The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District seeks provide diverse recreational opportunities for residents and visitors through facilities and programs that meet the needs of the community while increasing their quality of life. Our Bayfront Community Center offers room rentals and a salt water fishing camp.
In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life. The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.
Anastasia State Park is part of the Florida Park Service, under the Department of Environmental Protection. Conveniently located in the bustling historic town of St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park also provides beautiful beach recreation. Outdoor educational programs for school groups are offered as well as interpretive programs such as marsh and beach walks with a ranger, and sea turtle and history programs for the whole family.
The mission of TASCO Teen Fishing Club is to provide an opportunity for teens to participate in a no-fee program that will teach them the art of fishing, conservation, and promoting marine stewardship with emphasis on safety. The TASCO Teen Fishing Club uses fishing to build youth's self-esteem and self-confidence, working to ensure that every child gets an opportunity to experience the thrill of sport fishing and a basic introduction in the marine sciences.
The Band of Brothers is a fellowship of men of all ages, young and old. Our mission is to help men grow in their faith and character. We do this through developing relationships to encourage, support, and mentor others. This is done through study, public service, and fellowship opportunities (i.e., archery). Band of Brothers fellowship and study opportunities vary from month to month. We have offered a variety of outdoors activities archery, corn hole, golf, paintball, camping, fishing, axe throwing, and more.
Ravine Gardens State Park is one of the nine New Deal-era state parks in Florida. Aptly named for the two ravines up to 120 feet deep with banks at 45 degree angles, the ravines were transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1933. Visitors can enjoy the views of the remaining original landscape along a unique system of trails in addition to other amenities including picnic sites, and the Civic Center complex with a large pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms available to rent.
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is part of a 16,000 acre Preserve on the West Central side of Pasco County Florida. The park provides a day use area with picnic areas, shelters, pavilions, restrooms, large playground area and access to an extensive trail system. The trail system provides nature hiking, off road biking, equestrian trails and a paved multipurpose trail. The park also offers camping facilities which include 16 primitive tent camping sites arranged in a loop, 3 remote back
country camping sites, a group camping area and 8 primitive cabins arranged in a loop.
When the Anne Kolb Nature Center opened on February 10, 1996, it was the culmination of a lengthy process that involved many years of planning and development. Today, the nature center complex is a 1,500-acre coastal mangrove wetland that's home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. Fossil-fuel boats are not permitted in the open waters and on the paddling trails of West Lake. Trail maps are available at the visitor center. The nature center is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
The First Tee of The Palm Beaches offers a golf program at 24 golf courses in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The program is expanding and offering angler instruction to the young people it works with.