The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s Bay Guardians will visit Arlington Park Saturday, January 25 to remove Air Potato vines and seeds. Removing the invasive plant supports the vitality of native vegetation. Prizes will be given for the biggest and smallest air potato seed collected during the morning project.
Other upcoming volunteer outings in 2014 include a native planting along the Braden River at Jiggs Landing February 8, a rain garden planting project at New College of Florida March 15, and a joint planting project with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program at Perico Preserve April 12. All of the projects take place in the morning followed by a picnic lunch provided by SBEP.
The Bay Guardians are the largest and most active volunteer program in the region focused on Sarasota Bay. The award-winning volunteer program is managed by SBEP in partnership with Around the Bend Nature Tours. New volunteers receive a blue tee shirt featuring the Bay Guardians logo. Each outing features environmental education and a picnic lunch. Join the Bay Guardians for a single project or as an ongoing commitment. Local school, scout and church groups interested in volunteering should contact Stephanie Hames at email@example.com.