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To live in harmony with the Florida environment, we need to be aware of how our lives intersect with and affect it. We offer information about the animal and plant species that live here, as well as the coasts, estuaries, forests, swamps, lakes, hammocks, and wetlands that make our state unique, so you can enjoy and help preserve these treasures.

Learn more about how Extension helps you protect and enjoy the natural resources of Sarasota County and Florida, through the following programs:

Waste Reduction

Teaches and employs innovative, waste-limiting strategies and programs to create a healthier, more sustainable county.

Water Resources

Builds a water conservation ethic through education and citizen science, to protect and sustain our limited resources.

Chemicals in the Environment

Promotes responsible use of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals to limit unintended impacts to the health of humans, animals and the environment.

Ecology and Natural Resources

Fosters conservation of and connections with our ecosystems, through education about and wellness opportunities among the area’s diverse natural resources.

Marine and Coastal

Highlights and helps preserve the quality and abundance of marine and coastal resources through education and hands-on experiences.