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Registration is open for the 2023 Florida Waters Stewardship Program

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Become a Water Steward – Working With Water, Working With People

To make a difference for water in our community, we must understand the various ways in which we interact with water. As Floridians, we are connected to our streams and bays by our faucets and laundries, to our neighborhood ponds and lakes by our yards and streets, and to our regional and statewide neighbors by our surface and groundwater supplies. This program will use expert presentations, experiential learning, field experience in watershed science, and communication skills training to foster a greater understanding of these interactions and provide the tools necessary to become stewards of our water resources.

During this seven-session course, stewards will travel to locations across Sarasota and Manatee County to learn about emerging water issues, meet with local experts, and explore the natural beauty found in these areas.

Dinner will be served at each session. The cost is $100 for all 7 sessions.

To register (via please visit the link below.

Sessions include:

  • Mar. 8 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Welcome and Overview. The NEST at Robinson Preserve.
  • Mar. 15 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Watershed Basics and Stewardship. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. TBD.
  • Mar. 22 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Changing Waterscapes + Working With Thorny Issues. Island Branch Library & Perico Preserve.
  • Mar. 29 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Water Laws and Other Tools + The Power of Partnership. Turtle Beach.
  • Apr. 5 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Future Water Supply & Emerging Issues + Communication. Carlton Water Treatment Facility.
  • Apr. 12 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Stakeholder Panel Discussion + Stewardship Project Updates. Mote Marine Classroom.
  • Apr. 19 (4:00 - 7:00 pm): Speaking of Water + Elevator Stewardship / Graduation / Expected Outcomes. UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County - Kendrick Auditorium.

This course has limited seating/availability. Register early to reserve your spot. For more information about this course,