Beach University to return to Siesta Beach March 3

Sessions to be held on two Saturdays and every Wednesday of March

Siesta Public Beach will be the location for Beach University programs. File photo

Beach University, a free environmental education program, will return to Siesta Public Beach on March 3, Sarasota County has announced.

The program teaches people how to best care for the ecology of the area, a news release explains.

“All are welcome to attend the hour-long outdoor sessions, featuring exceptional instructors and hands-on curriculum that relate to the coastal environment,” the release says. This year’s classes will cover “turtles, sharks, manatees, problems with plastics, resilient estuaries, clean water and much more,” the release adds.

In addition to sessions on March 3 and March 24, the release notes, Beach University will be held every Wednesday in March. All classes will be conducted from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the main pavilion at Siesta Beach, located at 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key.

No registration is required, but seating is limited, the release points out. “Bringing your own chair is acceptable,” it adds.

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