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Local Scouts Learn About the Environment

Eco tourWater conservation, invasive plants, and knowing the difference between white and black mangroves were just some of the things that local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts learned about on Saturday April 28th at Joan M. Durante Community Park on Longboat Key. The trip was provided by Take A Child Outdoors and Around the Bend Nature Tours and was sponsored by John Evans of SunTrust Mortgage in Bradenton. Seventeen local scouts enjoyed a 2 ½ hour nature tour of the park lead by guides from Around the Bend and then a cookout lunch provided by Take A Child Outdoors.

After the scouts enjoyed a day at the park, they visited the Aquarian Quest ship, the Galatea which is undergoing restoration in Cortez Village. They were able to board the wooden ship and watch a short video about the programs Aquarian Quest will offer on board the vessel once the restoration is complete. Four educational hands-on learning stations will be available during the three hour sail.


Take A Child Outdoors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of education, environmental awareness, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in children of all ages. We provide a variety of exciting opportunities to explore, understand, and respect the outdoors while encouraging personal growth through experienced-based learning. Take A Child Outdoors is operated by Scott and Crystal Perry of Sarasota.

For more information on Take A Child Outdoors please visit www.takeachildoutdoors.org or call 941.725.1915.

Around the Bend Nature Tours offers outdoor tours for classes, field trips, and day camps in parks and on the water for groups of all ages. Their goal is to give a sense of Florida as “home” and to encourage greater appreciation of Florida’s rich history and conservation of Florida’s wild lands for future generations of people, native plants and animals. Around the Bend Nature Tours is operated by Karen Fraley of Bradenton.

For more information on Around the Bend Nature Tours please visit www.aroundbend.com or call 941.794.8733.

Aquarian Quest will offer onboard education programs in alignment with Sunshine State Standards for Science Education. Every program is designed to have each student actively participate. Aquarian Quest is seeking help to get Galatea back on the waters.

For more information, go to www.aquarianquest.org or call 941-809-7700.

Contact Information:
Scott and Crystal Perry

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