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Join us for a fun filled morning of nature play, as we foster a love of the earth, and a deepening of artistic and creative capacities, for ages 4 – 12. Each week will have a different emphasis:

Week 1 June 21-25 Growing Together

Week 2 June 28-July 2 Creative by Nature

Week 3 July 5-9 Fairytale Play

Week 4 July 12-16 Adventures in Art

Week 5 July 19-23 Wilderness Camp

Week 6 July 26-30 Animal Explorations

This camp will take place outdoors from
8:30am – 1:30 pm

Please pack: bathing suits, towels, water bottles, snacks, change of clothes, and a sun hat.
 
 Limited space available. The cost per week is $200; registered Mangrove students receive a discount. Partial weeks may be possible with pre-registration, and is based on availability.

Registration forms can be emailed to mangrovesarasota@gmail.com. Payments can be made to https://paypal.me/mangroveschool

Please email mangrovesarasota@gmail.com with any questions.

 

What a tremendous display of generosity of the past 24 hours! Thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota for hosting and facilitating, and to The Patterson Foundation for MATCHING all donations, $25-$100!

The outcome? Over $18 million raised, by 58,947 people, for 687 non-profit organizations in the Sarasota area! In 24 hours!

This year, as we face unprecedented circumstances, with many businesses temporarily closed to the public, these funds mean more than ever. It means these organizations can continue to operate, people can keep their jobs, and the most vulnerable in our society have the services they need.

These acts of kindness also give people hope. Hope that they will rise again and be able to provide for the community now and in the future. We would like to thank not only our donors but ALL donors; you are the proof that together we can all grow and thrive!

To our supporters we would like to offer a deep, heartfelt thank you! We are small and creating a very different kind of education; your donation directly supports our mission of nurturing children through nature, service, and meaningful curriculum. Through this mission, our students become connected to themselves, each other, and their community. They learn who they are and gain a deep appreciation for their own unique gifts and contributions. To us, this is essential. If our students have love for themselves and security in who they are, they can face any obstacles in the future. Thanks to you, we can continue to support our teachers, families and community.

With love and gratitude,

Erin.

Thank you!!!

Please join us in celebrating the magic and wonder of childhood as well as honoring and learning more about our precious natural habitats and sealife here in Sarasota at our annual Mermaid Faire! Enjoy an enchanting day for the whole family, with activities, give aways, and entertainment for all to enjoy!

Travel through a captivating grotto to meet a mermaid, journey to a haunted ship, craft a squishy “jellyfish”, enjoy pirate trivia with a real pirate! Many activities – provided by Mangrove School of Sarasota, as well as other non-profit organizations!

Admission is free! Many free activities, too! Something for everyone!

Delicious Faire Food, Eco-Friendly Vendors + Live music and Entertainment too!
A variety of organic selections – including gluten free and vegan options.
Now a zero waste event, partnering with Sunshine Community Compost Please bring a reusable water bottle to be filled at our filtered water station – we will not have disposable water bottles for sale.

Jellyfish “relaxation balls” – Make your own squishy to take home and enjoy – 4 tickets

Ocean Necklace – Make your own sparkling ocean necklace! – 3 tickets

Sailor’s Silk Dyeing – play silks or infinity scarves – 7- 15 tickets

Pirate Trivia – Meet a pirate and test your knowledge of swash buckling and plank walking! FREE!

Magical Puppet Story – A captivating tale enjoyable for all ages – located in our kindergarten. 5 tickets per family.

Fishing for Treasure – Fish for treasure off of the Mangrove birdge – Located near the gazebo – 1 ticket.

Ship’s Light Candle Dipping – Create a beeswax candle in our garden area. Located near the kindergarten entrance. 3 tickets.

Mermaid’s Cove – Children will travel through an entrancing cave to reach the Mermaid’s grotto, where they will receive a handmade gift. Located in the 1/2nd grade classrooms. 5 tickets.

Haunted Pirate Ship is a unique sensory delighting maze of intrigue! Younger children require a parent escort. Maximum of three in a party. 4 tickets

Painted Seahorse: Transform yourself with an artist’s touch and a bit of sparkle. Mer-scales or traditional face paint designs. 5 – 10 tickets.

