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Registration open for Florida Waters Stewardship Program; Classes begin March 8th

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To make a difference in water quality for our community, we must understand how we interact with water. As Floridians, we are integrally connected to our streams and bays by our faucets and laundries, our neighborhood ponds and lakes, and our yards and streets. We are also connected to our regional and statewide neighbors by our surface and groundwater supplies.

In this program, participants will learn from professional experts, experience watershed science in the field, and practice communication skills to foster a greater understanding of our interactions with water and become stewards of our water resources.

During this seven-session course, stewards will travel to locations across Sarasota and Manatee counties 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.

Sessions include:

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

Cost: $125 per person plus service fee (Total $134.24). Registration is online via Eventbrite.

If the cost of this program will prevent you from participating, please complete a scholarship application. There are two full scholarships available for this program. Application deadline is at 11 pm on February 22, 2023.

This course has limited seating/availability. Please register early to reserve your spot. For more information about this course, please contact the Water Resources Agent, Michael D'Imperio, at or 941-861-9818.