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), or who wish to file a complaint, should contact: Sarasota County ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 311; TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Email: adacoordinator@scgov.com

CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources accepts major credit and debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) for payment of programs and services. The charge will appear on your statement as “Sarasota County Parks and Recreation.”

REFUNDS

Rental refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources prior to 30 days before the date of the reservation. Each refund request is subject to a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted if the request is received fewer than 30 days prior to the reservation date. Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources may reschedule the reservation if adverse environmental conditions occur, including local advisory for a tornado, hurricane watch or warning, imminent flood warning or red tide. Refund requests due to inclement weather that do not result in warnings/watches will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some programs may not allow refunds or may not allow refunds after a certain date; refer to specific program information. There is a $25 administration fee for program refunds where applicable. Programs whose total cost is less than $25 are not eligible for a refund. There are no refunds on passes.

DOG PARKS AND DOG-FRIENDLY PARKS

A dog park is a park for dogs to exercise and play off-leash under their owner’s supervision. At a dog-friendly park, dog owners can enjoy walking their dogs in designated areas, but they must be on a maximum 6-foot hand-held leash. For a list of Sarasota County dog parks and dog-friendly parks, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

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WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites you, now more than ever, to explore our vast park system, spanning 55,000 acres. From diverse natural areas to unique sporting venues, there are safe places for people of all ages and abilities to play, learn and grow. From pickleball to nature walks to signature events like the annual National Public Lands Day, we hope you will find the right event for you.

This Events and Activities Guide is organized into three parts: Recreation and Athletics, Beaches and Water Access and Natural Areas and Trails. Each area has a wide range of events and activities where you and your family can reconnect with nature, stay healthy, make new friends or just relax. Our playgrounds, beaches, trails, natural areas, athletic facilities, recreation centers and water access parks provide Sarasota County residents and visitors a broad range of opportunities to stay healthy and active.

Please enjoy the many events and activities that the Sarasota County park system has to offer.

NICOLE RISSLER

Director

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

Our recreation and community centers are available to rent for your next event. With rental spaces both inside and out, we can accommodate everything from a small private party to a business expo, sports tournament, wedding reception or concert seating for up to 900 guests. To view and request reservations at all our reservable facilities, including this gazebo at Phillippi Estate Park, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-7275 (PARK).

JOIN OUR INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. You are invited to connect with others in our community for a good cause!

To find the right opportunity for you, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

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ABOUT THIS EVENTS GUIDE

Want to get active?

Enjoy running on the beach?

Want to walk in nature?

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has the right activities for you! Check out all we have to offer and join in on the fun.

To help you find your favorite things to do, this guide is divided into three parts:

1) Recreation and Athletics

2) Beaches and Water Access

3) Natural Areas and Trails

Tables of Contents by activity, park and location are provided on the following pages.

This event guide is published twice a year and posted online. Events and activities are subject to change. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Email us at parksonline@scgov.net, or contact the Sarasota County Contact Center at 311.

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AT-A-GLANCE SYMBOLS AT-A-GLANCE SYMBOLS Bait Shop Baseball Field Basketball Beach Access Bicycling Birding/Wildlife Viewing Boat Ramp Camping Canoe/Kayak Launch Community Garden Concession Stand/Restaurant Dog-friendly (Leash Required) Dog Park Fishing Fishing Pier Fitness Center Fitness Equipment (Outdoor) Gymnasium Historical/Cultural Resource Horseshoes Indoor Rental Lifeguard Nature Center Pickleball Picnic Shelter/Pavilion Picnicking Playground Recreation Building Restrooms Rowing Facility Shooting Range Soccer Field Softball Field Swimming Tennis Trailhead (The Legacy Trail) Trails-Equestrian Trails-Paved Trails-Unpaved Volleyball

ATHLETIC LEAGUES

IMPACTS OF LEISURE AND RECREATION SERVICES

In this guide, we’ve categorized every event or activity according to the benefit, value and impact it offers. We urge you to dive into the broad spectrum of opportunities within leisure and recreation services that pave the way for positive results.

Community: Fosters a sense of community and belonging by bringing groups of people together for cultural, recreational and entertainment activities and experiences.

Education: Includes outdoor and hands-on learning opportunities, skills development, workshops, lectures and other engaging learning experiences for a wide range of topics and subjects.

Environmental: Provides a natural classroom for environmental education, nature exploration and hands-on learning experiences for participants while acting as environmental stewards and protecting local native habitats and wildlife.

Health and Wellness: Offers physical, mental and emotional wellness benefits to the individual and/or group participants; helping reduce stress, anxiety and promoting healthier lifestyles.

Physical: Opportunity for participants to engage in various forms of exercise and physical activity to encourage healthier lifestyles and improve overall fitness.

Social: Provides opportunity for people of different backgrounds, ages and abilities to interact and build social connections, engage with others and build relationships.

5 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311. CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS BY ACTIVITIES At-A-Glance Activities 6 TABLE OF CONTENTS BY TYPE OF PARK Recreation and Athletics ..................................................................................................................... 10 Beaches and Water Access 36 Natural Areas and Trails ....................................................................................................................... 44
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AT-A-GLANCE ACTIVITIES

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Park Number Park Page Number Baseball/Softball Basketball Bicycling Birding/Wildlife Viewing Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Concession/Restaurant Fishing/Fishing Pier Fitness Equipment (Outdoor) Horseshoes Pickleball Playground Soccer Tennis Trails-Equestrian Trails-Paved Trails-Unpaved Volleyball Trailhead (The Legacy Trail) Bee Ridge Park 1 12 • • • • • Carlton Reserve 2 46 • • • • • • • Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility 3 48 • • • • • Colonial Oaks Park 4 13 • • • • Curry Creek Preserve 5 49 • • • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (south entrance) 50 • • • • • • • • Englewood Sports Complex 7 15 • • • • • • • • Knight Trail Park 8 17 • • Laurel Park 8 18 • • • • • • • • Lemon Bay Park 51 • • • • • Longwood Park 11 19 • • • • • Manasota Beach Park 12 38 • • • • Manasota Scrub Preserve 13 52 • • Nathan Benderson Park 14 21 • • • • • • • Newtown Estates Park 15 22 • • • • • • • Nokomis Beach Park 16 38 • • • • • Nokomis Community Park 17 23 • • • • • • • • • • North Brohard Park 18 39 • • • North Jetty Park 18 39 • • • • • Old Miakka Preserve 54 • • Phillippi Estate Park 24 • • • • • • Pocono Trail Preserve 54 • • Selby Aquatic Center at Potter Park 25 • • • • • • Red Bug Slough Preserve 55 • • • • • Shamrock Park 56 • • • • • • • • Siesta Beach 40 • • • • • • • Sleeping Turtles Preserve North 57 • • • • Sleeping Turtles Preserve South 57 • • • • South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve 58 • • Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach 41 • • • • Turtle Beach Campground/ Turtle Beach Park 42 • • • • • Urfer Family Park 60 • • • • • Venice Beach 42 • • • Venice Community Center 26 • Venice Train Depot 32 • Woodmere Park 34 • • • • • • • • 35 36 34 32 22 33 30 31 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 19 10 9 6
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SIGNATURE EVENTS

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NAME LOCATION DATES PAGE Kids’ Summer Beach Runs Siesta Beach, North Brohard Park June 4-July 31 39, 40 World Ocean Day Siesta Beach June 8 40 Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Show Venice Community Center July 13 27 Back to School Youth Activity Fair Venice Community Center Aug. 17 27 National Public Lands Day Phillippi Estate Park Sept. 28 53 Phillippi Farmhouse Market Phillippi Estate Park November-April 24 Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular Ed Smith Stadium Oct. 19 10 Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival Siesta Beach Nov. 15-18 40 Veterans Day Rifle Competition Knight Trail Park Nov. 9 17 Veterans Day Camping Weekend Turtle Beach Campground Nov. 8-10 43 Food Truck Rally North Jetty Park Nov. 1, Dec. 6 39 Holiday Craft Show Englewood Sports Complex Dec. 7 16 Breakfast with Santa Laurel Park, Newtown Estates Park Dec. 7 18, 22 48th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run Siesta Beach Dec. 14 40 Winter Arts and Crafts Show Venice Community Center Dec. 14 28

Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month during the month of July! For the July calendar of events, follow us on Facebook at @SRQCountyGov or call 311.

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Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs and activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance).

RECREATION AND ATHLETICS

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has always provided a variety of recreational opportunities throughout Sarasota County and that proud tradition continues through a multitude of diverse opportunities within our park system.

Residents and visitors may enjoy attending one of our many special events throughout the year, such as the Sandy Claws Beach Run at Siesta Beach or the Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular at Ed Smith Stadium.

The county also offers Summer in the Parks, a program offering fun and safe summer recreation for children of many ages. Summer programs include Day Camp and many specialty camps.

Those looking for recreational programming more convenient to home may enjoy exercise classes, pickleball programs, community gardens, live music, community garage shows, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, tennis and more located at the nine recreation and community centers throughout Sarasota County. There are also specialty parks that offer shows, concerts, target shooting and historical tours.

In addition, the county partners with more than 100 leagues and organizations to provide athletic opportunities in a wide variety of sports such as baseball, football, soccer, softball, BMX, rowing and croquet, to name a few. Activities are available for all ages and skill-levels, from recreational to competitive play.

In partnership with Visit Sarasota County, the county also hosts numerous travel ball tournaments and sports tourism events throughout the year. These events provide opportunities for residents to compete, volunteer or spectate; and produce millions of dollars in economic impact for the local economy.

We invite you to come take part in all we have to offer!

Bring the whole family to Ed Smith Stadium for a spooktacular Halloween-themed movie shown on the outfield video board. Bring your blanket to watch from the stadium seating. Join us before the movie for games throughout the stadium. Concessions available. Coolers are not permitted. Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-9 p.m.

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is free, donations of non-perishable food items are accepted. Open to
Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com for more information. Ed Smith Stadium - 2700 12th St., Sarasota
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all ages.

ATHLETIC LEAGUES

This is not a comprehensive list of all athletic opportunities in Sarasota County. For athletic league and athletic field use inquiries, please contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

NORTH COUNTY LEAGUES

BASEBALL

Cal Ripken Baseball calripkensarasota.com

Central Sarasota Little League info@srqlittleleague.com

Sarasota Babe Ruth League sarasotababeruth.com

BMX

Sarasota BMX srqbmx1974@gmail.com

FOOTBALL

Sarasota Sun Devils (football and cheerleading) sarasotasundevils.us

LACROSSE

Seahawks Lacrosse Club info@seahawkslacrosse.com

SOCCER

FC Sarasota Soccer League (youth) fcsarasota.com

Sarasota Football Club (adult) sarasotafootballclub.com

Suncoast Soccer (youth) info@mysuncoastsoccer.com

Suncoast Sports Club, Inc. suncoastsportsclub.com

SOFTBALL

17th Street Softball (Sunday league) 17thstreetsoftball.com

Miss Sarasota Softball misssarasotasoftball.org

Sarasota Coed Softball (adult) coedball.com

Sarasota Senior Softball Association sarasotaseniorsoftball.org

SoCo Club Sport (softball, soccer, kickball) info@sococlubsport.com

SOUTH COUNTY LEAGUES

BASEBALL

Englewood Area Youth Baseball

englewoodareayouthbaseball.com

Venice Little League venicelittleleague.org

CROQUET

Sarasota County Croquet Club sarasotacountycroquet.com

FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING

Venice Vikings Pop Warner venicevikings.com

LACROSSE

Sarasota Seahawks Lacrosse info@seahawkslacrosse.com

SOCCER

Englewood Youth Soccer englewoodsoccer.com

Venice Area Youth Soccer venicesoccer.org

SOFTBALL

Englewood Senior Softball League

ed8508@comcast.net

Englewood Senior Women’s Legends League cindyee@verizon.net

Miss Englewood Fast Pitch missenglewoodsoftball.com

Miss Venice Fast Pitch missvenicefastpitch.com

Venice Senior Gold jmilesj24@gmail.com

Venice Senior Silver veniceseniorsoftball.webs.com

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BEE RIDGE PARK

4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

ACTIVITIES

BEE RIDGE PARK BLUEGRASS JAMMERS

Year-round / All ages / Pavilion / Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

The Bee Ridge Bluegrass Jammers are a positive, family-friendly group of musicians who provide weekly entertainment at Bee Ridge Park. The group consists of talented players and singers who love to entertain the audience by presenting traditional bluegrass favorites. This weekly event is an opportunity for musicians in the community to get together to jam and have fun. This is a non-profit event for persons to perform to local and seasonal visitors. Cost-free in a family friendly atmosphere. The jams take place weather permitting.

