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Beach University returns Thursdays in March

Sarasota County's free coastal education program is back for its 17th year with five one-hour sessions at Siesta Beach starting March 2.

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Beach University, an educational series by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, returns for its 17th year to Siesta Beach. Sessions begin 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2, and will continue every Thursday in March. 

The free series is in partnership with the Siesta Beach Ambassador volunteer program, inviting residents to learn about coastal environments and how best to care for the ecology in each of the one-hour hands-on sessions.

The schedule includes

  • March 2: Got sand?
  • March 9: Human behaviors on the environment.
  • March 16: Where do shells come from?
  • March 23: Turtle tagging and satellite tracking.
  • March 30: Fire in coastal ecosystems.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating is limited. No registration is required. The sessions may be joined virtually at SRQCountyGov on Facebook. For more information visit



Andrew Warfield

Andrew Warfield is the Sarasota Observer city reporter. He is a four-decade veteran of print media. A Florida native, he has spent most of his career in the Carolinas as a writer and editor, nearly a decade as co-founder and editor of a community newspaper in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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