Institutional Members

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program

1926 Victoria Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 338-2556


The CHNEP is a partnership working to protect the natural environment from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven through implementation of a 20-year plan, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), to protect estuaries and their watersheds.





Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

400 Palmetto Ave
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 918-2100


Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a nonprofit land trust that works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the beauty and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida's Gulf Coast. The Foundation purchases natural areas, holds conservation easements, and educates for responsible stewardship.

Sea to Shore Alliance

4411 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
(727) 954-3390


Sea to Shore Alliance works to protect and conserve our world’s fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. Our project areas are broad but they all focus on one of three key species: manatees, sea turtles, and right whales.







Florida House Institute


4454 Beneva Rd
Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 924-2050


Florida House was the country’s first green demonstration house open to the public.  Now it is positioned to be the nation’s first high-performance retrofit demonstration house. Florida House aims to be the go-to place for facilitating continuous improvement to homes, neighborhoods and communities through cooperation, partnership, and collaboration.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

253 13th Avenue S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-2765


The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan. TBEP is an intergovernmental partnership that works with a variety of formal and informal partners to achieve specific measurable goals for bay improvement.


Historic Spanish Point

337 North Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 966-5214


Historic Spanish Point is a 30-acre environmental, archaeological, and historic site on Little Sarasota Bay. It features the nation's only archaeological exhibition built inside of a shell mound. The meandering grounds feauture gardens, relics from Florida's pioneer heritage and maritime history.



Manatee County Natural Res.

415 10th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 745-3727


Manatee County Natural Resources is responsible for managing over 30,000 acres of conservation properties in Manatee County. Staff monitor air and water quality, enforce hazardous waste and mining regulations, and oversee many aspects of development and wetland protection providing for the protection of the County's natural resources.

Selby Botanical Gardens

811 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-5731


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens strives to provide enjoyment and education to all 180,000 visitors who tour the Gardens each year. The Gardens maintains a collection of more than 20,000 plants across 13 acres and eight greenhouses, with a strong emphasis on scientific research, education, horticultural display and conservation.


Mote Marine Laboratory

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441


Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, the organization operates seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages. Nearly 350,000 visitors from around the world experience Mote Aquarium each year.

Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
(941) 361-6511


Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The "Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River" flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation.



New College of Florida

5800 Bayshore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 487-5000


New College of Florida is a nationally ranked leader in the arts and sciences, the State of Florida's honors college for liberal arts and sciences, and a top Fulbright producer with a waterfront campus on Sarasota Bay. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, New College offers a personal and collaborative learning environment.

Oscar Scherer State Park

1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 483-5956


A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing with paddling along South Creek.


Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 351-5100

Ringling College of Art + Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering Bachelor's degrees  in 14 disciplines. In addition to its degree program, Ringling College offers courses, lectures, exhibitions and other art-related services to the local and regional community through its gallery, library, continuing education and community service programs.

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

111 S Orange Ave Ste 200W
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-8085

SBEP is an intergovernmental partnership dedicated to restoring and protecting Sarasota Bay. Our partners include Sarasota and Manatee counties; cities of Sarasota and Bradenton; Town of Longboat Key; Southwest Florida Water Management District; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sarasota Bay Watch

P.O. Box 1141
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 918-2700


Sarasota Bay Watch is a grass-roots community-based organization committed to protecting and restoring Sarasota Bay's ecosystem through community education and citizen participation, including a multi-year citizen-driven initiative to restore scallops to Sarasota Bay using community fund-raising and volunteers.


Sarasota County

Natural & Water Resources
UF/IFAS Extension
(941) 861-5000

Sarasota County monitors, protects and conserves its air, water and land with a focus on maintaining and improving its natural systems across 563 square miles and 37 miles of Gulf beaches. Sarasota County is a leader in innovative environmental management and sustainable living. Sarasota's focus on quality of life outshines many growth communities.

Save Our Seabirds

1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-3010

Save our Seabirds is a wildlife conservation and education organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured birds, and to educate the public about nature and environmental sustainability.

South Florida Museum

201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 746-4131

South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, interpreting the region from the Pleistocene to the present. The organization also includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium - home to Snooty, the oldest known living manatee.

City of Sarasota

1565 First Street
Sarasota, FL 34236


City of Sarasota envisions a sustainable future through projects, programs and policies to improve the sustainability of city operations and the community, meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations.




University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-4200


USF Sarasota-Manatee offers over forty bachelor's degree, master's degree and certificate programs in four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Hospitality & Technology, including state-of-the-art biology teaching labs at Mote Marine Laboratory in support of a new Bachelor of Science in Biology degree.

DeSoto National Memorial

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 792-0458 x105


DeSoto National Memorial is part of the U.S. National Park Service. The highlights of the park include living history programs and demonstrations, and during the summer months, guided kayak tours in the surrounding water and bays. Park Rangers and staff are on hand to assist visitors in their historical understanding of Hernando DeSoto's conquest.


Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236


Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program has been studying the Sarasota Bay Dolphin population for over four-decades, the longest running dolphin research program in the world. Pioneering the use of systematic long-term dolphin surveys, we have learned about dolphin social behavior and habitat needs, and natural and human threats to dolphin health.

Lemur Conservation Foundation



(941) 322-8494


The Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art. The Myakka City reserve, now home to over 50 lemurs, is 130 acres and encompasses diverse vegetation zones that range from freshwater marsh to scrub to oak-pine mixed forest.

Sarasota Audubon Society

999 Center Road
Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 312-6533


Sarasota Audubon is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, dedicated to the protection, conservation and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment. Visit us at our LEED GOLD Certified Nature Center at the Celery Fields, an oasis of restored wetlands and prime birding and wildlife habitat. Join us for local birding trips and conservation projects.


Affiliate Members

Venice Area Audubon Society

4002 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL
(941) 496-8984

Florida Journeys Communications


(941) 228-4715

Solutions To Avoid Red Tide




Florida Native Plant Society Serenoa Chapter




Around The Bend Nature Tours



(941) 794-8773




(941) 545-7338

Founders Garden Club of Sarasota


(941) 926-9294


Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism




Stocking Savvy




Sunshine Community Compost





Transition Sarasota



(941) 702-GROW

Sarasota Bay Foundation




Pelican Cove Condominium

1615 Pelican Point Drive
Sarasota, FL 34231

This Spaceship Earth