Free Beach University classes to begin again at Siesta Public Beach on March 5

Pavilion is site of the program, with classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

County signs welcome visitors and residents to Siesta Public Beach. File photo

As the only institution of higher learning with a 100% acceptance rate, Beach University will start welcoming students again in March, Sarasota County has announced.

“Although Beach University is not an official college, the environmental education program is free and open to the public,” a news release explains. “All are welcome to attend the hour-long outdoor sessions with exceptional instructors and hands-on curriculum,” the release adds. “All courses relate to the coastal environment and how to best care for the ecology.”

This year’s classes will cover sharks, habitat restoration, shells, manatees, invasive vegetation “and the battle to preserve our beaches,” the release notes.

Beach University will be held each Thursday and Saturday in March, beginning March 5. All classes will be conducted from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Siesta Public Beach, which is located at 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key, the release points out. The classes are held at the main pavilion.

No registration is required, the release says, but seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

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