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April 30th: 2nd Annual Seagrass Survey, 1st Annual SeagrassFest!

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WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
WHERE: Ken Thompson Park - 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34236 – View Map
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Watch a video about last year's seagrass survey

Join us for the 2nd Annual Sarasota County Seagrass Survey on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Ken Thompson Park. Then, stick around to enjoy the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's 1st Annual SeagrassFest, which runs from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Seagrass Survey is a FREE citizen science event that celebrates Sarasota County’s commitment to its water resources and focuses on increasing awareness of the economic and environmental value of seagrass habitat. Survey volunteers will take to the waters around Sarasota Bay to count and identify seagrass species, in an effort to collect data for the County's Seagrass Monitoring Program. Registered volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and free lunch voucher (redeemable at one of the food truck vendors present at the SeagrassFest).

Seagrass Survey Agenda:
7:30am – 8:00am: Volunteer Sign-In/Packet & Equipment Pick-up
8:00am – 9:00am: Volunteer Orientation & Training
9:00am – Noon: Data Collection (Survey)
Noon: Volunteers Return (Sign-In). Each survey volunteer will receive a free lunch voucher that can be used at any food truck vendor at the SeagrassFest upon checking data sheets & field equipment back in.
Noon – 1:00pm: Seagrass Survey Volunteer Lunch, Appreciation & Acknowledgements

For more information, please visit: Sarasota County Government: (keyword search: "Seagrass Program")
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If you decide to stick around for the SeagrassFest, you're in for a treat!

SeagrassFest will feature educational exhibits, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program news about seagrass restoration efforts, hands-on activities, food, music, games & more! It's FREE to attend and is fun for the whole family! Registration is not required.

For more information, please visit the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's website