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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 east of Central Ave
Entrance on 5th
Sarasota County Visitor Lot
Morrill St. at Pine Place
Entrance at the end of Pine Place
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
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."
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."
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