COED SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Softball fields / Sunday-Tuesday, 7-10 p.m.

Contact league representatives at coedballbeeridge@gmail.com for opportunities, cost and schedule.

COED SAND VOLLEYBALL

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Contact league / Sand volleyball courts / Dates and times vary

For play opportunities, cost and schedule, contact league representatives at 954-589-2180 or email info@sococlubsport.com.

COMMUNITY GARDENS IN PARKS

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up (under 18 must have adult supervision) / Garden / Daily, sunrise-sunset

Community gardens provide a place for individuals to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. Gardeners can improve their family health and nutrition while reducing food costs. Community gardens also benefit the neighborhoods where they are located by utilizing open space and promoting a sense of community pride. For a $40 membership fee, gardeners receive a garden plot, basic gardening tools, soil testing, compost and water. If you are interested in reserving a plot in one of our parks community gardens, contact UF/IFAS Extension at Twin Lakes Park by calling 311.

SAND VOLLEYBALL

Year-round / Ages: 10 and up / Fee: Free / Sand volleyball courts / Daily, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Open play on five lighted courts. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

ADVENTURE CAMP

June 3-July 26 / Ages: Entering sixth-eighth grade (ages 11-13 as of Sept. 1, 2023) / Fee: $707 / All rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps.

T-REC END OF SUMMER BASH

Aug. 16 / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Room B, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Teens and adults with disabilities are invitied to enjoy activities, food and fun! For more information and to register, please call 941-486-2595.

FREE AFTER SCHOOL DROP-IN TEEN CENTER

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This park offers outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).
Bee Ridge Park 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota Designed for youth ages 12-17, where teens can engage in recreation, learning and fun. To nd out more, email parksonline@scgov.net.
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COLONIAL OAKS PARK

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: Little Free Library and a community orchard. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

FOREVER FRIENDS (T-REC)

Year-round / Ages: 10 and up / Fee: Free / Room A / Third Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Join the volunteers of Forever Friends for an afternoon of fun, inspiration and activities. These events vary and may include music, crafts, snacks, games, special visitors and more. All individuals ages 10 and up with disabilities are invited to this free event. Family and caregivers are also welcome. For details, call Denise at 941-480-9390, email ForeverFriendsInc@yahoo.com or visit foreverfriendsinc.org

ICAN BASKETBALL YOUTH LEAGUE

Year-round / Ages: 5-15 / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Mondays For more details and information please contact ICan Basketball at 727-365-2741.

SOCCER SHOTS

June-December / Ages: 2-5 / Fee: Varies / Outdoor open space / Sunday mornings

Fun, age-appropriate intro to soccer classes for children ages 2-5. Classes focus on soccer skills and coordination development (age 2); skill development and character development in a non-competitive environment (ages 3-5). Parent participation is required for age 2 groups. For details, call 727-308-1200, or email sarasota@soccershots.org.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

June 3-July 26, Mini Camp: July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 -9 / Ages: Entering first-fifth grade / Fee: Varies / All rooms / MondayFriday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps.

COMPETITIVE CHEER

August-December / Fee: $10 a week / Room A / Mondays, 6:307:15 p.m., Ages: 4-6 / 7:15-8 p.m., Ages: 7-9 / 8-8:45 p.m., Ages: 10 +

Celebrating 35 years and over 150 locations nationwide! Champions in Motion is a low cost competitive cheer program that focuses on the fundamentals of cheerleading. For more, please visit CIMUSA.com

JAZZERCISE

August-December / All Ages / Fee: Varies / Monday-Friday / Room A

Jazzercise classes incorporate dance cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone your muscles in the ultimate full-body workout. For more information contact Karen Schroll at 847-361-5810 or karen7881@gmail.com.

PICKLEBALL

August-December / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Monday and Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

For information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. All sessions require online pre-registration. For more details, call 941-316-1330.

SUNCOAST SANDFLEAS UKULELE CLUB

August-December / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Room A / First Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

The Sandfleas is a group of amateur musicians of all levels who get together to play ukuleles, mostly, and sing songs of all eras. For more information, go to meetup.com and search for suncoastsandfleasukuleleclub.

TABLE TENNIS

August-December / Ages: 7 and up (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) / Fee: $7 per day, $35 per month, $45 per two months / Gymnasium / Monday, Wednesday, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

For details, call Heber Mercado at 787-327-2550 or email sarasotatabletennis@gmail.com.

ACE PICKLEBALL CLASS

September-December / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Call for dates and times

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis using solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. Students will learn how to play the fastest growing sport in America! All you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water. Paddles and pickleballs will be provided. T-shirts, shorts and sneakers are your best bet for added comfort. For more information, contact ACE (Adult and Community Enrichment) at 941-361-6590 or go to ace-sarasota.com.

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COLONIAL OAKS PARK (continued)

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota

TAI CHI AND QIGONG IN THE PARK

September-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $10 per class / Room A / Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient mind-body practices to help maintain or regain health, relieve stress and increase strength, flexibility, mind focus, clarity and creativity. Tai Chi is one of the most frequently recommended practices to increase balance. For details, contact Gail at 941-685-9050, or email gailpettit47@gmail.com.

WINTER VACATION IN THE PARKS

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 / Ages: Kindergarten-fifth grade / Fee: $160 for eight full days or $20 per day / Facility rooms / 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (No camp Dec. 24, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1)

This program offers fun, recreational and instructional activities with daily themes for children during the school break. Pre-registration is required. Register at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For more details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

SUNCOAST BASKETBALL CAMPS/CLINICS

Year-round / Ages 5-14 / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Days: Varies / Check website for dates and times

For details and information on upcoming basketball programs, please visit suncoastbasketball.com

SPECIAL EVENT

T-REC GLOW IN THE DARK BINGO

Nov. 14 / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Room A / Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.

All teens and adults with disabilities (and families/caregivers) are invited to get their glow on and enjoy an evening of exciting bingo games for a chance to win prizes in a dark room with black lights. All attendees are encouraged to shine bright by wearing their best fluorescent clothing. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 941-486-2595.

SARASOTA FENCING ACADEMY

Days and times vary / Ages 8-18

Experience the fast-paced world of Olympic Fencing with a Sarasota Fencing Academy Trial class. Whether you are looking for a unique fitness activity or looking to compete, fencing is an art, a dance, a duel and a sparring match all rolled into one. Contact SRQFA.com or email srqfa1@gmail.com for more information regard pricing and times.

Rental Facilities at Sarasota County Parks

With rental spaces both inside and out, we can accommodate everything from a small private party to a business expo, a sports tournament or a wedding reception. View facilities and request reservations at SarasotaCountyParks.com or by calling 311.

ENGLEWOOD SPORTS COMPLEX

1300 S. River Road, Englewood

Also features: Little Free Library. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

ACTIVITIES

BOOGIE CHAIR BY LAURENTZ

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $5 per class / Gymnasium / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.

Join this upper body and leg workout class that utilizes 1-2 pound weights (weights are not mandatory). This energetic and fun workout is done to music that’s so contagious, you’ll be singing while working out. Benefits of this class include improved upper and lower body strength and body toning. For more information, call 941-237-8983 or visit facebook.com/zumbawithlaurentz.

DROP IN BASKETBALL

Year-round / All ages / Fee: $3 / Gymnasium / Monday, Wednesday, Friday / 2-4 p.m. / Passes available Open gym basketball is available every weekday afternoon at no charge unless there is a facility rental. Basketballs are available. Participants must wear a shirt and sneakers and sign-in at the front desk.

DYNAMIC WALKING FITNESS

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $5 per class or $30 for 10 classes / Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join this popular adult fitness class that mixes walking with unique techniques and a variety of exercises incorporating cardio, balance, flexibility, coordination, core and upper body strength. Chairs are available along with modified exercises if needed. Benefits of this class include improved cardio and body toning. Contact the instructor, Dyan Beyer, for more details at 941-626-2399.

PICKLEBALL

Year-round / All Ages / Fees $3 (passes available) / Open Play Mondays and Fridays, 12-2 p.m. / Open Play Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. / Open Play Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. All sessions require online registration. For more details, call 941-861-1980.

SUPERKIDS MARTIAL ARTS

Year-round / Ages: 5 and up / Fee: Varies / Multi-purpose room / Monday-Thursday, evening times vary

Call or text “Info Kit” to instructor Derrick Maretti at 941-258-7254 to get your child(ren) registered for this martial arts program teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Help enhance your inner ninja!

60+ MENS BASKETBALL

Year-round / Ages: 60+ / Fee: Free / Saturdays and Mondays, 9-10 a.m. / Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.

Basketball play open to men ages 60 and up. Basketballs are available. Benefits of this activity include exercise and socialization. Call 941-861-1980 for registration information and more details.

TABLE TENNIS

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Activity room / Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m.

Bring your paddle and join us each week for a fun game of table tennis. Program is open to all levels. Loaner equipment is available. For details, call 941-861-1985.

YOGA CLASS

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $5 / Conference room / Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m.

This Hatha Yoga class is open to all levels and will explore posture, breathing and alignment. Create physical and mental strength and increase your range of motion, flexibility and stamina. Learn to deal with stress, release tension and relax. To register, contact the instructor, Denise Manguse, at 941-468-7327.

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ENGLEWOOD SPORTS COMPLEX (continued)

1300 S. River Road, Englewood

GLOBAL CARAVAN BELLY DANCE

Year-round / All ages / Fee: $75 / 6 week session / Mondays, 6-7 p.m. or 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Beginners Global Caravan Belly Dance occurs from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and Caia Dance Troup Practice occurs from 6-7 p.m. Contact the instructor, Steph Johns, at johns-stephanie@outlook.com.

JELLY’S VOLLEYBALL

Year-round / Ages vary per session / Gymnasium / Mondays and Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.

Indoor, club and beach youth volleyball. For more information, call Charlene Krause at 941-284-1075 or email kkrause77@verizon.net

SPECIAL EVENTS

GARAGE SALE

Nov. 16 / All ages / Fee: Free for shoppers / Multiple rooms / Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1p.m.

To register as a seller, please call the Englewood Sports Complex at 941-861-1980. Clear out your closets and garages prior to the holidays.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

Dec. 7 / All ages / Fee: Free / Gymnasium / Conference and activity rooms / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shop for that special holiday gift at the sold-out, annual Holiday Craft Show with more than 120 indoor tables.

WHEN SCHOOL’S OUT,

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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources
CAMP’S IN! Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com to view the 2024 guide and to register. 941-861-PARK (7275) Sarasota County’s trusted camp provider for more than 40 years! • Camps to fit your family’s schedule. • Summer camps that are affordable! • Camps to suit your child’s interests.

KNIGHT TRAIL PARK

3435 Rustic Road, Nokomis

Also features: Youth group camping. This park offers outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-9797.

ACTIVITIES

CAMPING

TRAP, SKEET AND CLAY RANGE

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Trap, Skeet and Clay Range / Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday closed; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clay Range is located at Knight Trail Park (7730 Target Trail, Nokomis) and includes four trap fields, three skeet fields and two clay courses. The range is home to the Scholastic Clay Target Program, which is designed to get school-aged boys and girls involved in shooting sports. For more information, visit sarasotatrapskeetandclays.com or call 941-488-3223.

SPECIAL EVENT

Year-round / Ages: Youth / Fee: $2 per person (minimum group size of six) / Primitive campgrounds / Availability varies

Primitive tent camping. Camping is available to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that serve youth. For more information, including fees and camp rules, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. For reservations, call 941-861-9797 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

OUTDOOR PISTOL AND RIFLE RANGE

Year-round / All ages / Fee: $13.11 for adults, $9 for youth (under 18) / Public pistol/rifle range / Wednesdays-Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Range distances: 7, 10, 12 yards - Handgun calibers only. 15, 25, 50 yards - Handgun, rifle and shotgun. (Slug only in shotguns) 100 yards - Rifle only.

