About the Celery Fields Explorers Program
In January 2013, we launched our Celery Fields Explorers program for Sarasota County schoolchildren. With support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation which provided matching funds (the program costs $20,000 per year and SAS members provided half) for us to launch the program, we were able to provide education and transportation for more than 1100 schoolchildren who came to the Fields for environmental education.
Operated by Around the Bend Nature Tours, the program is standards based and fun too!
With the continued support of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and support from the Natural Heritage Fund, we have been able to continue and grow this popular educational experience. In 2014, we were able to bring an additional 1,200+ children to the Celery Fields, and this highly acclaimed program has been funded again for 2015, underscoring the value and importance of environmental education.
Read about a day at the Celery Fields Explorers Program. Observations by Betty Matthews, Sara King and 5th grade students at Pine View School.