It’s the 2014 Giving Partner Challenge - Give $25 to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks on May 6th!

It’s the 2014 Giving Partner Challenge - Give $25 to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks on May 6th!

Regattas coming to Benderson in April, May, and beyond - Volunteer with us!

Regattas coming to Benderson in April, May, and beyond - Volunteer with us!

(Source: irow, via just-keep-rowing)

Wildflower is one of limited number of sites around the country selected as part of Field & Stream’s conservation “Hero for a Day” program for 2014. 

Volunteer projects on March 29th will include juvenile tarpon research in Lemon Creek, invasive plant removal, native plant seedling collection and planting, and replacement of wetland plants in the artificial floating islands (a water quality project).  Students and parents from L.A. Ainger Middle School will be at the preserve to participate in the volunteer projects and members of the community are invited to join us. 

Volunteer Opportunities and more - from FOSCP Prez Terry:


Booth opportunity:


We have been invited to the SunCoast BBQ- Bluegrass Bash on the Venice Fair Grounds (next to the airport) on April 19th. There will be thousands of people present. We can not sell anything or ask for
donations but we can pass out information about parks and your chapter. Let me know if you would like to share a booth with FOSCP - there will be lots of other non-profits at the event.

Please stop in at Macy’s and make a donation to the Friends of Potter Park, Macy’s is matching every dollar donated in the month of March.

Tour De Parks is on the 23rd — you can go to our or the Friends of the Legacy Trail web-site to find out more info.

Also, on March 17 the Sertoma Club of Venice will be at the gun range to help collect gun casings for FOSCP on the 17th from 3PM to dark — join us if you have time/interest.

On March 22 we will be at Caspersen Beach for the Great American
Clean-up from 8 to noon. Again, join in if you have time/interest.

On March 26 from 5-7PM at the Nokomis Community Center (FOSCP office) there will be a public meeting on the Blackburn Point Park construction project.

We presently have over 2 dozen recognition (memorial) projects which does not include the new opportunities at North Jetty Park and Siesta Beach. Thanks to Ed Wolfenbarger, George Tatge and all the others that helped install a bench/plaque this past week.

All for now — have a great week…Next FOSCP Board of Director’s
meeting is on the 27th at 4:30 at Twin Lakes. Yep, you guessed it - join in if you have time/interest. :-) TR

destinationnorway:

Parts of the forest I’ve never seen before
Now that the snow has retreated for another year, the forest is stretching and waking up again.  

destinationnorway:

Parts of the forest I’ve never seen before

Now that the snow has retreated for another year, the forest is stretching and waking up again.  

Regattas coming!

Regattas coming!

(Source: ciaran-m, via therowinglife)

Here Comes the 2014 Giving Challenge and The Friends are Taking It On

A note from Mary Brown, Coordinator of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks:
“Get ready for the 2014 Giving Challenge! The Friends of Sarasota County Parks will be one of hundreds of nonprofits participating in the Giving Challenge coming up on May 6 and 7.
This is a great opportunity for the Friends to raise funds to support our parks and to raise awareness about the wonderful work being done by all of our Chapters.
The Friends of Sarasota County Parks makes it possible for talented, passionate individuals in our community to come together in support of a common cause or to fill a need. From adding new playground equipment to a favorite park, building a community garden, recruiting volunteers to clean our beaches, creating new dog parks, or building butterfly gardens, the Friends and its Chapters make Sarasota a better place to live and play. Keep an eye out for more information on how to make this year’s Giving Challenge a huge success by donating to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks during the 24 hour online fundraising campaign on May 6 and 7!”


Mary Brown is the Friends’  community liaison for the Giving Challenge. Here are the nuts and bolts of the Friends’ approach to the Challenge:
It’s a 24 hour-challenge, noon May 6-noon May 7.
100% of the money raised by a Chapter stays with that Chapter.  
100% participation of the board is very important
The Board of Directors at the Feb. 27th meeting approved these additional incentives:
 $250 will go to the Friends Chapter that gets the most donors, and another $250 to the chapter that raises the highest amount of contributions.
If you give a gift of $300 or more to the Giving Challenge, you can get a Recognition Paver at Siesta Beach.
Also, donations to the Legacy Trail on May 6th 2014 go toward the $75,000 Legacy Trail Extension goal at Gulf Coast Gives.

Here Comes the 2014 Giving Challenge and The Friends are Taking It On

A note from Mary Brown, Coordinator of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks:

“Get ready for the 2014 Giving Challenge! The Friends of Sarasota County Parks will be one of hundreds of nonprofits participating in the Giving Challenge coming up on May 6 and 7.