Fees are subject to change. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Adults other than parents/guardians who are accompanying minors to the range must have a signed FWC release form for each visit. For more information, including range rules and minor release forms, call 941-861-9797 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

LEKATCHKA ARCHERY CLUB

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Archery range / Member hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Public hours: second and fourth Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lekatchka Archery Club is a 50-acre family archery range located at Knight Trail Park. For more information, visit lekatchkaarchers.com or email LekatchkaArchery@yahoo.com.

VETERANS DAY RIFLE COMPETITION

Nov. 9 / All ages / Fee: $10 / Sunday, Gates open at 8:30 a.m., competition begins at 9 a.m.

Knight Trail Park is hosting a 50-yard .22 rifle competition for iron sights and optics. Three age categories for competition: Youth: 17 and under.

Adult: 18-54.

Experienced: 55 and older.

Pre-registration required; space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 1 or until full. Waived registration for veterans with proof of service.

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LAUREL PARK

AND SANDRA SIMS TERRY COMMUNITY CENTER, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis

Also features: Little Free Library, open area playing field. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

SUMMER DAY CAMP

SCHOOL DAY OUT

Oct. 18 / Ages: Kindergarten-fifth grade / Meet in camp rooms / Fee: $20 per day / Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Recreational program offered during professional days when school is out for grades kindergarten through fifth. Full payment is required at the time of registration.

THANKSGIVING BREAK VACATION IN THE PARK

Nov. 25-27 / Ages: Kindergarten-fifth / Camp rooms / Fee: $20 per day / Monday-Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

June 3-July 26 / Ages: Entering first-fifth grade / Fee: Varies / Community Center / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about this and other county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

ACE PICKLEBALL

August-December / Ages: 18 and up / Fees: $3 / Tuesdays, 1-5:30 p.m.

Participants will learn the rules and procedures for how to play the fastest-growing sport in America. All you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water. Paddles and pickleballs will be provided. For more details, contact Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) at 941-361-6590 or visit ace-sarasota.com

VOLLEYBALL

September-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 / Gymnasium / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon

Join us for this recreational drop-in volleyball program. Open to all skill levels. For details, call 311.

DRAMA KIDS

September-December / Ages: 10-18 / Registration: $25; Tuition: $70 per month / Room A/B / Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Children can explore the world of creative dramatics with classes designed to build verbal communication skills, acting ability and self-esteem. For details, call 941-922-8121 or visit dramakids.com/fl1

PICKLEBALL

September-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon

For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. All sessions require online registration. For more details, call 941-486-2753.

Recreational program offered during thanksgiving break, MondayWednesday, when school is out for kindergarten-fifth graders. Join us for some pre-thanksgiving fun! Registration is required.

SPECIAL EVENTS

T-REC COSTUME MASQUERADE BALL

Oct. 12 / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: Free / Gymnasium / Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dress up in your favorite costume and come ready to dance. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. The event is free for all teens and adults with disabilities. Families and caregivers are invited to join in this night of fun! For information or to register, call 941-486-2595.

T-REC NOT SO SCARY YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY

Oct. 12 / Ages: 4-10 / Laurel Park, Room AB / Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon

All children with disabilities are invited to this not so scary Halloween party full of activities, candy and fun! Children should come dressed in costume. Parents are required to stay. For more information or to register for this exciting event, please call 941-486-2595.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Dec. 7 / Ages: 12 and under / Fee: Free / Gymnasium / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Santa is coming to Laurel Park! Enjoy listening to Christmas music, games, arts and crafts as you dine on pancakes, sausage, hot cocoa and orange juice. There will be photo opportunities with Santa, as well as a story time with Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget to write your letter to Santa and give it to the big guy in person! Space is limited. Registration is required. For details, call 941-861-5000, 311 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

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LONGWOOD PARK

6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: Miracle League baseball field. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

UNIVERSITY TAI CHI CLUB

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $50 per month; $75 per couple; $6 per class (First month trial option) / Room B / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.

Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi is a slow-movement, internal martial art form that focuses on balance, energy, relaxation and breath control. Sifu Richard Cummings has been teaching at this park for 23 seasons. For details, call 941-350-7282, email universitytaichi@yahoo.com or reserve your spot at universitytaichi.com

BADMINTON CLUB OF SARASOTA

Year-round / Ages 12 and up / Fee: $6 / Gymnasium / Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.

Club welcomes everyone from the age of 12 and up who likes to play badminton. Open to all skill levels. Club meets every Wednesday. Bring your own shuttle to use. For details, call 941-879-2360.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

June 3-July 26 / Ages: Entering first-fifth grade / Fee: Varies / All rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

PICKLEBALL

August-May / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Open play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a day of indoor pickleball and see what the excitement is all about. Open to all skill levels. Must pre-register online at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For details, call 941-316-1383.

FUN WITH WATERCOLOR

August-May / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: $160 / Four 4-hour sessions per month / Room B / Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Class is a paint-along with demonstrations for all artistic adults, consisting of a variety of subjects and techniques. Four week, four hour sessions lead by local artist, Carolyn Merenda, who taught classes at Selby Gardens for beginner and advanced artists for over 20 years. Bring art supplies and your lunch. For details, contact Carolyn at 941-366-2866.

ACE PICKLEBALL CLASS

August-December / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Call for dates and times

Students will learn the rules and procedures for how to play the fastest growing sport in America! All you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water. Pickleballs will be provided. For details, contact ACE (Adult and Community Enrichment) at 941-361-6590 or visit ace-sarasota.com

MEN’S SENIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUES

September-May / Ages: 40+ on Mondays, 50+ on Thursdays, 60+ on Tuesdays / Fee: $95 per season, $95 one-time uniform fee / Gymnasium / 6-9 p.m.

Four-on-four, smaller full court men’s senior basketball leagues. There is a code of conduct. For details, contact Dennis Bunker at 941-704-8838 or dennisrbunker@aol.com.

MIRACLE LEAGUE OF MANASOTA

September-November / All ages / Miracle League field / Saturdays, times vary

This baseball league is for individuals with special needs and all ability levels. For details, call 941-544-4653 or visit miracleleaguemanasota.org.

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LONGWOOD PARK (continued)

6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota

PICKLEBALLING PETE CLINICS

September-December / Ages: 8 and up / Fee: varies / Gymnasium / Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Pickleball is for everyone. Don’t miss out on the fastest growing sport. If you want to learn how to play or are looking to improve your play, Pickleballing Pete is for you. All skill levels are welcome. For details and to register for a clinic, go to PickleballingPete.com

SCHOOL DAY OUT

Oct. 18 / Ages: Kindergarten-fifth grade / Meet in camp rooms / Fee: $20 per day / Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This recreational program is offered during professional days when school is out for grades kindergarten through fifth. Full payment is required at the time of registration. A supervised lunch will be provided for those attending both daily sessions.

THANKSGIVING BREAK VACATION IN THE PARK

Nov. 25-27 / Ages: Kindergarten-fifth / Camp rooms / Fee: $20 per day / Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Recreational program offered during thanksgiving break, Monday-Wednesday, when school is out for kindergarten-fifth graders. Join us for some pre-thanksgiving fun! Registration is required.

MIRACLE LEAGUE OF MANASOTA

This baseball league is for individuals with special needs and all ability levels.

September-November (Fall Season) / All ages Miracle League field at Longwood Park / Saturdays, times vary For details, call 941-544-4653 or visit miracleleaguemanasota.org.

T-REC SOCIAL CLUB

Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / George Mullen Activity Center / Fridays, 5-7 p.m.

All teens and adults with disabilities are invited to join our T-REC Social Club. Events vary each time including arts, games, movies and more. Socialize, meet new people, learn new things, plan leisure activities and engage with the community! Families and caregivers are welcome to join in the fun!

Registration is requested. For more information or to register, call North Port Parks and Recreation at 941-429-7275.

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NATHAN BENDERSON PARK

5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. To reserve space, book a festival or plan a private event, visit NathanBendersonPark.org, contact info@nathanbendersonpark.org or call 941-358-7275.

ACTIVITIES

DRAGON BOAT PADDLING: CLASSES/TEAMS

Year‐round / Ages: 18 and older / Fee: $99 / Regatta Island / Days and times vary

Learn the fundamentals of paddling. Participants can expect to learn the stroke basics as well as on-the-water experience in the boat. The paddling class is the prerequisite for joining the community team. Community team paddling will consist of practicing three days a week and competing in tournaments. For details, call 941‐358‐7275 or email programs@nathanbendersonpark.org.

FITNESS CLASSES

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Location, days and times vary

Throughout the year, NBP offers a variety of fitness groups such as Camp Gladiator and Zumba. For all the latest additions and offerings, visit nathanbendersonpark.org.

LEARN TO ROW: CLASSES/PRIVATE LESSONS

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Location, days and times vary

Learn to Row focuses on the fundamentals of sculling, which is rowing with two oars. Individuals will be taken step-by-step through nomenclature, safety maneuvers and independent boat handling skills. The course will provide you with the skill set to row a single scull. For details, please call 941-966-9791 or email teamadmin@sarasotacrew.org.

TEAM BUILDING

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Location, days and times vary

Let NBP lead your team-building event. Whether you are corporate, family, youth or adults, we can tailor the experience to meet specific needs of your group. Call 941-358-7275 or email booking@nathanbendersonpark.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

USROWING YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

June 6-9 / All ages / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island / Varying times

Join us to cheer along the best youth rowers across the nation as they compete to become the 2024 champions!

FIREWORKS ON THE LAKE

July 3 / All ages / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island, 5-10 p.m.

Join us for a festive and patriotic celebration honoring America. Enjoy live music, family fun and, of course, a stunning fireworks display.

BENDERSON CHASE

Oct. 11-13 / All ages / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island

One of the largest fall rowing regattas in the state. Enjoy food and festivities while watching athletes battle for glory.

NBP TRICK OR TREAT ON THE LAKE

Oct. 29 / All ages / Fee: Free / Along the lake / Tuesday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Safe, family-friendly trick or treat event for all ages! There will be entertainment, games and vendors on site.

ICF STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP & RECREATIONAL SUP RACE

Nov. 19-24 / Ages: Vary / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island

Watch as competitors from all over the globe compete in this fastest growing water sport! The race is open to all ages and skill levels. Register now at nathanbendersonpark.org.

FLORIDA TURKEY TROT

Nov. 28 / All ages / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island / Thursday, 8 a.m.

This race will be a part of your Thanksgiving tradition as you enjoy the festivities. Race finishers cross the finish line after running the floating final mile over the lake and will be awarded a tasty treat to commence their Thanksgiving feast.

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NEWTOWN ESTATES PARK

2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: Little Free Library, weight room. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

WEIGHT ROOM

Year-round / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SUMMER CAMP

May 28-Aug. 2 (Closed the week of July 1-5) / Ages: 6-18 / Fee: $55 / Various rooms / Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children will participate in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, athletic games, board games reading and so much more. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided. Must attend mandatory parent orientation. For details, call the Boys and Girls Club at 941-358-2878.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

August-December / Ages: Elementary and middle school students / Fee: Free / Multiple rooms / Monday-Friday, after school to 6 p.m.

Children who attend will enjoy art and literacy programs, indoor and outdoor team sports, homework help as well as access to game and computer rooms. For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club at 941-358-2878.

SPECIAL EVENT BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Dec. 7 / Ages: Infant-12 / Fee: Free / Various rooms / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Santa is coming to Newtown Estates Park! Enjoy listening to Christmas music, games and arts and crafts as you dine on pancakes, sausage, hot cocoa and orange juice. There will be photo opportunities with Santa, as well as a story time with Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget to write your letter to Santa and give it to the big guy in person! Space is limited. Registration is required. For details, call 311 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

Be sure to follow @SRQCountyGov on Facebook for your one-stop-shop to live, learn and play in Sarasota County! Stay up to date on all things happening countywide and when you’re there, check out #SRQCountyParks for upcoming park events.

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NOKOMIS COMMUNITY PARK

234 Nippino Trail, Nokomis

Also features: Outdoor fitness equipment and a covered outdoor stage. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Front parking lot / Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30 a.m.

The mobile pantry truck brings fresh and non-perishable food directly to Nokomis Community Park where families can select items to take home. For more information, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org/foodfinder or call 941-379-6333.

