Together through the synergy of shared resources and expertise, we seek to demonstrate for our community and the world a unique model for collaborative ecotourism. With our area’s abundance of natural assets and the extensive and unparalleled local environmental knowledge and expertise of the Science and Environment Council and our green business partners, we are perfectly positioned as the organizing hub for sustainable ecotourism.
non-profit and green business partners
Many of our partner tour operators and organizations are Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (FL SEE) certified. In fact, the Sarasota-Manatee area has more certified eco-destinations and guides than any other region of Florida AND we have the only two Platinum certified guides in the State!
FL SEE is a statewide certification program that encourages an awareness and stewardship of Florida's natural and cultural heritage by:
- Endorsing compliance with federal, state, and local laws regarding the protection of natural resources and customer safety.
- Providing environmental education and awareness which encourage behaviors that contribute to the sustainability of Florida's natural ecosystems and resources.
- Promoting professionalism and integrity within the ecotourism industry by providing and maintaining a certification/recognition program for ecotour providers.
Thank you to our partners for attaining FL SEE certification and encouraging environmental stewardship in everything you do!
B Paul Patterson
Mary Lou Johnson
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
Florida Sea Grant
Friends of Myakka River State Park
Manatee County Parks & Nat Resources
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota County Water Resources
Sarasota Water Atlas
Save Our Seabirds
South Florida Museum
United States Geological Survey
Visit Sarasota County