This is a great opportunity for the Friends to raise funds to support our parks and to raise awareness about the wonderful work being done by all of our Chapters.

The Friends of Sarasota County Parks makes it possible for talented, passionate individuals in our community to come together in support of a common cause or to fill a need. From adding new playground equipment to a favorite park, building a community garden, recruiting volunteers to clean our beaches, creating new dog parks, or building butterfly gardens, the Friends and its Chapters make Sarasota a better place to live and play. Keep an eye out for more information on how to make this year’s Giving Challenge a huge success by donating to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks during the 24 hour online fundraising campaign on May 6 and 7!”

Mary Brown is the Friends’  community liaison for the Giving Challenge. Here are the nuts and bolts of the Friends’ approach to the Challenge:

  • It’s a 24 hour-challenge, noon May 6-noon May 7.
  • 100% of the money raised by a Chapter stays with that Chapter.  
  • 100% participation of the board is very important

The Board of Directors at the Feb. 27th meeting approved these additional incentives:

  •  $250 will go to the Friends Chapter that gets the most donors, and another $250 to the chapter that raises the highest amount of contributions.
  • If you give a gift of $300 or more to the Giving Challenge, you can get a Recognition Paver at Siesta Beach.
  • Also, donations to the Legacy Trail on May 6th 2014 go toward the $75,000 Legacy Trail Extension goal at Gulf Coast Gives.
Kudos to Friends of the Parks Board Members!

Solar-powered well, bins and other supplies go to community gardens thanks to the Friends

Kudos to FOSCP Board Members Russell Johnson, Terry Redman and Marcello Paolini! In Fall 2013, Sarasota County was awarded a grant through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This sustainability-based grant provided funding for the installation of a solar-powered well and shed at Englewood Community Garden, located at Buchan Airport Park. Terry and Marcello have been crucial in coordinating distribution of the funding.

http://www.foscp.org/news/solar-powered-well-bins-and-other-supplies-go-to-community-gardens-thanks-to-the-friends

Kudos to Friends of the Parks Board Members!

Solar-powered well, bins and other supplies go to community gardens thanks to the Friends

Kudos to FOSCP Board Members Russell Johnson, Terry Redman and Marcello Paolini! In Fall 2013, Sarasota County was awarded a grant through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This sustainability-based grant provided funding for the installation of a solar-powered well and shed at Englewood Community Garden, located at Buchan Airport Park. Terry and Marcello have been crucial in coordinating distribution of the funding.

http://www.foscp.org/news/solar-powered-well-bins-and-other-supplies-go-to-community-gardens-thanks-to-the-friends

Florida-friendly Trees & Plants

Tell your friends! 
People for Trees will present their informative, interactive “Florida-friendly Trees & Plants” program on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 11AM at the Morgan Family Center, a beautiful community center located at 6207 W. Price Blvd. in North Port.
In just one hour, we’ll tell you the “secrets” of how you can easily and painlessly transform your boring, grass lawn into a thriving, water-conserving, no-fertilizing-needed, low-maintenance Florida-friendly yard! One that you could actually enjoy (instead of just having to mow!). 
Our slideshow features yards and places from right here in North Port that have embraced the Florida-friendly concept as well as the trees and plants of Florida. We’ll provide a handout with our complete tree and plant list, and have a Q&A period.
Ten native trees will be given away as door prizes. FREE! 
Our regular People for Trees meeting will immediately follow the program. All are welcome to stay and find out what we are doing and what can be done to protect and maintain our native tree canopy.  If you can’t make it, pass along this email to someone who may! Thanks and hope to see you Saturday.
 
Alice White
People for Trees, Inc. Since 1997
(941)426-9752
"Save a tree today, and we’ll all breathe a little easier!"
natscape:

Peacocking - 500px - by Chris Boyles
woodendreams:

(by realkuhl)
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest turtle in the world, weighing approximately 900kg. Contrary to appearance, the leatherback doesn’t actually have a shell. What looks like a shell is in fact a leathery skin supported by small bones. This gives it a flexibility that a solid shell would not provide, allowing it to dive to astonishing depths.


The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest turtle in the world, weighing approximately 900kg. Contrary to appearance, the leatherback doesn’t actually have a shell. What looks like a shell is in fact a leathery skin supported by small bones. This gives it a flexibility that a solid shell would not provide, allowing it to dive to astonishing depths.

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