WATER EXERCISE CLASSES

HAPPY HEARTS FUN DAYS (T-REC)

Year-round / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: Free / Main Hall / Second Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Inspiration, encouragement and fun for teens and adults with disabilities in a faith-based, nondenominational setting. Family and caregivers are welcome. Monthly meetings include fellowship, crafts, refreshments, praise, worship and fun activities. For details, email Stephanie Bartlett at sbartlett475@gmail.com.

HEARTS UP FOR IDD FUN NIGHT (T-REC)

Year-round / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: Free / Main Hall / Fourth Friday, 6-8 p.m.

Join the volunteers of Hearts Up for IDD for a monthly fun night. Activities will vary each month and may include dances, bingo, picnics, crafts and more. For details, contact Gena Luoma at heartsupforidd@gmail.com.

ADVENTURE CAMP

June 3-July 26 / Ages: Entering sixth-eighth grade / Fee: $707 / All rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

T-REC PROGRAM OF SARASOTA COUNTY

The T-REC Program of Sarasota County is comprised of multiple community groups and volunteers working together to provide year-round recreational opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities. For more information about T-REC, please call 311 or email parksonline@scgov.net. Become a member today. Membership is free!

June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 Thursdays, 11-11:45 a.m. Ages: 16 and up / Fee: Free Arlington Park (instructional pool)

Each class will include a warm-up and cool down. Swim noodles will be used. Families and caregivers are encouraged to participate. For details, call 941-486-2595.

DIVEHEART SCUBA PROGRAM

June 22 and Sept. 28 / Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. / Ages: 10 and up / Fee: Free / Arlington Park (instructional pool)

This program provides educational scuba

diving to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological value to that person. Registration is required in advance. For more information, contact corissa.leung@diveheart.org.

T-REC WALK, LUNCH AND LEARN

Sept. 13 / Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Rothenbach Park

All teens and adults with disabilities are invited to join us for a walk at the park. Wear walking shoes and bring your lunch to enjoy afterwards, while we learn from our park staff. Meet at the pavilion. Water

and snacks will be available. For more information or to register, call 941-486-2595.

T-REC FAMILY BBQ

June 14 / Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. / Maxine Barritt Park pavilion

All teens and adults with disabilities and their families/caregivers are invited to our BBQ event. We’ll enjoy music and food surrounded by our T-REC friends. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 941-486-2595.

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PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK

5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

ACTIVITIES

Also features: Little Free Library and a gazebo. This scenic heritage/nature park showcases the historic Edson Keith Mansion and Keith Farmhouse. For indoor and outdoor reservable space, visit or contact 941-316-1309.

PHILLIPPI FARMHOUSE MARKET

November 2024-April 2025 / All ages / Fee: Free to attend / Estate grounds / Wednesdays

Sarasota’s only mid-week farmers market features local fresh produce, prepared foods, food trucks, baked goods, artisans with crafts and live music. There is ample parking and leashed pets are welcome. Join in the fun and support local agriculture. For details, call 941-316-1309.

SPECIAL EVENTS

WITCHES NIGHT OUT

Oct. 11 / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $35 / Edson Keith Mansion / Friday, 6-10 p.m.

Join us at the historic, haunted Edson Keith Mansion in spooky Phillippi Estate Park. The second annual Witches Night Out will host a DJ and photo booth, shopping, cash bar and nibbles galore. All participants have the chance to compete in the costume contest where your creativity is key, witches and wizards let your fancy run free. Advanced registration is required. Proceeds support the Historic Keith Farmhouse future Interpretive Center, which will showcase the history, prehistory and natural environment of the park. If you’d like to help please visit foscp.org/donate/.

HOST YOUR NEXT EVENT AT PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK, A SCENIC, 60-ACRE PARK ON THE SHORES OF PHILLIPPI CREEK.

• The historic and classic Edson Keith Mansion hosts weddings, fundraising events, corporate events, luncheons and awards banquets.

• The gazebo is perfect for children’s birthday parties, small weddings, family reunions and memorial services. The gazebo can be rented by itself or along with a large open area for larger festivals, concerts and parties.

• Outdoor rental space is available at the front of the park, and offers ample space for large fundraising gatherings, festivals and arts and crafts shows, with separate parking available on the south field of the park.

For more information, please call the Phillippi Estate Park office at 941-316-1309.

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SELBY AQUATIC CENTER AT POTTER PARK

8587 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota

The Selby Aquatic Center is operated by the non-profit Sarasota Sharks, Inc. The center consists of a 50-meter, Olympic-size pool and a 25-meter warm-up pool. For more information, call 941-260-9107 or email contact@sarasotasharks.org.

ACTIVITIES

OPEN SWIM

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $75 per month, $8 per day / Selby Aquatic Center / Daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Open lap swimming. Lane space on a first come first served basis. For more information, visit sarasotashark.org.

SWIM TEAM TRY-OUTS

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Selby Aquatic Center / Wednesdays, 5-5:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Sharks is a Gold Medal Swim Club, home of 2020 Tokyo Olympian and silver medalist, Emma Weyant, Jamaican Olympian, Keenan Dols, and Canadian World Champion and World record holder, Summer McIntosh. The club has been developing champions in Sarasota since 1961. Sarasota Sharks offers age-specific training for all athletes geared toward challenging each individual and developing them to reach their full potential. Sarasota Sharks also puts a special emphasis on the team. Swimmers learn how to become great teammates and help each other become their best. The result is oftentimes lifelong friendships. Sarasota Sharks training and swim groups are designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities. From athletes that only swim a few times a week to the elite swimmer with Olympic aspirations, our experienced coaching staff welcomes all swimmers with open arms. Book an appointment at sarasotasharks.org.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING TEAM

Year-round / Ages: 6-18 / Fee: Varies based on level / Selby Aquatic Center / Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Synchronized swimming is a hybrid of swimming, gymnastics and dance. It involves strength, endurance, flexibility, grace and artistry. The swimmers perform choreographed routines to music. There are several competitive levels of synchronized swimming. Contact kweyant@sarasotasharks.org for more information.

JUNIOR SHARKS

May 6-Aug. 2 and Aug. 19-Nov. 22 / Ages: 6-10 / Fee: $380 per session / Selby Aquatic Center

The Junior Sharks is a session-based group for athletes that are new to the sport and/or are working toward learning how to legally swim all four competitive strokes. In the Junior Sharks group, we will provide more intensive, curriculum-based teaching of the skills needed to be successful in competitive swimming. Our goal is to progress athletes into competitive swimming and ensure a great experience for all the athletes. To start in Junior Sharks at the beginning of the session an athlete needs to be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle and backstroke. If you are unsure if your athlete is ready, please contact Kristi Weyant at 941-260-9107 or kweyant@sarasotasharks.org.

SWIMFIT

May 6- Aug. 2 and Aug. 19-Nov. 22 / Ages: 11-15 / Fee: $380 per session / Selby Aquatic Center / Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-7 p.m.

The SwimFit group is for middle school aged children (fifth-eighth grade) who are looking for a recreational or part-time swimming option. SwimFit provides a positive and fun swimming experience for those looking to develop their strokes and skills, while also improving their physical fitness with a less stringent commitment level than the competitive team. All the SwimFit practice groups allow for progress in the water for those balancing several sports and activities, as well as for those looking for a way to maintain good physical fitness.

INFLATABLE OBSTACLE COURSE

Starting June 2 / Ages: Must pass a swim test / Fee: $15 per session / Selby Aquatic Center / Visit sarasotasharks.org for dates and times

Summer in the Selby Aquatic Center has never been so much fun! Spend the weekend with us for an awesome family-friendly new adventure. Get ready to be challenged on our inflatable obstacle course! Excludes dates of Selby Aquatic Center events. Must be able to pass basic swim test. Check website for more information at sarasotasharks.org

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VENICE COMMUNITY CENTER

326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice

Facility rental opportunities include a ballroom with a large stage, professional-grade theatrical lighting and sound, a commercial kitchen, nine SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-1380.

ACTIVITIES

AMERICA FIRST SWFL CAUCUS

Year-round / Ages: Adults / Fee: Free / Room D / Second Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Sarasota Republican Club is a proactive group that sponsors events and dinner meetings to promote constitutionally-based, conservative principles of government while seeking to support candidates who represent those principles.

ORCHID SOCIETY MEETINGS

Year-round / Ages: Adults / Fee: Free / Room D / First Wednesday of the month, 6-9 p.m.

Learn to grow orchids. Expert speakers, raffle, plants for sale, refreshments. Guests welcomed. Learn more at VAOS.org.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH

Year-round / Ages: Adults / Fee: Contact instructor / Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tai Chi for Health is taught by certified instructor Nancy Dellamura. Improve balance, increase flexibility, lower your blood pressure, increase bone density, strengthen joints and boost brain function. Tai Chi is low impact and especially beneficial to individuals with arthritis. For details, call 941-492-2167 or email NDellamura@aol.com.

VENICE AREA QUILT GUILD STITCH CONNECTION

Year-round / Ages: Adults / Fee: Free / Room D / Second Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon

The Venice Area Quilters Guild offers free informal gatherings on the second Wednesday of the month and on the fourth Wednesday in summer months. Bring your own project or make a guild project. Contact Stephanie Baxter at StitchConnection@vaqg.org or visit vaqg.org for more information.

VENICE FLORIDA CORVETTES MEETINGS

Year-round / Ages: Adults / Fee: Varies / Room D / First Tuesday, 7-8 p.m.

Join fellow Corvette enthusiasts the first Tuesday of every month. For details, call 941-966-6351.

ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS WITH MARYLYNN

All Ages / $10 drop in or discounted punch cards available / Rooms F and D / Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

I’ve been a ZIN™ Member since September 2007 and I absolutely love teaching Zumba classes. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me and my daughter Anne Marie and dozens of others for a fantastic, fun, dynamic cardio workout. I guarantee you will have a blast! Got questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a message! MLSZERBIN@AOL.COM or 941-685-8445.

ZUMBA WITH JOYCE

Through October / Ages: Adults / Fee: $10 drop in or class cards available for $90 for 10 classes, one class free when card is full / Room F / Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Get fit and stay fit with this wonderful one-hour aerobics class set to world music, take it higher or lower because modifications are always part of the ZUMBA workout! It is known as “Exercise in Disguise” because we always feel the music! Joyce Bagshaw is a licensed instructor and teacher since 2008. Her bio is available at zumba.com, email 1.ladybags@gmail.com or call 603-566-0769.

WOMEN’S SERTOMA CLUB

Second Thursday of the month / Adults / Ballroom / 6-8 p.m.

We are a fun, energetic, friendly group of hard-working women who like helping others and serving the community. Our goal is to help our community of Venice by donating to charitable organizations and providing educational scholarships for continuing education students and Venice High School seniors pursuing their educational goals. Each year, we raise close to $50,000 through our Sun Fiesta event and other fundraising activities.

NOKOMIS OSPREY VENICE AREA (NOVA) REPUBLICAN CLUB

Third Tuesday of the month / Ages: Adults of voting age / Fee: Free / Ballroom / 6:30-8 p.m.

Empowering the Republican electorate through education, activism and community connection. The monthly program includes an elected Republican official presentations and opportunities to impact local elections. Connect with like-minded neighbors. President: alice@alicerothbauer.com, 715-215-0086 or novagop.com/.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

TYRUS LIVE: “NUFF SAID” COMEDY TOUR

June 8 / Ages: Adults / Fee: $100+ / Ballroom / Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

You see him on TV daily on The Gutfeld Show, The Five, The Big Saturday and Sunday show and now is your chance to spend an intimate evening listening to him discuss current events with his “nononsense” approach to life in his very own heartfelt and comical way. Tyrus has a unique perspective on life and the issues facing the world today. This comes from surrounding himself with a diverse inner circle of friends such as former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino, and Hip Hop Pioneer, Snoop Dogg. Tyrus should have been another statistic born to a teen mom and bouncing around the foster care system. But instead, he is being touted as “the voice of the people” by Americans like me and you all over the country. Come laugh, cry and learn what makes this behemoth of a man so endearing. This venue has a limited number of tickets for sale and there isn’t a bad seat in the house! Join Tyrus for a Meet and Greet after the show where you can get a photo and autograph.

BAD MOON RISING - CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL TRIBUTE CONCERT

June 15 / Fee: $25, $30 at the door, $35 VIP / Ballroom / Ages: Adults / 7 p.m.

