SBEP Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program Offers Six Free Guided Trips Through April
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is offering six free guided kayak tours of Sarasota Bay through April. The trips are available through the SBEP Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program now in its sixth season. Upcoming trips include Lido Mangrove Tunnels on February 2 and February 16, Blind Pass on March 2 and March 16, and Lyons and Blackburn Bay on April 6 and April 20. The two trips to Leffis and Jewfish Key in January are already reserved. Two prior trips in December explored Neal Preserve located in Manatee County.
The SBEP Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program is a fun learning opportunity for experienced kayakers to discover the plants, wildlife, habitat, and restoration projects that distinguish Sarasota Bay. Brad Tanner, an expert kayaker and the School Programs Coordinator with Mote Marine Laboratory is the program guide.
Additional information and online registration is available at sarasotabay.org. Participants are required to bring their own kayak. Professional outfitters throughout the region rent kayaks and offer demonstrations and beginner classes.
SBEP is dedicated to restoring Sarasota Bay. Its unique program strives to improve water quality, increase habitat and enhance the natural resources of the area for use and enjoyment by the public. Sarasota Bay is one of 28 estuaries in the United States that have been named by the U.S. Congress as an "estuary of national significance." Partners include Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.