Beach University sessions to start again on March 2

Sarasota County programs to be conducted at main pavilion at Siesta Key Public Beach

Beach University will start again on March 2, the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department (PRNR) has announced.

The PRNR staff and the Siesta Beach Ambassadors will present free, hour-long, environmental education seminars about the county’s beaches and habitat every Thursday in March, a news release notes. The programs are recommended for individuals age 10 and up, the release adds. No registration is necessary.

The topics for the sessions, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., will be as follows:

  • March 2 —Got Sand?, presented by Jonathan Poyner, Siesta and Lido Beach coordinator for PRNR.
  • March 9 —Human Behaviors on the Environment, presented by Jason Robertshaw, program manager for virtual learning at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
  • March 16 —Where Do Shells Come From?, presented by Armando J. Ubeda, a Florida Sea Grant agent with the county’s University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension program.
  • March 23 —Turtle Tagging and Satellite Tracking, presented by Jim Grimes, a geographic information systems (GIS) professional who works for the county’s Enterprise Information Technology Department.
  • March 30 —Fire in Coastal Ecosystems, presented by Matt Brady, environmental specialist with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

Attendees are asked to meet at the Siesta Key Public Beach main pavilion. “If you wish to attend a session virtually,” the release notes, “keep an eye on our Facebook page for the recorded sessions.”

For more information, call 311 or click on the Facebook page, staff advises.