Take a trip down the Mississippi delta as they pay tribute to arguably the greatest rock band North America ever produced, Creedence Clearwater Revival(CCR). CCR was an American Roots rock band who’s sound incorporated southern, country and blues rock. The resulting sound and success (built on the distinctive vocals, wailing guitar and song writing style of John Fogarty became known as swamp rock and CCR was the pioneer of the genre. Tickets available at maremilmusic.ticketspice.com/ccr-tribute-venice-2024.

WWE NXT WRESTLING

June 21 / Fee: $15 / Ballroom / All Ages / 7:30 p.m.

See your favorite WWE NXT Superstars live and in action at the Venice Community Center. Tickets are exclusively available at etix.com.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW

July 13 / All ages / Fee: Free / Ballroom / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entry is free! Come and enjoy lots of local vendors, free parking and cold air conditioning. For more info, call 941-861-1380.

THE BROKEN HEARTS - TOM PETTY TRIBUTE CONCERT

July 20 / Fee: $30+ / Ballroom / Ages: Adults / 7 p.m.

The Broken Hearts perform faithful and flawless renditions of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ extensive catalog including dozens of his best known Top 40 hits along with some deeper album cuts. The Broken Hearts are one of the most in demand, highly respected touring Tom Petty tribute bands in The U.S. and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to you.

DOLLARS FOR MAMMOGRAMS FAMILY HEALTH FAIR

Aug. 3 / All Ages / Fee: Free / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Informational health and wellness family health for people of all ages. There will be no-cost medical services provided, information regarding human service programs in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, and no-cost chance drawing for auction and door prizes.

BACK TO SCHOOL YOUTH ACTIVITY FAIR

Aug. 17 / Fee: Free / Ballroom / Ages: Youth and families / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All parents and children are invited to visit with many local providers of youth activities to help them plan their back to school fun! There will be games, demonstrations, inflatables, music, food, fun and more! No registration required. For more information, call 941-486-2595.

TASTE FOR THE TWIG AND AUCTION

Sept. 14 / Ballroom / Fee: $75+ / Satruday, 6 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Support The Twig while enjoying a fun night with friends. Local restaurants will be serving samplings of their delicious food along with wine and beer pairings. During the short program we will tell you all about the exciting things happening at The Twig and how your support makes a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. Our online auction opens on Wednesday Sept. 11 and closes at the end of the in person event on Saturday Sept. 14.

PURE HEART - A TRIBUTE TO HEART

Sept. 21 / Tickets $30+ / Saturday, 7 p.m.

Pure Heart is a world class USA Heart tribute band based in south Florida. The band pays homage to the incredible music and performance style of Hall of Fame rock band Heart, led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Close your eyes and you might think you’re listening to Heart, then open your eyes and the resemblance is striking! This is not Heart, but it is as close to the original timeless band as one can get.

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326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice

SPECIAL EVENTS

VENICE HOME SHOW

Oct. 5 and 6 / All ages / Fee: Free / Ballroom / Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lots of home items including cabinets, water treatment, hot tubs, siding, hurricane windows and much more!

BON JOVI TRIBUTE CONCERT

Oct. 9 / Ballroom / All Ages / Tickets $30+ / Wednesday

Crush Bon Jovi Experience have been wowing audiences with their live stage show and authentic musical renditions of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits for the better part of a decade! At a Crush Bon Jovi Experience concert you will witness a 100% full-on, no-holds-barred, exciting musical experience that has to be seen to be believed! You will hear all the big hits like: Living on a Prayer, It’s My Life, You Give Love a Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive and much more! All performed with an arena sized production and plenty of moving lights, smoke and pyrotechnics; all paying tribute to the greatest band in the world, Bon Jovi.

SERTOMA WINE FEAST

Nov. 14 / Ages: Adults / Fee: $85 per person / Ballroom / Thursday, 6 p.m.

Principle Fundraiser for Sertoma Club of Venice in support of the Venice Speech Clinic to assist in the cost for children with speech deficiencies counseling.

LOVELAND HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER

Dec. 3 / Ages: Adults / Fees vary / Ballroom / Tuesday, 6 p.m.

This is a fundraiser in support of the Loveland Center. Loveland Center helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their lives to their fullest! There will be dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a performance by participants of the Loveland Center. lovelandcenter.org or contact philanthropy@lovelandcenter.org

WINTER ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW

Dec. 14 / Ages: Adults / Fee: Free / Ballroom / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lots of local vendors, items and crafts. Great opportunity to purchase that unique, one of kind Christmas gift. Free to shoppers. For more info, call 941-861-1380.

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29 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311. Arts & Crafts Show Saturday, July 13 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Venice Community Center 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice Entry is free! Come and enjoy lots of local vendors, free parking and cold air conditioning! For more information, call 941-861-1380. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs and activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance). Sarasota County Park s, Recreation and Natural Resources
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS

sarasotabmx.com 941-960-1578 | 1500 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota

Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years old and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, please call Special Olympics Florida at 941-404-0361 or visit specialolympicsflorida.org

Special Olympics Aquatics

Training begins in June

Area 7 Swimming Competition | July 27 | Selby Aquatic Center

Special Olympics Bowling

Training begins in May at Bowlero Gulf State

Area 7 Bowling Competition | June 30 | Bowlero Bradenton

You can find the Athlete Registration links at specialolympicsflorida.org/westcoast (keywords Sarasota County) Previously hosted The Florida State Series Qualifier Citrus Classic USABMX National The UCI World Cup and World Championship

Region 3 Bowling | Aug. 3-4 | Seminole Lanes

Special Olympics Fall Sports

July-November

Training and competitions for the following fall sports include: flag football, pickleball, power lifting, softball and golf. For details on dates, times, and locations, please contact Alyssa Isaksen at 941-404-0361.

Special Olympics Stand Up Paddle

Training begins in May

Area 7 SUP Competition | June 8 | Sugden Park

Region 3 SUP Competition | July 19-20 | Nathan Benderson Park

Special Olympics has volunteer opportunities available. This is a chance to give back and an opportunity to share your skills and knowledge. To learn more, please call 941-404-0361.

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A SPORT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. IF YOUR KIDS CAN WALK, THEY CAN RACE.

VENICE TRAIN DEPOT

AND ROLLINS W. COAKLEY PARK, 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice

Also features: Historic railroad car. Neighboring complex of parks offer a boat ramp, playground and a canoe/kayak launch. This site offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit or contact 941-861-1380.

ACTIVITIES

VENICE TRAIN DEPOT TOURS AND TRAIN CAR

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Lobby / Dates and times vary

The Venice Area Historical Society conducts tours of the Historic Venice Train Depot and Rollins W. Coakley Park. For details, visit veniceareahistoricalsociety.org, call 941-412-0151 or email depot@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

FREIGHT ROOM RENTALS

The Venice Train Depot platform has architectural appeal with its high arches and a large patio area. There is plenty of room for a large crowd, display space for vendors, band and dance area, tables and chairs. A beautiful setting overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. The sunsets are nothing short of spectacular!

The depot is home to a caboose, built in 1974 for the Louisville and Nashville railroad. The caboose has a large, 1,920-square-foot attached patio. The patio is the perfect spot for birthday parties or small events. It’s been home to many wedding services and vow renewal ceremonies. Say your vows and have your reception just steps away on the platform or in the freight room. The patio is equipped with an elevator for guests with disabilities.

HOST YOUR NEXT SPECIAL EVENT AT THE HISTORIC VENICE TRAIN DEPOT!

The Venice Train Depot has a variety of reservable space available including the rustic freight room, the Venice Train Depot platform overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. View facilities and request reservations at SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-1380.

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ACCESS TO

INDOOR PICKLEBALL

Colonial Oaks Park

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota • Two courts (August-May)

Open Play – Monday, 1-3 p.m.

Englewood Sports Complex

1300 S. River Road, Englewood • Six courts (Year-round)

Open Play: Mondays and Fridays,12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Open Play: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Open Play: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Laurel Park

509 Collins Road, Laurel • Two courts (August-May)

Newtown Estates Park

2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota • Four courts (August-May)

Times TBD

Woodmere Park

3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice • Two courts (August-May)

Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL

Bypass Park/Foxworthy Campus

1101 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice • 6 courts • *Four courts

Colonial Oaks Park

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota • *Two courts

Englewood Sports Complex

1300 S. River Road, Englewood • 12 courts

Fruitville Park

5151 Richardson Road, Sarasota • *Four courts

Laurel Park

509 Collins Road, Nokomis • *Four courts

Longwood Park

6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota • Six courts

Newtown Estates Park

2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota • *Four courts

Siesta Beach

948 Beach Road, Siesta Key • Six courts

Twin Lakes Park

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota • *Four courts

Woodmere Park

3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice • *Four courts Try

Open Play: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon

Longwood Park (Closed Fall 2024 for maintenance.)

6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota • Two courts (August-May)

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

Nokomis Community Park

234 E. Nippino Trail, Nokomis • *Four courts

Pinebrook/Wellfield Park

1251 Pinebrook Road, Venice • *Two courts

Pompano Trailhead

601 S. Pompano Ave., Sarasota • 12 courts

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WOODMERE PARK

3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice

ACTIVITIES

Also features: Reservable pavilion and a dog park. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

JAZZERCISE

ALLIGATOR CREEK TRAIL

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Trail / Daily, sunrise to sunset

Enjoy Woodmere Park’s newest amenity, 1.6 miles of pedestrian and bicycle-friendly trail along Alligator Creek. This serene, nature lover’s paradise has abundant wildlife, including hawks and alligators. Bring a water bottle and take a break on the bench near a Florida-designated grand tree. For details, call 941-861-5000 or 311.

MCMURRAY’S FAMILY TAEKWONDO

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Per instructor / Gymnasium / Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Summer hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Classes for youth and adults. Please call Zackery McMurray at 941-800-7210 for more information.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

June 3-Aug. 9 / Ages: Entering first-fifth grade / Fee: Varies / All rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about this and other county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL

August-December / Fee: $3 (passes available for purchase) / Gym / Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. All sessions require online registration.

August-December / Ages : 18 and up / Gym and Room C / Monday-Saturday, mornings at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. and evening 5:30 p.m.

Our classes incorporate dance cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone your muscles in the ultimate full-body workout. For more information call Karen at 847-361-5810 or visit Jazzercise.com.

WINTER VACATION IN THE PARKS

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 (No camp Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1) / Ages: Kindergartenfifth grade / Fee: $20 per day or $160 for eight full days / Camp rooms / Multiple days, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This program offers fun, recreational and instructional activities with daily themes for children during the school break. Registration is required. Register at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

SPECIAL EVENTS

T-REC HOLIDAY PARTY

Dec. 13 / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Room C / Friday, 4-5:30 p.m.

All teens and adults with disabilities are invited to celebrate the holidays at our annual holiday party. There will be music, crafts, games, refreshments and more. Families and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 941-486-2595.

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Jan. 11 / 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Registration will begin Oct. 1. / Fee: $15 (indoor vendor space), $10 (outdoor vendor space), free to shoppers Vendors should register at SarasotaCountyParks.com or visit Woodmere Park in person for a registration tutorial. For more info, call 941-486-2780.

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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, New Balance Sarasota and Sarasota Crew presents

Tuesdays, June 4-July 30

SIESTA BEACH

948 Beach Road, Sarasota Meet at the pavilion near the playground (No run July 2)

2024 KIDS’ SUMMER BEACH RUNS

FREE 1-MILE FUN RUN

Wednesdays, June 5-July 31

NORTH BROHARD PARK

1400 S. Harbor Drive, Venice Meet near the Venice Fishing Pier (No run July 3)

Earn a shirt, a New Balance coupon and other prizes after four runs | Registration: 5:30 p.m. | Run time: 6:30 p.m. Participation ribbons awarded each week. For updates due to inclement weather on event days or to learn more, call 311.

PLANNING A WEDDING?

Your wedding is your most important day, so plan it on scenic Phillippi Creek at the historic Edson Keith Mansion. The elegant, Italian Renaissance-style mansion is an indoor-outdoor venue including a bride’s suite, groom’s suite, complimentary wedding rehearsal the day before and gorgeous photographic opportunities in the beautiful 60-acre park.

