Southwest Region Update–September 2014

by Dana on 2014/09/02

in Regional Reports, Southwest

Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help you with that too. Thanks.

Jason Robertshaw
FMSEA Southwest Regional Director
rd-southwest @
941-388-4441 x 250


Southwest Region Outing – November 1, 2014

Join us on Saturday, November 1 for a Southwest Regional Outing. There will be an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop at Mote Marine Laboratory in the morning from 9 am–11 am. We will then explore the Sarasota Bay Waterfest at Ken Thompson Park from 12pm–4pm.

Sarasota County – Community Foundation of Sarasota County Exploration Grant

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has Exploration grant funding available for the 2013-2014 school year. Grants are available to teachers to fund explorations. These funds can cover the cost of the exploration for students, transportation, sub costs (if one is necessary) and other costs directly linked to the Exploration.

FMSEA Annual Conference 2015

Next year’s conference location has been announced. Join us from April 30–May 3, 2015 for FMSEA 2015–TAMPA BAY: VISION OF THE PAST, KEY TO THE FUTURE. Visit to check for details and contact Heather Segura if you’d like to volunteer (


Charlotte Harbor – Seagrass Wading Trip to Cedar Point Park

* WHERE: Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224
* WHEN: Friday, September 5, 2014, 9 am–11:30 am
* DESCRIPTION: Get wild & wet! Join CHEC at Cedar Point Environmental Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish.
*REGISTER: Free but registration required. Call 941-475-0769

Sarasota Bay Guardians–Pond & Butterfly Garden Planting

* WHERE: The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
* WHEN: September 27, 2014
* DESCRIPTION: Sarasota Bay Guardians is a family-friendly volunteer program that SBEP manages in partnership with Around the Bend Nature Tours. The SBEP Bay Guardian program was established to engage residents of all ages in the ongoing efforts to restore and protect Sarasota Bay. It also provides participants with an opportunity to learn and make new connections with other individuals who care about Sarasota Bay habitat and wildlife.
*REGISTER: Sara Kane at (941) 955-8085 or,

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

* WHERE: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
* WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:00–11:00 am
* DESCRIPTION: The workshop is available to certified Florida teachers and/or eligible employees of educational centers. The primary workshop objective is to promote best practices in the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms for educational activities. Upon successful completion of the training workshop, a participant receives a certification that is authorized by both FMSEA and Commission representatives and valid for 3 years.
*REGISTER: $25, online registration

Sarasota Waterfest 2014

* WHERE: Ken Thompson Park, Sarasota, FL
* WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
* DESCRIPTION: Join the fun celebration of the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life featuring live music and the “aqua-garde” fashion show. The party will help raise donations for Sea to Shore Alliance and Save Our Seabirds. Also NEW for 2014 is a Pet Zone with pet-loving exhibitors and giveaways.

2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

* WHERE: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
* WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014
* DESCRIPTION: Students of all ages can work with their peers, adult mentors, marine scientists and conservationists to learn about threats to ocean ecosystems and get a chance to develop their own ocean conservation projects. A variety of workshops and trainings will give them the skills necessary for success. Students will network and learn about careers in the marine science field from a variety of conservation organizations.

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