More Travel & Outdoors

They're Back!

After Nearly 12,000 Years, Coyotes Return to Florida—and Sarasota

Coyotes are so established in Florida that they've become naturalized—meaning they're a part of the ecosystem.

06/14/2022 By David Hackett

Nature Lover

Rattlesnake Key Slated to Become a State Park

The Manatee County island, just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Terra Ceia Bay, is a slice of undeveloped Old Florida.

06/09/2022 By Kim Doleatto

The Green Living Toolkit

How to Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics

Two local experts share education and tips.

05/13/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Yes Scrubs

Seeing a Scrub Jay Is a Bucket List Item for Any True Floridian

The state’s sole endemic bird species can most easily be found at Oscar Scherer State Park.

05/12/2022 By Isaac Eger

Outdoor Adventures

Celebrate Mother's Day Outdoors at One of These Six Gorgeous Destinations

Sometimes, all Mom wants on Mother's Day is some peace and quiet in the great outdoors. Here are some local spots you should hit up this Sunday.

05/06/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Bee Mindful

Sarasota Green Group Shares the Importance of Bee Conservation with Local Classrooms

The academic curriculum created by the group and the nonprofit Pollinator Partnership teaches students the importance of keeping bees alive.

05/05/2022 By Samantha Lane

The Path Forward

Photographer Carlton Ward Jr. Is Using His Lens to Help Save Wild Florida

The story of the Florida panther is one of near extinction, followed by a dramatic rebound and a shaky status quo.

05/05/2022 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Save the Manatee

DeSantis Announces $30 Million in Funding for Manatee Rescue Programs, Habitat Restoration

More manatees died in 2021 than in any other year on record.

05/02/2022 By Staff

Fishing

Accessible Lake Osprey Fishing Pier Opens at Oscar Scherer State Park

The project has been in the works for almost 15 years.

04/28/2022 By Staff

Bee Smart

'Discover the Wonder of Bees' at a Free, Family-Friendly Event

This Saturday, April 30, beekeepers will lead activity stations with interactive demonstration hives, honey tastings, games, crafts and story time.

04/27/2022 By Samantha Lane

Bay Watch

Help the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Check on Our Seagrass This Weekend

Become a citizen scientist by recording the health and quality of Sarasota Bay seagrass.

04/26/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Nesting Season

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins May 1

With the first nest of the season found on April 24, residents are urged to keep light out of sight and remove unused beach furniture and coastal structures.

04/25/2022 By Staff

Gawkers Delight

Quick! Grab a Spot on Selby Gardens’ Boat Tour to Spanish Point

You’ll learn about water, nature, history and, of course, gawk at waterfront mansions.

04/21/2022 By Susan Burns

Fancy Plants

Fancy Leaf Plant Shop Opens in Parrish

Fancy Leaf Plant Co. began as a mobile plant shop, but opened a storefront with coffee shop in Parrish in late 2021.

04/21/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Buckle up

Hurricane Forecast Predicts 22 Named Storms—Including Five Major Hurricanes

Sarasota's Climate Adaptation Center recently unveiled its forecast for the coming season.

04/18/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Clam It Up

Sarasota Bay Watch to Release 120,000 Clams into Bay This Month

It's part of the organization's mission to release a million clams into the bay this year and help improve water quality.

04/15/2022 By Staff

Best Kept Secret

The Elling Eide Center is Now Open to the Public

Take a tour of the late Chinese scholar Elling Eide’s bayfront preserve and renowned Asian studies research center.

04/14/2022 By Susan Burns

The Green Living Toolkit

How to Turn Your Yard Into a Paradise for Florida Wildlife

Two experts explain how your yard (or even just your balcony) can have a positive effect on the environment.

04/14/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Earthy Art

Claire Calvino Uses Banana Paper, An Eco-Friendly Alternative, to Make Whimsical Art

Calvino owns In Love and Daisies where she sells prints on banana paper, a less polluting, wasteful and more sustainable alternative to traditional paper.

04/11/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Volunteers

Florida State Parks Foundation Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

The recognitions include volunteers in Sarasota-Manatee.

04/07/2022 By Staff