Bowline Jump Rope Making – Make your own rope, jump rope or lasso! 8 tickets

Recycled Art Gallery – FREE – Come see our creations and make one of your own for a community mural

Tickets are $1 each. All proceeds are a tax deductible donation, and support Mangrove’s mission to nurture children through nature!

Additional activities provided by:
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Longboat Key Turtle Watch
@thechildrensgardensarasota
@manasotafossilclub
Transition Sarasota
Outward Spiral

Please email mangrovesarasota@gmail.com if you are interested in being a Mermaid Faire vendor or sponsor! Free non-profit booths available!

Please join us for this family event, where children and adults alike can make beautiful, meaningful memories, and handmade items to gift or enjoy themselves, in a sensory friendly environment.

We hope to see you there!

Mangrove School of Sarasota will once again celebrate the tradition of May Day, with a Florida twist!

In ancient traditions, the lovely festival of May Day marks what is considered the first day of summer in Celtic lands. For many years, we have upheld this tradition, gathering in an open field to dance the Maypole in the mid-day sun, as it is done up North. A few years ago, we adapted this sweet festival for our own climate and culture, by celebrating the coming of summer with a beach evening, and dancing the maypole at sunset.

Join us at the beach at sunset as we welcome in Florida summer, longer days and relaxed routines.

We will have our Maypole with flowers on the top and ribbons hanging from it to weave in and out with skipping songs and dances. We will all join hands and hearts around the Maypole to festive live music and rejoice in the coming of summer, with many relaxing, breezy evenings at the beach.

Families are invited to enjoy the lovely dancing, singing, and  music that are woven throughout the festivities!

We Invite You To Join Us For:

Maypole dancing, sunset picnic

What To Bring:

Blanket and/or chairs, and a picnic dinner for your own picnic. Flowers, if you would like to make a floral wreath. We will have vines and other supplies on hand, if you need.

What To Wear:

White, or light colors

What to Expect:

Fun for adults and kids of all ages!

What Location:

Siesta Key Main Beach, near the yellow lifeguard stand

What Time:

5:30 -8:00 pm

This is a FREE event, our gift to the Sarasota community.

Join us for I love the Earth Nature Camp! J’aime la nature!
Hosted by Miss Jessica
Little Naturalist French Immersion Summer camp
 
Week 1 – June 10-14
Week 2 -June 17-21
Week 3 – June 24-28
 
At summer camp this year we will focus on nature and loving the earth, while learning about trees, birds, insects and plants.
We will care for the garden and connect with plants and growing our own food.
We will play games, create art , and make organic home made popsicles.
 
We will speak and learn french!
 
We will play in the water!
 
We will sing songs from around the world!
 
We will dance dances of universal peace!
 
Free play too!
 
This camp will take place outdoors and inside, from 9am-1pm.
 
Please pack: bathing suits, towels, water bottles, snacks, change of clothes, and a sun hat.
 
 
Jessica has been teaching kids camps for 20 years and is a nature trained instructor, leader of the dances of universal peace, song collector worldwide, peace maker, traveler, gardener, french teacher, and lover of nature.
 
 
Limited space available. The cost per week is $175. Drop in is possible with pre-registration, and is based on availability. Mangrove students of 19-20 are eligible for discount, please inquire.
 
Merci beaucoup ! Thank you very much!

The lantern is the symbol of our own light which we can shine on a dark world, and we celebrate this time of year by holding a “lantern walk.”

The Mangrove School of Sarasota lantern walk will be held on Friday, Nov 16th at 5:30 pm, on Siesta Key Main Beach. (We will relocate if the air quality is deemed worrisome)

We will meet by the playground and then do our beach walk complete with lanterns made lovingly by our dear children (in class).  The children will sing songs, and  enjoy the stillness of the beach at night. As this is a reverent event, please do not allow your child to run the beach.

Parents are responsible for supervising their children during this event.

Friends are welcome!  Please call 941.927.3711 or email mangrovesarasota@gmail.com to RSVP

Open to all! Come make a paper lantern!

All ages welcome – all activities are designed to appeal to a wide variety of ages – older children can complete independently – younger ones will need assistance, very little ones may opt to play while mom or dad crafts, and that is ok too!