5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 941-316-1309 • SarasotaCountyParks.com

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BEACHES AND WATER ACCESS Introduction

Welcome to the county’s Beaches and Water Access parks. With more than 35 miles of coastline, six lifeguarded beaches and 40 additional beaches and water accesses for motorized and non-motorized vessels, visitors from all over the world are drawn to Sarasota County. These clean and accessible parks provide opportunities for adventure or to simply relax. Enjoy the beautiful vistas, fun activities and the biodiversity of habitats at each unique park. There is something for everyone!

Visit the world-famous Siesta Beach, the mangrove tunnels of Ted Sperling Nature Park or collect sharks teeth at Caspersen Beach Park. The Beaches and Water Access division offers activities including beach runs and walks as well as a variety of special events. Grab the family and join our Kids’ Summer Beach Runs, one of our summer favorites in June and July. For more than 45 years, the county has celebrated the holiday season with the Sandy Claws Beach Run, a 1-mile fun run or 5K at Siesta Beach. Don’t miss the opportunity to see more than 20 of the best sand sculptors from around the world at the annual Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. Come out and camp next to the Gulf of Mexico at Turtle Beach Campground, which features 39 RV and tent sites with full hook-ups.

Vendors at Turtle Beach Park and Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido Beach can also provide kayaks or paddleboards for rent and offer tours. For more information visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. Kayak and paddleboards may also be rented at North Jetty Park

Please help preserve all natural areas by respecting wildlife and by packing out what you pack in.

BLUEWAYS PADDLING GUIDE

A GUIDE TO SARASOTA’S KAYAK AND CANOE TRAILS

Discover Sarasota County’s natural beauty, its unique wildlife and habitats as you explore the beautiful waterways of the county.

There are 11 area waterways to explore with suggested blueways (paddling trails) highlighted in this guide. The Sarasota Bay Trail, the Lido and South Lido Trails, the Phillippi Creek Trail, the Neville Marine Preserve Trail, the South Creek Trail, the Dona Bay/Roberts Bay Trails, the Caspersen Trail, the Lemon Bay Trail, the Myakka River/Carlton Trail and the Myakka River/Myakkahatchee Creek Trails.

Sarasota County has a diverse blend of natural areas to explore while paddling the blueways. Paddle through a mangrove forest and view the wildlife of the estuaries. Paddle along the bays, bayous, lagoons and creeks and explore the natural areas of Florida’s designated “Wild and Scenic” Myakka River.

View this publication online at SarasotaCountyParks.com or simply click on the button below.

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BEACH CONCESSIONS

GREAT EATS AT SIESTA BEACH, THE #1 BEACH!

Siesta Beach offers two concession locations with a full menu.

Enjoy the iconic beach with great eats and drinks!

NORTH JETTY GRILLE - WHERE THE INTRACOASTAL MEETS THE BEACH AT NORTH JETTY PARK

Enjoy an expansive menu filled with delectable choices including fish, burgers, salads, breakfast favorites or locally made ice cream. Cool off with a refreshing cocktail, ice cold beer, wine and sangria or a non-alcoholic option.

BITES,

BASKETS AND BOOGIE

BOARDS

AT VENICE BEACH!

Enjoy an icy cold beverage and choose from a variety of awesome food and quick bites under the shady awning at the Pilot House, just steps from Venice Beach. Boogie boards, umbrellas, beach mats and more are also available!

GOOD

FOOD FAST, NOT FAST FOOD AT NOKOMIS BEACH!

From the world famous Shark Tooth Tacos to the wildly popular Shark Bite Cocktail, Shark Tooth Beach Concessions is where you’ll find the most delicious beach eats and drinks. Expansive menu including burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks, golden french fries, hot dogs, breakfast hashes and locally made ice cream.

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MANASOTA BEACH PARK

8570 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

ACTIVITY

BEACH YOGA

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / On sand –beach access near large pavilion / Daily, varying morning times Yoga helps with flexibility and stress reduction. Start your day off right with yoga on the sand! Classes held daily at Manasota Beach. For more information, call 941-313-0358 or visit yogamanasotabeach.com.

NOKOMIS BEACH PARK

100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis

ACTIVITIES

HOOLA-FIT

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Contact instructor / On sand – beach access near large parking lot / Daily, 9-10 a.m. through June 6, resuming Oct. 1

Improve balance and fitness in one great class through hooping and dance. Join instructor Mary Cosme for this exciting class. For details, call 508-717-5946.

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NORTH BROHARD PARK

1400 S. Harbor Drive, Venice

Features the Venice Fishing Pier and Sharky’s On The Pier.

ACTIVITY

KIDS’ SUMMER BEACH RUNS

June 5-July 31 (No run July 3) / Ages: 1-17 / Fee: Free / Beach / Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.

The Kids’ Summer Beach Runs offer youth a weekly opportunity to get out to their favorite beach and enjoy some sunshine, have fun and improve health and wellness. Kids earn a ribbon after each run and a t-shirt after 4 runs. This run series is always a hit and has been a staple in our community for decades. Weekly registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the run starting at 6:30 p.m. For more details, call 311.

NORTH JETTY PARK

1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis

DOGS LOVE

BROHARD

PAW PARK!

1850 S. Harbor Drive, Venice Dogs can run and play leash-free at Brohard Paw Park. (Dogs are not allowed at North Brohard Park.)

Also features: This park offers outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

ACTIVITY

BEACH YOGA

SPECIAL EVENTS

BILL’S BEER RUN

Oct. 27 / All ages (Ages 21 and up to drink alcohol) / Fee: $30 / Casey Key Road / Sunday, 8 a.m.

Come socialize and compete in this Halloween themed race. Bill’s Beer Run is presented by the Manasota Track Club. The annual fundraiser for the Manasota Track Club is in its 36th year. The proceeds help fund college scholarships and youth running programs. Since the inception of the program, more than $90,000 has been awarded to area students. For more information, visit mtc75.org

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / On sand – beach access of north parking lot / Daily, varying morning times

Yoga improves flexibility and helps reduce stress. Visit beautiful North Jetty Beach for a beach yoga class. For times and information, call 941-313-0358 or visit nokomisbeachyoga.com.

NORTH JETTY PARK FOOD TRUCK RALLY

Nov. 1, Dec. 6 / All ages / Fee: Free / Fridays, 5-9 p.m.

The North Jetty Park Food Truck Rally series connects people in a fun, social setting and allows for families to get together at the week’s end to relax, eat good food and enjoy a beautiful beach park. For details, call 311.

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SIESTA BEACH

948 Beach Road, Sarasota

ACTIVITIES

BEACH YOGA

June-December / All ages / Fee: Donation / Beach / Mondays-Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, times will vary based on sunrise/sunset

Come exercise on one of the nation’s most beautiful beaches. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings: yogaonthebeach.com

Tuesday/Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings: siestakeyyoga.net

KIDS’ SUMMER BEACH RUNS

June 4-July 30 (No run July 2) / Ages: 1-17 / Fee: Free / Beach / Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

The Kids’ Summer Beach Runs offer youth a weekly opportunity to get out to their favorite beach and enjoy some sunshine, have fun and improve health and wellness. Kids earn a ribbon after each run and a t-shirt after 4 runs. Weekly registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the run starting at 6:30 p.m. For more details, call 311.

SPECIAL EVENTS

JULY 4TH COMMUNITY FIREWORKS SHOW

July 4 / All ages / Fee: Free / Thursday, 7-10 p.m.

Celebrate our nation’s independence with your feet in the sand as you watch one of the area’s best fireworks shows, hosted by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. For details regarding reserved parking and special seating opportunities, call 941-349-3800.

ANNUAL CRYSTAL CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTING FESTIVAL

Nov. 15-18 / All ages / Fee: $10 adult, $5 children ages 5-17 (Fees increase at the gate) / Beach / Friday-Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special extended evening hours offered Witness innovative works of art through sand and teamwork, while enjoying the beauty of Siesta Beach. Food, live music, arts and crafts vendors, an amateur contest and educational classes are all part of the fun. For festival details, visit siestakeycrystalclassic.com.

WORLD OCEAN DAY

June 8 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet at the sea turtle pavilion / Saturday, 8-11 a.m.

Celebrate our wonderful oceans with a day of environmental education, beach cleanup, and an Interactive Educational Village. Become stewards of the environment and work as a team to keep our beaches clean, while preserving the beauty of Siesta Beach. Information and activities will be available, and service hours are available to earn.

SANDY CLAWS BEACH RUN

Dec. 14 / Fee: 1-mile: $20, 5K: $25 for youth; $35 for adults / Beach / Saturday, Registration: 7 a.m., 1-mile run: 8 a.m., 5K run: 8:20 a.m.

Sandy Claws Beach Run has been occurring for over 45 years and is loved by the running community near and far. It’s a great way to have fun and socialize with other athletes as well as an opportunity to improve health and wellness and compete. We partner with community businesses and have many sponsors that contribute to the event.

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Also features: Sand volleyball. Relax and enjoy lunch on the Siesta Sundeck. This park offers outdoor reservable space/pavilions. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.
EVENTS: May 31-June 2 | SSOVA Volleyball Tournament | Siesta Beach | ssova.com Oct. 19 | Great Strides Walk | Siesta Beach | fightcf.cff.org Oct. 4-6 | SSOVA Volleyball Tournament | Siesta Beach ssova.com Oct. 12 | Flamingo 5K | Siesta Beach | myfavoriteraceevents.com Dec. 23 | Christmas Eve Service | Siesta Beach | ChurchofthePalms.org
CHECK OUT THESE OTHER EXCITING

TED SPERLING NATURE PARK

190 Taft Drive, Sarasota

Experience the natural beauty and unique waterways of Sarasota County.

RENTALS AND TOURS

Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent: explore on your own or through a scheduled guided tour. The best part? No need to worry about transporting a kayak or paddleboard around.

BEACH WEDDINGS

Did you know you can book your favorite beach for your wedding venue? Secure your date by calling 311.

Visiting Siesta Beach or Venice Beach? Look for the beach access mats, a nonslip semi-rigid and stable rollout pathway, perfect for wheelchair accessibility.

41 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

TURTLE BEACH CAMPGROUND

8862 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota

CAMP AT ONE OF FLORIDA’S FINEST BEACHES!

Year-round / Rates range from $56-$65 per night

Turtle Beach Campground is Sarasota County’s premier beachfront campground on Siesta Key. From sunrise to sunset, there is nothing like camping next to the Gulf of Mexico. This unique campground features 40 RV and tent sites with full hookups. The tree-lined campground has crushed shell padded campsites and a picnic table at each site. You are only a moment’s stroll to the beach and your own personal paradise. Camp just minutes away from Siesta Beach, one of the premier

beaches in the U.S. Take the free, open-air trolley into town and visit all that Siesta Village and other parts of the key have to offer including restaurants, recreational rentals, sightseeing and more. To protect the natural areas, no pets are allowed (except service animals). Call 941-861-CAMP (2267) or visit turtlebeachcampground.com for more information or to book online. All amenities at neighboring Turtle Beach Park are also accessible to campground guests.

VENICE BEACH

101 The Esplanade, Venice

Also features: Sand volleyball, a historic pavilion, shaded concession areas and a popular destination for divers looking to explore the artificial reef in the area.

ACTIVITY

BEACH YOGA

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / On sand, main beach access / Daily, varying times, both mornings and evenings

Yoga helps with flexibility and stress reduction. Come out to Venice Beach Yoga for a relaxing session on the sand. For times and more information, call 941-408-9642.

TURTLE BEACH PARK

Experience the natural beauty and pristine waterways in Sarasota County.

RENTALS AND TOURS

Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent. Explore on your own or through a scheduled guided tour. The best part? No need to worry about transporting a kayak or paddleboard around. Vendors will meet you on-site. For more information visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

42 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

VETERANS DAY CAMPING WEEKEND

43 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs and activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance).
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NATURAL AREAS AND TRAILS Introduction

Natural Areas and Trails are the perfect places to reconnect with nature, but they also offer an ideal backdrop to learn and gain new outdoor skills to get fit or simply relax and enjoy nature in all its splendor. With more than 55,000 acres of managed natural areas, the opportunities are endless. Specialized nature walks address a wide range of interests, including plant and animal identification, coastal landscapes, birding, habitat management and even full moon walks!

You may want to join us for an event like The Role of Prescribed Fire in Florida’s Ecosystems at Curry Creek Preserve or you might want to simply relax at one of the natural areas through peaceful meditation.

