Mission: Promote and advocate science, conservation, and environmental issues in sarasota and manatee county for maintaining and improving quality of life through education, public outreach, demonstration, information gathering and analysis, and special projects.
Programs: Water quality - outreach via events and social media to raise public awareness about watershed issues important to sustaining quality of life in southwest florida. Estimated direct reach of programs: 10,500 people ; 387,000 people reached indirectly through social media and print media.
ecko - collaborative sustainable ecotours with expert educators and scientists from sec member organizations and visiting 30+ natural and educational attractions across sarasota and manatee counties. 84 tour reservations. Promotion of sustainable ecotourism in published articles and vidoes, reaching 100,000 through website and social media.
watershed audio tour of sarasota and manatee watershed sites to promote water conservation and water quality. Direct reach to 2,500 people who called to listen to atleast one tour stop with 7,900 minutes of airtime.
community conversations - workshop to create the climate council of sarasota-manatee, a facilitated network of experts and practitioners working on climate chage issues in the sarasota manatee region. Collaborative work to advance regional understandings of climate chage through science and education and to help translate those understandings into planning and projects.