Meet The March

The Sarasota March for Science is an official sister march to the National March for Science in Washington, D.C. We are led by a dedicated group of volunteers from a diverse background within the Sarasota-Manatee communities. We’re so glad to have you here, and encourage you to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to stay involved with the local March.

The Sarasota March for Science will take place at Five Points Park (N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota) at 10:30 a.m. on April 22nd. At the end of the march, there will be a rally at JD Hamel Park (Ringling Ave and S. Gulfstream) with a number of speakers, representation from science-focused community organizations, and resources for future involvement.

Map of route

March Location, Parking, etc.

Because there will be many events that day in downtown Sarasota (among them are this March, the Farmer's Market, and the Sarasota Boat Show), we expect parking to be at a premium. We highly encourage everyone to bike, carpool, and make use of public transportation when possible!

Public Transportation

SCAT buses and trolleys

You can find information on fares as well as use their trip planner to find the buses that will be closest to you through their website.

iRide shuttle

This is a new shuttle service in the downtown area that began recently. If you live downtown, or would like to arrange for a ride to the event from a parking location downtown, you can request a ride in one of their electric vehicles. To arrange a ride, you can call 941.444.2585. More information.


All locations listed here are within ~.5 miles of both 5 Points Park and JD Hamel Park. Additional options are available farther away.

Please take note of any posted time limits, as some spaces are limited on weekends.

Street Parking

Space is often available away from the main thoroughfares, especially north of Fruitville.

Gulf Stream Ave Parking Lot
Gulf Stream Ave south of Main St
Entrance on Gulf Stream Ave.

Selby Library
1331 1st St
Entrances on 2nd St and Pineapple Ave
Please note that parking at Selby Library is limited to 2 hours, since the library will be open during the protest.

Palm Ave Parking Garage
1289 North Palm Avenue
Entrances along N Palm Ave. and Cocoanut Ave.

2nd St Garage at Whole Foods (the 2nd level only)
1400 Block of 2nd Street
Entrance on 2nd St. near Central Ave

Plaza Parking Garage (Private garage - $1 entry + $1/hour, $6 max)
1st St. east of Central Ave
Entrance on 1st St.

City Hall Parking Lot
2nd St. east of N. Lemon Ave
Entrances on 1st + 2nd St.

1st St. Parking Lot
1st St. east of N. Lemon Ave
Entrance on 1st St

State St. Parking Garage
1549 Ringling Blvd
Entrances on State St. and Ringling Blvd.

Burns Square Parking Lot
S. Orange Ave and Laurel St.
Entrance on Orange

City/Federal Building Parking Lot
Ringling Blvd and S. Orange St
Entrance on the access road to the post office, parallel to Ringling

Orange Ave Parking Lot
N. Orange Ave + 2nd St
Entrance on Orange Ave

5th St
5th St east of Central Ave
Entrance on 5th

Sarasota County Visitor Lot
Morrill St. at Pine Place
Entrance at the end of Pine Place

Tips for the March

  1. Bring your water bottle!
    We'll have some water stations where you can refill, but it'll be much easier for all attendees (and for the environment!) if people bring water bottles and don't have to use disposable cups or bottles.

  2. Plan your route
    We'll be starting at 5 points park and finishing at JD Hamel park, on the east side of 41, in a route that's approximately 1.25 miles long.

    If you're concerned about the length of the route, please join in for as much of the march as you'd like, or just join us for the rally at JD Hamel park.

  3. Raise your voice!
    We encourage everyone to bring signs, chants, and your opinions to the march! This day of action is part of a larger movement, and a longer-term commitment to engage with these issues, and we want you to share why you're taking part.

  4. Stay involved
    We'll have space at JD Hamel park for local organizations to table and provide information about the work that they're doing, and to provide opportunities to learn more and get involved.

Our Speakers

Dr. Meg Lowman

Dr. Meg Lowman

Canopy ecologist and former director of Selby Gardens, Lowman has been nicknamed the "real-life Lorax" by National Geographic and "Einstein of the Treetops" by the Wall Street Journal. A pioneer in the science of canopy ecology, she oversaw construction of our Myakka canopy walkway, was a professor of Environmental Initiatives at New College of Florida, and is coming home to roost in her beloved Sarasota.


Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran

Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran

Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Prabhakaran is a published MD/MPH, an ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) fellow, member of Doctors for America, and oversees numerous internships for medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others.

"The March for Science is essential; to ensure our communities and families are healthy we must fund medical research, scholarship, and public health initiatives."


Karen Sulprizio

Karen Sulprizio

The Florida coordinator of the Planetary society as well as a technology consultant and freelance writer, Sulprizio has focused on a number of areas relevant to the March for Science, including recycling, renewable energy, astronomy and ecology.

"The Science March is an example of how far we have come and that we will not go backwards; we must look to the future."


Bear Mancinni

Bear Mancinni

7th grader at Pine View and STEM aficionado, Mancinni is a Boy Scout, member of the National Junior Honor Society and Physics club, and is a "mathlete" who will be a dually enrolled at SCF in pre-calculus and trigonometry next year.

"Society lives by Faith, and develops by Science" - Henri Frederick Amiel

Our Mission Statement

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.