Natural Areas and Trails also provide an excellent place for fitness. Whether jogging or hiking along our natural trails, biking along The Legacy Trail or using outdoor exercise equipment found in several of our parks, it’s easy to get off the beaten path at these parks.

NATURAL AREAS GUIDE

A GUIDE TO SARASOTA’S NATURAL AREAS

The goal of this guide is to help you discover a variety of ways to experience our community’s natural areas, learn about our amazing environment and wildlife, and enjoy being active outdoors.

Sarasota County’s vision is to be the premier community where people choose to live, work and play. Our network of natural areas is extensive and contributes to this goal by providing many special places to get outside, escape everyday stresses and enjoy all that these areas have to offer.

The Natural Areas Guide highlights 23 sites that feature exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities. Get out there, share your experiences with others and enjoy!

To view the Natural Areas Guide, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

Together we can ensure that our community’s investments in these lands are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Get off the beaten path and discover Sarasota’s natural areas.

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Community gardens provide a place for individuals to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. Gardeners can improve their families’ health and nutrition while reducing food costs. For details, please contact UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County by phone at 311 or by email to sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu.

Dog-friendly Parks, Natural Areas and Trails

Visit our dog-friendly areas, where dogs are welcome on a hand-held, maximum 6-foot leash.

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Airport Community Park Culverhouse Nature Park
Laurel Park Nokomis Community Park North Port Warm Mineral Springs COMMUNITY GARDENS Agriculture 4-H Youth Development UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County 941.861.5000 sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu 6700 Clark Road, Twin Lakes Park (Green Building) Sarasota 34241-9328 scgov.net/extension sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota Find YOUR activity at EXTENSION AnEqualOpportunityInstitution.View thecompletepolicyat ada.ufl.edu and www.scgov.net/ada • Classes, workshops and events (most free!) • 4-H youth clubs, camps and activities • Community and school gardens • Master Gardener Volunteer training and activities Helping you build a better future. Learn more at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota. Register at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. Gardening/Landscaping Nutrition/Healthy Living Natural Resources Sustainability • Free home landscape irrigation evaluations • Plant Clinics: Expert plant and pest advice • Home energy workshops with upgrade kits • And much more Colonial Oaks Park Englewood Sports Complex Jelks Preserve Lakeview Park The Legacy Trail Nathan Benderson Park Nokomis Community Park Phillippi Estate Park Potter Park Red Bug Slough Preserve Scherer Thaxton Preserve Shamrock Park Sleeping Turtles Preserve North Urfer Family Park and many more! For a complete list, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

CARLTON RESERVE

T. MABRY

CARLTON, JR. MEMORIAL RESERVE, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice

Also features: exceptional backcountry wilderness reserve with more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

ACTIVITIES

PRIMITIVE TENT CAMPING

Year Round / Ages: All (minors accompanied by adults) / Fees: Adults are $5 per person per night with a $10 minimum, organized youth groups and children 17 and under are $2 per person per night with a $12 minimum, applicable taxes apply. / Check-in 3 p.m, check-out 1 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy primitive tent camping at one of three sites while hiking and enjoying the diversity of wildlife.

Developed by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources, use the “Natural Areas Story Map” to:

• Take a virtual, guided hike through select county parks and preserves

• Learn about the plants, animals, and habitats at each location

• View photos taken along the trail

• Find more information and resources about Sarasota County’s natural areas

VOLUNTEER AT THE CABIN

The Visitors Cabin is regularly staffed by volunteers answering questions and providing public information.

The Friends of Carlton Reserve invite you to volunteer with many of their preserve activities!

Take it on your mobile device to learn onsite or explore virtually from anywhere!

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Introducing the Natural Areas Story Map
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THE POWER OF PARKS

Do you know the power of your local parks and recreation? Yes, they provide beautiful green spaces and fun programs, but they do so much more and the benefits are immense. Learn more at www.nrpa.org/power-of-parks and watch the video.

PARKS HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL POWER

1 ACRE OF

TREES

absorbs the carbon dioxide produced by DRIVING A CAR 11,000 MILES.

PARKS HAVE SAFETY POWER

In Macon, GA, a revitalized park that included new programming and beautification efforts reduced incidents of crime and violence by 50% .

PARKS HAVE HEALTH POWER

Increased access to places for physical activity leads to a 25% increase in people exercising 3 or more days a week.

PARKS HAVE COMMUNITY POWER

Parks strengthen community ties and bring diverse populations together.

Parks have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives, and protect the future.

Parks are the most powerful aspect of every community.

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#PowerOfParks Sources: Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, American Planning Association

CELERY FIELDS

REGIONAL STORMWATER FACILITY, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: Boardwalks with observation decks, the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and the Sarasota Audubon Nature Center.

ACTIVITIES

EXPLORE CELERY FIELDS

Nov. 12, Dec. 10 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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 on a guided walk through the site. Participants should be prepared to walk approximately two miles along mostly unpaved and often uneven, rocky or grassy surfaces, some of which will be uphill. For details, call 311 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

ECOWALK: SUNSET ADVENTURE FAMILY EVENT FOR TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE WEEK

Sept. 28 / All ages / Fee: Free / Thursday, 6-7:15 p.m.

Enjoy the mysteries of nature with the setting sun! Discover the wonders of the natural world and learn about the animal and plant families that call the outdoors home. Meet at the kiosk near the bathrooms at the base of the hill. Families of all ages welcome, fun activities for kids. Minors should be accompanied by an adult. Guided by our UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County 4H Youth Development agent. Registration required due to limited space. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/1964829

48 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.
GO BIRDING! Visit Sarasota Audubon Nature Center at Celery Fields!

CURRY CREEK PRESERVE

Note: Activities listed below are located at east entrance.

1500 Pinebrook Road, Venice (east entrance) • 1075 Albee Farm Road, Venice (west entrance)

Also features: Dog-friendly area and kayak launch at west entrance.

ACTIVITIES

INTRODUCTION TO THE LONGLEAF PINE ECOSYSTEM

Oct. 2 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance at the hiking trail / Wednesday, 8-10 a.m.

Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist on a hike through the beautiful longleaf pine flatwoods of Curry Creek Preserve. Along the way, you’ll learn about the interesting life history of longleaf pines, their historical uses, some of the common plants and animals that inhabit longleaf habitats and potential threats to this increasingly rare ecosystem. For details, call 311 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

RESTORATION OF NATIVE COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS

Oct. 17 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance at the hiking trail / Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist on a hike along the trails of Curry Creek Preserve to learn about habitat restoration including invasive plant management in natural area parks of Sarasota County. A portion of this walk may go off trails through areas of the preserve along Curry Creek with a focus on the floodplain marsh communities. Participants should bring drinking water, closed toe shoes and be comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES OF SARASOTA COUNTY

Oct. 7 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance at the hiking trail / Monday, 9-11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll through some of Sarasota County’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive preserved lands with a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator. Learn about our amazing local ecosystems, what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed-wise and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

THE ROLE OF PRESCRIBED FIRE IN FLORIDA’S ECOSYSTEMS

Dec. 5 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the east entrance at the hiking trail / Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m.

Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist on a guided nature walk to learn how Sarasota County uses prescribed burns to manage natural areas, parks and preserves. Topics will include the history of fire within these landscapes and how fire-dependent habitats and wildlife species have evolved to coexist with periodic fires.

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Florida milkweed (Asclepias feayi) Pine lily (Lilium catesbaei) Sarasota County natural area prescribed fire

DEER PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE

SOUTH ENTRANCE

10201 South Tamiami Trail, Venice

Also features: Portions of the preserve that are adjacent to the Myakka River, the state designated Wild and Scenic River.

ACTIVITY

FROG CALL NATURE WALK

July 19 / Ages: 8 and up / Meet at the fishing pier / Friday, 8-10 a.m.

Dust off that headlamp and join us for a night hike to learn about the frogs and toads that call Deer Prairie Creek Preserve home. Learning will focus on identification by sight and sound, natural history, and the importance of amphibian conservation. Participants should meet on the fishing pier and be prepared to walk approximately 2 miles. Closed-toe shoes, water and bug repellent are recommended. Reservations are required.

CENTRAL PROCESSING

Find our team at the Pompano Trailhead, located at 601 S. Pompano Ave., Sarasota or call 941-861-PARK (7275) to make a reservation today.

Be sure to follow @SRQCountyGov on Facebook for your one-stop shop to live, learn and play in Sarasota County! Stay up to date on all things happening countywide and when you’re there, check out #SRQCountyParks for upcoming park events.

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Green tree frog

LEMON BAY PARK

570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood

Also features: Nature trails and boardwalks overlooking the bay. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space/pavilions. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

LEMON BAY F.I.S.H. PROJECT

Year-round / Ages: 8 and up / Fee: Free / Park / Second Saturday of every month, 9:30-11 a.m.

Get a little wet, have a little fun, 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. For registration, call Chuck Idelberger at 941-488-8998.

CULTURAL CRAFTS

June 6 and 20; July 18; Aug. 1 and 15; Sept. 5 and 19; Oct. 3 and 17; Nov. 7 and 14; Dec. 12 and 19 / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Meet in large meeting room / Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Love quilting and its cultural heritage? Fabric arts and stitching date back thousands of years. Join fellow quilters of various backgrounds and skill levels to sew, share and learn new techniques. This program takes place indoors and occurs the first and third Thursdays of each month. For more information, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

A PRESCRIPTION FOR FIRE

Nov. 1, Nov. 8 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet in front of the Environmental Center / Friday, 9-10:30 a.m.

Fire is a natural part of the Florida ecosystem. In order to prevent larger wildfires and to promote the health of the forest, prescribed fires are an essential tool for land managers. Join Park Naturalist and certified wildland firefighter Sean McGrail on a walk through Lemon Bay Park to discuss the role of prescribed fire, the requirements to perform them, and techniques used to ensure the safety of the surrounding areas. Please be ready for a 1.5-mile walk through potentially uneven terrain and bring any necessary sunscreen and water.

Are you interested in having a program or walk for your group, HOA or organization beyond what is offered in this guide? We're here to help! For more info, call 311.

ECOWALK: MANGROVES

Aug. 12, Sept. 11, Oct. 11, Nov. 13, Dec. 4 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet in front of the Environmental Center / Multiple days, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County’s local Florida Sea Grant agent Armando J. Ubeda for a mangrove walk as he discusses the importance of our native mangrove species and their role in the livelihood and protection of our coastline community. Participants are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes, hats and have drinking water available. Registration required due to limited space at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY IN PERIL

Sept. 13 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet in large meeting room / Friday, 9-10 a.m.

The state and federally threatened Florida scrub-jay is the only species of bird unique to Florida. Why have the numbers been on the decline and is there anything we can do to help? Join Park Specialist Sean McGrail as he teaches us about Florida scrub-jays and their disappearing habitat.

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PARKS AND PRESERVES

June 6 and Dec. 16 / Ages: Adult / Fee: Free / Meet at kiosk / Thursday and Monday, 9-11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll through some of Sarasota County’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive preserved lands with a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator or volunteer. Learn about our amazing local ecosystems, what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed-wise, and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Appropriate for ages 12-102.

Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

51 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE

2695 Bridge St., Englewood

Also features: Home to some of the county’s remaining scattered pockets of scrub habitat.

ACTIVITY

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES

Oct. 21 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at kiosk by the parking area / Monday, 9-11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll through some of Sarasota County’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive preserved lands with a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator. Learn about our amazing local ecosystems, what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed-wise and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

2024 SARASOTA COUNTY PARK FAST FACTS

Acres of park land | 55,000

County-managed parks | 150

Miles of trails | 450

Miles of beaches | 35

Number of playgrounds | 48

Number of athletic fields | 91

Number of beaches | 14

52 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

53 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311. Register online at SarasotaCountyParks.com, call 311 or scan the QR Code. PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Saturday, Sept. 28
a.m. All ages welcome! Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance).
8:30-11:30
Help improve Phillippi Estate Park by weeding, pruning, removing nuisance plants, planting native plants and paving a path for a new trail.
Bring loppers or hand pruners, a shovel, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, water, bug spray and sunscreen.
• Wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes, such as hiking boots or sneakers.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Water and snacks will be provided. Please bring a re llable water bottle.
SARASOTA COUNTY PARKS, RECREATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
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OLD MIAKKA PRESERVE

251 Myakka Road, Sarasota

Also features: Four miles of trails that provide wildlife viewing opportunities including gopher tortoises, butterflies and songbirds.

