Take a hike

Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Day to Visit a State Park

It's become an annual tradition for my family to head out to Myakka River State Park on Thanksgiving Day.

11/24/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Environment

State Awards $55,000 Grant to Sarasota for Tree Management

The grant will allow the city to create an inventory of trees, identify diseased and dangerous trees, and plant new trees in low-income areas.

11/23/2020 By Staff

Rescue Mission

Mote Caring for Six Cold-Stunned Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

The six turtles in Mote's care have been nicknamed Art, Blue Spruce, Fraser, Douglas, Canaan and Noble.

11/23/2020 By Staff

Environment

Sarasota County Acquires 100 Acres for Conservation

The county recently acquired 20 acres along the Myakka River and 80 acres in the Old Miakka area.

11/20/2020 By Staff

A Match Made in Heaven

Mote, Waterlust Partner to Create Eagle Ray-Themed Workout Gear

Turns out, eagle rays' distinctive spots make perfect patterns.

11/10/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Hive Helpers

How to Recycle All Those Political Signs—and Help Honeybees, Too

Donate your signs to Sarasota Honey Company, where they'll help keep bees warm.

11/06/2020 By Megan McDonald

Rescue Mission

Wildlife Inc. Has Been Rescuing Wildlife Since 1988

In 2019, 3,000 rescues were performed, and about 80 percent of those were released into the wild.

11/01/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Parks to Play In

Hike—or Drive—to Emerson Point Preserve, a Native American Temple Mound

A highlight is the sandy shoreline at the westernmost tip, with Robinson Preserve and DeSoto Memorial across the river and Anna Maria Island and the Sunshine Skyway in the distance.

10/31/2020 By John McCarthy

Exploring the Green Banana

Mote Scientists Dive Into the Green Banana, One of the World’s Deep Blue Holes

Shaped like an hourglass, the hole starts about 150 feet below the surface and goes down to a 425-foot depth. It had never been explored scientifically before this summer.

10/31/2020 By Susan Burns

Climate

Climate Adaptation Center Launches Website on Oct. 30

Find out more about the organization in two Zoom events tomorrow. (And guess what? It's not all bad news.)

10/29/2020 By Susan Burns

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go Camping on Siesta Key

The Turtle Beach campground has direct beach access and activities for the whole family.

10/28/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Conservation

Conservation Foundation Announces Myakka Headwaters Protected

The 363 acres at the headwaters of the Myakka River in Myakka City are next to the 2,300-acre Flatford Swamp, the river's largest forested wetland.

10/21/2020 By Staff

Awards

Conservation Foundation Announces 2020 Conservation Honorees

The Manatee Fish & Game Association and Beautiful Ponds were both honored at the foundation's virtual Conservation Reception.

10/16/2020 By Staff

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go on a Fun Beginners' Fishing Trip

Sarasota Saltwater Adventures offers weekly fishing charters for the family or for solo fishermen and -women.

09/30/2020 By Allison Forsyth

The Calm Before The Storms?

It's Quiet in the Tropics Right Now—But Probably Not For Long

This time of year has traditionally been the most dangerous for storm activity on the Gulf Coast.

09/29/2020 By Bob Bunting

Bay Watch

Portions of The Bay's Mangrove Walkway Will Open in Mid-October

Segments of phase one of the project, which include the mangrove walkway, trails and benches, will open to the public next month.

09/24/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Spend a Day at the Beach With the Dog

Venice's Brohard Beach and Paw Park lets you bring your canine companion along for a day of surf and sun.

09/23/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go Horseback Riding at Myakka River Trail Rides

The property's 40 acres of sprawling fields and shaded trails, along with purebred, trained horses, will have you feeling like a certified cattle wrangler in no time.

09/16/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Mars Attacks!

Mars Will Make Its Closest Appearance Since 2018 Next Month

The best night to observe the red planet will be Oct. 6, but it will still be remarkably close and bright for a few weeks before and after that date.

09/11/2020 By Jonathan Sabin

Snorkeler's Delight

Sarasota's Waterways Are Filled With Vibrant Wildlife

Turtles, dolphins and stingrays, oh my! Here's some of the marine life you'll find in our local waters—and some best practices for sharing it with our fishy friends.

09/08/2020 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson