It Takes a Village
“We put on anywhere from 40 to 60 free public environmental programs for people of all ages every single month throughout the parks and preserves of Manatee County,” says Sarah Denison, Education and Volunteer Program Manager. She and outreach specialist Crystal Sherer do more than just educate and entertain people with nature-centered events. Their team is also responsible for protecting and nurturing the area’s parks, preserves and beaches.
“Our core team consists of three education specialists, a volunteer coordinator, our division manager, and then Crystal who runs our special events program,” Sarah explains. But that’s not all. “We also have a volunteer program with over 400 volunteers who help us out with everything from taking out the trash to planting native plants, removing invasive plants and more. So, we're busy,” says Sarah, who loves sharing her passion for nature with visitors and locals alike.