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Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer Series: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Educational Outreach Garden

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February 12, 2024

Welcome to our "Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer" blog series, where we delve into the inspiring stories and impactful contributions of the passionate individuals who form the backbone of our gardening community. These dedicated volunteers bring ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Demonstration Garden, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pgm_HortRes
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Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer Series: Shamrock Park Demonstration Garden

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January 24, 2024

Welcome to our "Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer" blog series, where we delve into the inspiring stories and impactful contributions of the passionate individuals who form the backbone of our gardening community. These dedicated volunteers bring ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Demonstration Garden, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pgm_HortRes, Shamrock Park

Wild Sarasota: Florida’s Wading Birds and the Plume Trade, A Story of Conservation


January 23, 2024

The Plume Trade: When Killing was Fashionable The origins of the Plume Trade can be traced back to the 19th century and Victorian fashion, a style that included elaborate assortments of silk, ribbons, and exotic bird feathers on large, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Audubon, Birding, Birds, Conservation, Pgm_EcoNR, Plume Trade, Wading Birds, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife

Wild Sarasota: Florida’s Engaging Egrets


January 22, 2024

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... Is it an egret or a heron? Well, biologically there isn't much of a difference. Taxonomically, egrets and herons are classified in the same Order and Family, meaning they are very similar. In fact, the ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Animals, Birding, Birds, Nature, Pgm_EcoNR, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife
Laurel Community Garden wide view of path and plots with vegetables growing

Navigating Your Next Garden Adventure


December 16, 2023

Sarasota County is robust with green growing spaces. And, they've become easier to find and explore, with our new gardens story map. The story map—an online, interactive tool— showcases the demonstration and community gardens in our extension ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Community Garden, Demonstration Garden, Garden, Grow, Pgm_Gardens, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
A banner photo of two people kayaking through a mangrove tunnel reads Sarasota County Natural Areas Story Map, with the UF/IFAS Extension and Sarasota County logos on either side.

Sarasota County’s Natural Areas Story Map Brings Nature to You

Zahir Ringgold Cordes, Environmental Education and Outreach Program Assistant for UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County's Ecology and Natural Resources Program
December 14, 2023

Living on the Suncoast offers us a wide variety of opportunities to play outdoors and enjoy the true natural beauty of Florida’s unique ecosystems and habitats. From world class beaches to beautiful natural area preserves that host fascinating ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Accessibility, Environment, Hike, Naturalareasstorymap, Nature, Outside, Pgm_EcoNR, Story Map, Storymap, Virtualexperience, Wildlife

Learn More and Apply for an Internship with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County!

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December 8, 2023

2024 Sarasota County Summer Internship applications are available! Are you interested in getting hands-on experience in your chosen field? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Intern Sarasota County is dedicated to providing ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Communications, Ecology, Intern, InternSarasotaLife, Internship, Natural Resources, Pgm_EcoNR, Pgm_Sustain
Treasure Quest booklet - What Treasures Will You Find?

Treasure Quest


November 29, 2023

Hi there! My name is Ozzy the Otter, and I have some exciting news for you. Treasure Quest locations have popped up all across Sarasota County! Come play with me and learn all about what nature has to offer at your favorite park or library. ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Adventure, Education, Fun, Game, Libraries, Parks, Pgm_Water, Quest, Treasure, TreasureQuest, Youth
A meadow of Muhly at Shamrock Park in South Venice. Not pictured here, are several gopher tortoise burrows scattered throughout the muhly grass. Bunch grasses provide valuable shelter for wildlife.

Plants at Their Peak: Magical Muhly!

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November 9, 2023

Plants at Their Peak: Magical Muhly!  As late autumn arrives, native Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) takes center stage in Florida landscapes, showcasing its natural beauty and ecological significance. Muhly grass is a true spectacle ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Pgm_HortRes, PlantsAtTheirPeak, Wildlife

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