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2019 Seagrass Survey is moving to a new location! (UPDATED)

Seagrass flyer

UPDATE: The 2019 Seagrass Survey & Festival have been postponed to a date to be announced.

This year's Seagrass Survey and Seagrass Festival events, which will take place on Saturday, April 27th, are changing venues.

The Survey and Festival are moving across Sarasota Bay to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla , adjacent to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

The Seagrass Survey is a FREE, citizen-science event that encourages community members to explore the beautiful and mysterious seagrass habitats while increasing awareness of the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of seagrass ecosystems in Sarasota Bay. We need volunteers to take to the waters in Sarasota Bay to survey seagrass habitats and collect data which contributes to Sarasota County’s Seagrass Monitoring Program.

Following the Seagrass Survey, stay for a nature festival back on land. This FREE, family-friendly festival will feature educational exhibits, hands-on activities, music, food, and more. Wading trips to explore the creatures that live in the seagrass flats will be available for registration. On the trip, participants could find small fish, crabs, sea stars, urchins, and many more species!

To learn more about the role seagrass plays in Sarasota Bay's aquatic environment, and about how the health of seagrass is monitored, visit the “Sarasota Seagrass” page on the Water Atlas website.