Nov. 13 Bobby Jones Day to provide educational opportunities at city golf club

Guided bird-watching walks and discussions of environmental efforts underway to be part of event

The nature trails at Bobby Jones Golf Club are open to the public for free use. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

On Saturday, Nov. 13, an organization called Conserve Bobby Jones Now will host Bobby Jones Day at the City of Sarasota golf club starting at 8 a.m., the organization has announced. “Walk the trails and learn about the watershed, wetlands restoration, birds, butterfly gardens and habitat, Golf Plans, Connectivity with the Legacy Trail, Conservation and much more!” a news release says.

The event will be free, the release adds.

Bobby Jones Golf Club and Nature Trails are located at 1000 Circus Blvd. in Sarasota, just north of the intersection of Beneva and Fruitville roads.

The following schedule has been provided for Nov. 13:

  • 8 a.m. — Audubon Society-guided bird-watching walk.
  • 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. — registration.
  • 8:45 a.m. — opening remarks, wetlands restoration presentation, and the opening of the marked trail loop. “[V]isit experts along the way and learn as you walk!” the release says.

The event will conclude at 10:30 a.m., the release notes.

Along with the Sarasota Audubon Society, the partners in the event are the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; START (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide); Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Friends of the Legacy Trail; the Manatee Sarasota chapter of the Sierra Club; the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension of Sarasota County; the Environmental Caucus of Sarasota County Democrats; The Active Suncoast Foundation; the Science and Environment Council; The Retreat Reserve Coffee and Restaurant; and the Kimley-Horn consulting firm.

The Bobby Jones Golf and Nature Trails remain open to hiking while planning for restoration of the golf course and wetlands and watershed improvements are underway, the release explains. “Bobby Jones Day is the culmination of the work of local neighborhood groups and Conserve Bobby Jones Now, a local advocacy organization focused on conservation,” the release points out.

Those who plan to attend may RSVP by contacting Conserve Bobby Jones Now at 941-650-7807 or by emailing clearlycreative@aol.com. However, the release notes that while RSVPs will be appreciated, they are not required.

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