Sarasota Audubon Society

999 Center Rd
Sarasota, FL 34240
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Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center - The Nature Center is nestled within a native plant garden at the Celery Fields.
Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center - The Nature Center is nestled within a native plant garden at the Celery Fields.
Purple Gallinule - Purple Gallinule--a visitor favorite--viewed from a Celery Fields boardwalk.
Purple Gallinule - Purple Gallinule--a visitor favorite--viewed from a Celery Fields boardwalk.
Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center at the Celery Fields - Looking down from the Celery Fields hill towards Palmer Boulevard and the South Cells.
Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center at the Celery Fields - Looking down from the Celery Fields hill towards Palmer Boulevard and the South Cells.
The boardwalk at Raymond Road; South Cell, Celery Fields - Two elevated boardwalks extend over the wetlands at Raymond Road and Palmer Boulevard, providing excellent bird and wildlife viewing.
The boardwalk at Raymond Road; South Cell, Celery Fields - Two elevated boardwalks extend over the wetlands at Raymond Road and Palmer Boulevard, providing excellent bird and wildlife viewing.
Roseate Spoonbill - Roseate Spoonbills are often seen in shallow pools at the Celery Fields.
Roseate Spoonbill - Roseate Spoonbills are often seen in shallow pools at the Celery Fields.
Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center - The Nature Center provides information about local birding activities, hosts art and photography exhibits, conducts bird, wildlife and conservation education programs, and has a children's area, fossils from the Celery Fields, a gift shop and much more.
Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center - The Nature Center provides information about local birding activities, hosts art and photography exhibits, conducts bird, wildlife and conservation education programs, and has a children's area, fossils from the Celery Fields, a gift shop and much more.

We are the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, dedicated to the protection, conservation and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment, here in Sarasota, Florida.  Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems by connecting with others and using a combination of science, education, and the restoration of our local wildlife habitats.

It’s no surprise that our headquarters Nature Center is located in the heart of the Celery Fields-- Sarasota County’s number one birding destination!  Sarasota Audubon worked with Sarasota County government to restore more than 440 acres of what once were celery farms, creating open marshlands and ponds, edged by oaks, willows and pines, and providing excellent opportunities for wildlife watching.  The Celery Fields is now one of the ‘birdiest’ places on the Great Florida Birding Trail -- with more than 240 bird species spotted -- as well as the county’s award winning regional storm water area.   

When visiting the Nature Center, you might start by chatting with our knowledgeable Audubon volunteers.  They can help describe the birds and wildlife of Sarasota County--and the Celery Fields.  Pick up a Celery Fields trail map, bird checklist, or sign up for one of our guided bird and nature walks, or an overnight trip.  You can join scheduled classes that, for example, aim to improve birding and bird photography skills, help you to experience art outdoors, and even learn Yoga and Tai Chi. 

The Nature Center is a net zero energy, LEED GOLD certified building; our volunteers can point out design features.  In addition to children’s exhibits, fossil displays, and big screen bird and wildlife videos, the Nature Center often presents works of local wildlife artists and photographers.  Surrounding the Nature Center are native plant and butterfly gardens waiting to be explored.  You can bring your lunch and watch for birds from our large, covered patio.  Or, visit our shady Gazebo with its bird feeders and let the birds come to you.  You can refill your water bottle at our hydration station and shop at our gift store for hats, water bottles and more, before heading off to hike the 10 miles of Celery Fields’ trails.  You’ll also want to stop by the two elevated boardwalks extending out over the wetlands.  Every morning, in season, Audubon volunteer Bird Naturalists, equipped with spotting scopes, are stationed at each boardwalk Gazebo to help you locate and identify birds. 

Please visit us at the Sarasota Audubon Nature Center, or, visit our website, www.sarasotaaudubon.org  to learn more about how you can become an Audubon member, or participate in our activities, monthly meetings, conservation projects and more.

PARK DETAILS

Hiking Trails

Sarasota County-maintained restrooms are located nearby, adjacent to the County’s parking lot on Palmer Boulevard.

 

FACILITY AMENITIES

 

Family-Friendly

Handicapped Accessible  

Scheduled Tours Available

WiFi

Picnic Tables

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Sarasota Audubon Nature Center is Open Daily, in Season, Oct. 1- May 31, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Admission: Free.   (Some classes, special events, and overnight trips may have fees)

 

Boardwalk Bird Naturalists (at Palmer Boulevard and Raymond Road Gazebos) are on duty daily, Nov 1-April 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30a.m.

Admission:  Free.

 

The Celery Fields are open daily, 6:00 a.m. to sunset.

Admission: Free.

 

  • Beaches & Parks Details
    • Bicycles Trails
    • Hiking Trails
    • Picnic Facilities
    • Restrooms
    • Wildlife/Bird Watching
  • Facility Amenities
    • Family-Friendly
    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Tours Available
    • WiFi
  • General Information
    • Admission
      • Free
    • Days Open
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    • Hours of Operation
      • Nature Center - open daily 9 a.m.-1 p.m 10/1-5/31., Celery Fields open daily 6 a.m. - sunset,