More Travel & Outdoors

Happy Trails

Five Bike Trails to Please Any Kind of Rider

We’ve found five rides off the beaten path, from urban to rural, inland to coastal, that offer variety in scenery and skill level.

11/01/2021 By Isaac Eger

Sustainability

Registration Open for Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

This year’s workshop, themed “Roots of Sustainability,” will be held virtually.

10/29/2021

Conservation

Sarasota County Votes to Purchase Conservation Foundation’s Recently Protected Land

Sarasota County commissioners approved the purchase of 228 acres in Old Miakka.

10/26/2021 By Staff

Chill Out

It's Never Not a Good Time to Visit Florida's Incredible Natural Springs

Central Florida's springs might feel a little chillier than usual this time of year, but they're still an amazing destination.

10/22/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Up to Bat

Ecologist and Educator Dr. Katherine Clements Shares Nine Fun Facts About Bats

Peek into local bat life at the Venice Audubon Society and Rookery.

10/20/2021 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Conservation

Conservation Foundation Protects 228 Acres in Old Miakka

The land is a critical link between Sarasota County’s Old Miakka Preserve and the Conservation Foundation’s Tatum Sawgrass Scrub Preserve.

10/14/2021 By Staff

Red Tide

Sarasota DOH: Red Tide Is Present in the Gulf (Again)

Elevated levels of red tide have been detected at most Sarasota County beaches.

10/07/2021 By Staff

Conservation

Willis Smith Joins Project Team at the Quad Parcels at the Celery Fields

The Quad Parcels project will create a new habitat to attract more birds and provide additional public opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing.

10/04/2021 By Staff

From the Editor

Can Nature Sue Florida?

If this sounds far-fetched, remember that corporations have been given rights and legal personhood.

09/27/2021 By Susan Burns

Good Deeds

Mote Releases Adorable Sea Turtle Hatchlings Into the Wild

The turtles had been hospitalized after being recovered from pools.

09/24/2021 By Megan McDonald

Piney Point

What’s Going to Happen with Piney Point’s Toxic Wastewater?

Manatee County has approved injecting it deep into the aquifer. The public can weigh in on Oct. 6.

09/20/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Red Tide

Solutions to Avoid Red Tide Launches Regional 'Healthy Ponds Collaborative'

The new collaborative aims to help more neighborhoods upgrade their ponds, more effectively remove red-tide causing nutrients, and cost-share the improvements.

09/15/2021 By Staff

Environment

Celebrate 'National Cleanup Day' in Sarasota This Weekend

North and South Sarasota County parks and beaches will have community cleanup events on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8-10 a.m.

09/13/2021 Photography by Allison Forsyth

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

A new production at Manatee Performing Arts Center, an opera movie screens, art museum talk and butterfly lore.

09/09/2021 By Kay Kipling

Update

Is There Still Red Tide in Sarasota Bay and the Gulf?

Harmful algal blooms have diminished near Siesta, Lido and Longboat Keys, but are still present in Venice and south Sarasota.

08/23/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Weather

Sarasota’s Climate Adaptation Center Updates Its 2021 Hurricane Forecast

Three climate factors will keep this an active peak season.

08/16/2021 By Bob Bunting

Weather

Tropical Depression Fred Is Heading Our Way

Fred is expected to stengthen into a tropical storm in the next day or so.

08/13/2021 By Bob Bunting

Nature

Free Admission to Warm Mineral Springs Offered Saturday

Florida's only natural warm spring is free for all Sarasota County residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

08/13/2021 By Staff

Bird's Eye View

Ecologist Meg Lowman Will Discuss New Memoir at Bookstore1

Global pioneer in forest canopy ecology, author and speaker Meg Lowman, aka "Canopy Meg," will be talking about her new memoir, "The Arbornaut," next week.

08/03/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Rock Out

'Sarasota Rocks' Rock Painting Group Brings Smiles to Locals

The popular group has more than 8,000 members on Facebook.

08/02/2021 By Allison Forsyth