ACTIVITY

RELISH THE REMNANTS OF NATURE

Oct. 3 / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at picnic shelter / Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

Old Miakka Preserve contains rare remnants of longleaf pine forest and Florida scrub. Join an environmental specialist on a walk through these habitats learning about the natural communities and the management methods used to restore and maintain them. If conditions are right, the trail edges may be dotted with fall wildflowers to admire including Florida paintbrush and blazing stars. Some of the trails may be wet, please wear appropriate shoes.

Honeycomb head (Balduina angustifolia)

POCONO TRAIL PRESERVE

189 Pocono Trail, Nokomis

Also features: waterfront preserve on Shakett Creek, observation platform, shady trails.

ACTIVITIES

MANGROVES, ESTUARIES AND UPLANDS

Nov. 6 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance picnic table / Wednesday, 9-11 a.m.

Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist to learn how to identify our native mangroves and the important role they play in the estuarine food web and in providing nesting area rookeries for a wide variety of wading bird species. For details, call 311 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

DONA BAY PADDLE TO POCONO PRESERVE

Oct. 3 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at Loreto Park boat ramp at 800 Loreto Court, Nokomis / Thursday, 8-10 a.m.

Take a short paddle trip into Dona Bay and along the mangrove and coastal hammock communities of Pocono Preserve learning about the estuary system and importance of coastal creeks in Sarasota County. Attendees must bring their own kayak and required safety equipment. Registration required. Call 311 or email parksonline@scgov.net

PLANT AND ANIMAL ID WALK

Nov. 20 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance picnic table / Wednesday, 8-10 a.m.

Explore the preserves natural habitats with a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist who will identify both native and non-native plants and resident wildlife found on-site. Don’t forget your binoculars! For details, call 941-861-5000, 311 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

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RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE

5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota

Also features: Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, shady rubberized trail, playground and a butterfly garden.

ACTIVITIES

ECOWALK: SHINRIN YOKU: “FOREST BATHING” MEDITATION IN THE PARKS

June 15, July 6, July 27, Aug. 17, Aug. 31, Sept. 7 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at kiosk / Saturday, 9-10 a.m.

Join us for a contemplative walk where we will practice mindfulness, breathwork and using all our senses to connect with nature. Join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator or volunteer for an exploration of finding peace within nature and get healthier along the way! Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

MANAGING A NATURAL AREA PRESERVE IN SUBURBIA

Nov. 14 / Ages: 11 and up / Meet at information kiosk / Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist to learn about strategies used to protect and manage natural area preserves when they’re surrounded by the suburbs. During the walk, you’ll see examples of some of the habitats found onsite and learn about the measures being taken to keep them healthy and functional for the wildlife species found here. In addition, participants will learn about some of the challenges involved with managing fire-dependent habitats, invasive plants and animals and the impacts of park visitors and pets. For details, call 311 or or email parksonline@scgov.net.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Dec. 6 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at information kiosk / Friday, 9-11 a.m.

As urbanization spreads across the state, natural preserves are becoming islands surrounded by a sea of development. With development comes the spread of invasive species causing habitat degradation in parks. This is a major challenge for preserve managers. Join an environmental specialist in a walk through one of Sarasota County’s beloved preserves to learn about the battle between the good (native plants) and the bad (invasive plants). Learn to identify the invasives found in the preserve, what can be done to manage them and what you can do to help.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR PARKS?

Your feedback is valuable to us!

Visit bit.ly/PRNRsurvey to take a survey to let us know how we’re doing. This survey should take about five minutes or less to complete.

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SHAMROCK PARK

3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice

Also features: 2.3-mile paved multi-use trail for wildlife viewing, hiking and biking located on the Intracoastal Waterway. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

DEMONSTRATION GARDEN TOUR

June 6, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5 / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Demonstration garden / Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Master Gardeners will be in the Demonstration Garden at Shamrock Park to answer questions, provide free tours and give expert advice on Florida-friendly landscaping. No registration necessary. For more information, call 311.

RECYCLING AND REDUCING PLASTICS

Sept. 11 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Classroom / Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.

Recycling and Reducing Plastics is a new, open-discussion class focused on the issue of plastic pollution. The class focuses on the major issues surrounding our plastic usage and discusses solutions. Additionally, the course will discuss recycling with waste reduction, composting and other topics. We aim to involve individuals passionate about protecting the environment and are willing to work to make our community healthier. The goal is to facilitate a discussion about the state of recycling. Registration required at: ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com

LET’S BUILD A WORM BIN

Nov. 13 / Ages: All / Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m.

Get wormy with us! Learn how to build your own worm composting bin with the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County faculty. This educational program offers hands on experience and is fun for the whole family. Registration required at: ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com

LET’S MAKE SOME BLACK GOLD/COMPOSTING

July 17, Oct.16 / All ages / Fee: Free / Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon (July); 3-4 p.m. (October)

Join us to learn what UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is doing around the region with composting, waste reduction and recycling. This workshop blends indoor lessons with outdoor, hands-on activities in our compost demonstration area, and includes live demonstrations of our biogas and vermicomposting programs. Registration required at: ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com

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SLEEPING TURTLES PRESERVE NORTH

3462 Border Road, Venice

Also features: Multiple passive recreation opportunities and preserves the character and quality of the

ACTIVITIES

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES OF SARASOTA COUNTY

Sept. 23 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Monday, 9-11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll through some of Sarasota County’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive preserved lands with a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator. Learn about our amazing local ecosystems, what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed-wise and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Appropriate for ages 12-102. Registration required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

SLEEPING TURTLES PRESERVE SOUTH

2800 N. River Road, Venice

Also features: Shady hiking trails through oak hammocks and pine flatwoods.

ACTIVITY

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES OF SARASOTA COUNTY

Nov. 18 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Monday, 9-11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll through some of Sarasota County’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive preserved lands with a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator. Learn about our amazing local ecosystems, what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed-wise, and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Appropriate for ages 12-102. Registration required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

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SOUTH VENICE LEMON BAY PRESERVE

6200 Osprey Road, Venice

Also features: A peaceful retreat for visitors and a refuge for several protected animals and plants.

ACTIVITY

ECOWALK: SCRUB STROLL

Nov. 4 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Monday, 9-11 a.m.

Stroll with a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator through the scrub, a unique environment in an ancient dune system. Learn about threatened, endemic and keystone species found in this habitat, such as the Florida scrub-jay and gopher tortoise. Appreciate the wonders of the scrub, and how we can help protect this dwindling habitat. Participants should wear comfortable footwear for walking in soft sand. Be prepared for limited shade. Appropriate for ages 12-102. Registration required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

SNOOK

HAVEN...GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE AND THAT OLD FLORIDA FEEL!

Snook Haven is a county-owned park with a restaurant on the Myakka River. The restaurant and outdoor music venue features a smokehouse-style menu with barbecue and southern-style dishes. You can make it an all-day adventure with our canoe rentals and pontoon boat rides, live music and a welcoming atmosphere!

5000 E. Venice Ave., Venice 941-485-7221 • snookhaven.com

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THE LEGACY TRAIL

Multiple trailheads

Also features: The Legacy Trail is one of the most popular recreational trails in Sarasota County and now offers more than 30 miles of access! View a list of trailheads by visiting SarasotaCountyParks.com

Ashton Trailhead, 4301 Ashton Road, Sarasota SPECIAL EVENTS

POP UP IN THE PARK

June 1 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Adjacent to the playground / Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate National Trails Day and bring the kids to get their creativity moving. Kids will create a one-of-a-kind hiking stick that they can take on the trail for future adventures. Free and no registration required. Parental assistance is required. For additional information, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

Sarasota Springs Trailhead, 4012 Webber St., Sarasota

POP UP IN THE PARK

Oct. 18 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Adjacent to the playground / Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heading to the playground? Swing by our table for a fun and educational nature craft. Children will construct a take-home nature journal and will have the opportunity to learn about animal tracks, signs and scat. Parental assistance is required. For additional information, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

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URFER FAMILY PARK

4012 Honore Ave., Sarasota

Also features: Outdoor fitness equipment, a paved fitness trail, a nature trail, a boardwalk overlooking wetlands and the historical Dr. C.B. Wilson House. This park offers outdoor reservable space/pavilions. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES

HISTORY IN THE PARK: DR. C.B. WILSON HOUSE OPEN HOUSES

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / C.B. Wilson House / Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon

Take a self-guided tour through the historic Dr. C.B. Wilson House to learn about the house, the Wilson family and other historical aspects of Sarasota County. Volunteer docents are onsite to guide you through the house and to answer your questions. For details, call 311.

FOREST BATHING AND MEDITATION

Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 20 / Ages: 11 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the pavilion / Fridays, 8-9:30 a.m.

Join us for a relaxing walk through the natural trails, taking in the forest atmosphere. This exercise from Japan is known as shinrin-yoku. Leave your cell phone behind and immerse your senses in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.

SPECIAL EVENTS

ECOWALK: FAMILY FULL MOON WALK

Nov. 13 / All ages / Fee: Free / Pavilion / Wednesday, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Enjoy the mysteries of the moonlight. Discover the wonders of the night sky and observe nature by night. A night adventure awaits you to explore the natural environment and learn about the animal and plant families that call the outdoors home. Families of all ages welcome, fun activities for kids. Minors should be accompanied by an adult. Guided by our UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County 4H Youth Development agent. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/236989

ECOWALK: NATURE AT NIGHT

Oct.19 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet at the pavilion / Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County’s Chemicals in the Environment Agent, Jackie Lebouitz, for Nature at Night! Enjoy a presentation about some common nocturnal animals, followed by a trip outside to search for some of these elusive creatures. This is a family-friendly event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/2162209

or call 311.

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VENICE AREA AUDUBON ROOKERY

4006 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice

Also features: Internationally known to bird photographers. Freely open to all visitors from 6 a.m. to sunset every day of the year. A covered pavilion provides front row seats to birds coming into the Rookery at sunset.

SPECIAL EVENTS

ECOWALK: BATS! A FAMILY ACTIVITY

Oct. 25 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet at the pavilion at the rookery / Friday, 6-7 p.m.

Join Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator, and Sarasota County Parks naturalists, for an evening of activities about bats, and then take a sunset stroll to see the bats emerge from their houses! Registration required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/2162209

ECOWALK: BATS AND BIRDS! FAMILY EVENT FOR TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE WEEK

Sept. 27 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet at the pavilion at the rookery / Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator, and Teresa Good, Sarasota County Parks naturalist, for an evening of bird watching, bat and bird activities and watching the bats emerge from their houses! Minors should be accompanied by an adult. Registration required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/1964829

Discover a Park Enhance Your Wellness

Every new year, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offers fun and active events to promote health and wellness for you and your family! There is no need to wait for January, though. There are plenty of events to enjoy year-round. Bike The Legacy Trail or discover one of our many natural areas parks any time, any day!

For more ideas, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

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TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE WEEK

SEPT 27 – FRIDAY

Join Sept 24 30 Sarasota County offers of free events* to help children—and families—explore nature.

F Family Event: Bats and Birds – Venice Area Audubon Rookery, Venice – 6:30-7:30p

SEPT 28 – SATURDAY

F Family Exploration Stations – Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota, 9a to noon

Family Shelling and Shark’s Teeth Art – Caspersen Beach Park, Venice, 3:30-5p

Family Sunset Walk – Celery Fields, Sarasota, 6-7:15p

SEPT 29 – SUNDAY

F Family Saltwater Fishing – South Lido Beach, Sarasota, 9a to noon

Family Yoga and Treasure Quest – Urfer Family Park, Sarasota, 10-11:30a

F Family Kayaking Experience – Bay Preserve at Osprey, Osprey, 2-3:30p OR 4-5:30p

DETAILS AND YOUR EVENT – eventbrite.com/cc/1964829 *Eventregistrationrequired Questions? sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu or call 311 (941.861.5000 outside Sarasota County)

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64 For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311. HOW TO REACH US: Mailing address: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources 1660 Ringling Blvd., Fifth Floor, Sarasota FL 34236 Phone: 311 JOIN OUR TEAM! View Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources job opportunities at SarasotaCountyParks.com
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