Beach University to continue through December at Siesta Public Beach

Classes take place at the historic pavilion

The pavilion at Siesta Public Beach is an historic structure. 2012 file photo

Beach University, the free Sarasota County environmental education program, will continue through December at Siesta Public Beach, the county has announced.

Held on the first Saturday of each month, classes cover a variety of environmental topics and provide hands-on opportunities for participants “to learn from instructors for how to best care for the ecology,” a news release explains.

The following classes and topics are scheduled as follows:

  • Aug. 4: A talk about sea turtles, presented by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium staff.
  • Sep. 1: Native vs. Exotic Plants on our Beaches.
  • Oct. 6: The Sand and Shells Found on Siesta Key, presented by the Sarasota Shell Club.
  • Nov. 3: Native American Technology, presented by Around the Bend Nature Tours.
  • Dec. 1: Slither and Hiss — Snakesof Florida.

Classes are held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the main pavilion at Siesta Public Beach, which is located at 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key. Registration is not required, but seating is limited, the release adds.

For more information, contact the county Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit