Good News

Conservation Foundation Permanently Conserves 64 Acres Along the Manatee River

Crooked River Ranch provides opportunities for coastal resiliency, water quality protection and native habitat restoration.

02/20/2024 By Staff

Caught on Film

Conservation Foundation Opens Its Virtual Summer Photo Contest Exhibit

The beauty of natural Florida is showcased in this juried exhibition. Here's a look at the winners.

06/22/2023 By Staff


Myakka River State Park, Circa 1950

One of the first protected lands in our area, the park opened in 1942.

05/18/2023 By Bethany Ritz


Conservation Foundation Protects 8 Acres in Charlotte County

The newly conserved land is adjacent to Don Pedro Island State Park.

12/19/2022 Photography by Staff


Conservation Foundation’s Myakka Headwaters Preserve Grows by 69 Acres

The newly conserved land is adjacent to the existing 363-acre Myakka Headwaters Preserve—conserved in October 2020—where seven streams converge to create the Myakka River.

12/12/2022 By Staff

The Climate Crisis

What Is Coastal Resilience and Why Is It Crucial for Sarasota?

Hurricane Ian decimated parts of the Gulf Coast. Now, local leaders are sharing insights into how we can rebuild in a sustainable way.

10/24/2022 By Laura Paquette


Community Collaboration Permanently Protects 191 Acres in Sarasota County

The property is a birding hotspot, and a portion of the land is part of the largest floodplain marsh in the Myakka River basin, called Tatum Sawgrass Marsh.

09/02/2022 By Staff


Conservation Foundation Protects 10 Acres in Collier County

The land is home to a variety of animals listed as species of greatest conservation need—including the Florida black bear, Florida panther, wood stork, and Big Cypress fox squirrel.

08/25/2022 By Staff

Grant Report

Barancik Foundation Board Approves $8 Million in Grant Funding

Plus, the Van Wezel Foundation reports $540,000 in funding over the past year and more.

08/22/2022 Photography by Staff


See the Winners of the Conservation Foundation's Summer Photo Contest

Plus, vote for your favorite in the People's Choice category.

08/05/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Fast Track

Julie Schwartz Named Director of Development at Van Wezel Foundation

Plus, more local hires, promotions and scholarships.

06/13/2022 Photography by Staff

Summer Nights

Join the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast for Food Truck Friday Night

Enjoy a family-friendly, fun-packed evening at Bay Preserve in Osprey.

06/03/2022 By Lauren Jackson


Conservation Foundation Protects Critical Florida Panther Habitat

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, only 120 to 230 adults currently remain in the wild.

03/29/2022 By Staff


Conservation Foundation Presents Luncheon Lecture With Dr. Jack Longino

A Sarasota native whose family owned an 8,732-acre ranch, Longino is a professor of biology at the University of Utah.

03/24/2022 By Staff


Gulf Coast Communtiy Foundation Awards $75,000 to Conservation Foundation

The funding is in support of the Quad Parcels re-wilding.

03/08/2022 By Staff


Conservation Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant for Youth Programming

The funds come from the Manatee Community Foundation.

03/03/2022 By Staff


Conservation Foundation Permanently Protects 14.38 Acres in Manatee County

The newly protected land is located between Braden River Park and the Honi Hanta Girl Scout Camp.

01/18/2022 Photography by Staff

Teed up

Plans to Renovate Bobby Jones Golf Complex Get the Green Light

After years of neglect and delays, the Sarasota City Commission approved plans to move forward with renovations and conservation of the 300-acre property.

01/11/2022 By Kim Doleatto


Jelks Family Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Conservation Foundation

The funding will be used for conservation of priority land in Manatee County.

12/14/2021 By Staff


Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $62,500 Grant to Conservation Foundation

The funding will help fund the creation of a new Nature Interpreter position and program.

12/08/2021 By Staff