Please RSVP to mangrovesarasota@gmail.com so we have enough materials for all.

In our classrooms you will find water color painting from 10-11,  gluten free bread baking in our cozy kindergarten from 10:30-11:00, for ages toddler and up (younger than that age are welcome to explore the room and play) along with warm herbal tea and refreshments throughout the event.

In addition, enjoy a puppet story for younger ones (or young at heart) at 11:15

Our faculty will be present, and our classrooms open, each showcasing different aspects of our curriculum, with hands on activities, if you are interested in discovering how your child can benefit from our unique developmental approach: education for the head, heart, and hands.

Our course offerings are from newborn and up, with drop off programs beginning at age three, and now through 6th grade, including our drop off homeschool enrichment program, and forest kindergarten program.

We hope to see you there!

Join us for a gentle Halloween celebration!  We welcome families with children ages 0-7, looking for an alternative way to experience Halloween.  This event nurtures the whole child, with a sweet story and seasonal craft.  Children  (and adults!) are welcome to dress up in costume, however, in keeping true to our emphasis on the development of the imagination, as well as maintaining a wholesome gathering, we ask that you please choose a simple costume such as an animal, gnome, fairy, knight, or storybook character, rather than depicting gruesome or intense images. Extreme face paint and masks can also be quite scary for the little ones. 

Hosted by our mixed-age Kindergarten teachers, Birte Hoag and Shivani Lash.

Please RSVP to mangovesarasota@gmail.com  

Join us for  a lovely outdoor market of local artisans and gift making opportunities, for parents, with activities and childcare available while they shop for the holidays. Light refreshments and drinks available!

Dip Beeswax candles and lanterns!

Create reusable silk gift wrap!

Children’s activities include – Puppet Story, Nature/French immersion, Drama games, Watercolor Painting, and more!

Shop a variety of handmade artisan goods in a calm, relaxing atmosphere, while your children enjoy a variety of aspects of our programming! (Parents are welcome to accompany their children to these, and children are also welcome to shop, we just provide various options depending on your needs)  🙂

Hope to see you there!

Please join us in celebrating the magic and wonder of childhood as well as honoring and learning more about our precious natural habitats and sealife here in Sarasota at our annual Mermaid Faire! Enjoy an enchanting day for the whole family, with activities, give aways, and entertainment for all to enjoy!

Travel through a captivating grotto to meet a mermaid, journey through a deep sea abyss, make seaweed slime, enjoy pirate trivia with a real pirate! Many activities – provided by Mangrove School of Sarasota, Mote Marine Aquarium, Longboat Key Turtle Watch, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Rethinking Plastic Sarasota, The Players Centre for Performing Arts, The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School and Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company.

Admission is free! Many free activities, too! Something for everyone!

Delicious Faire Food + Live music and Entertainment too!

A variety of organic selections – including gluten free and vegan options.

Journey through the Deep Sea Abyss is a unique sensory delighting maze of intrigue! Younger children require a parent escort. Maximum of three in a party. In our 1st grade classroom. 4 tickets

Jellyfish Relaxation Squishies – Make your own squishy to take home and enjoy – 4 tickets

Ocean in a bottle – Make your own sparkling ocean in a bottle! – 3 tickets

Neptune’s Challenge – Are you up to the task? Various creative tests encourage curiousity about our underwater world. Located near our garden. FREE!

Pirate Trivia – Meet a pirate and test your knowledge of swash buckling and plank walking! FREE!

Magical Puppet Story – A captivating tale enjoyable for all ages – located in our kindergarten. $5 per family.

Fishing for Treasure – Fish for treasure off of the Mangrove birdge – Located near the gazebo – 1 ticket.

Ship’s Light Candle Dipping – Create a beeswax candle in our garden area. Located just beyond the courtyard near the gazebo. 3 tickets.

Mermaid’s Cove – Children will travel through an entrancing cave to reach the Mermaid’s grotto, where they will receive a handmade gift. Located in the 2/3rd grade classrooms. 4 tickets.

Painted Sea Horse: Transform yourself with an artist’s touch and a bit of sparkle. Henna or traditional face paint designs. 5 tickets.

Jump Rope Making – Make your own rope! 8 tickets

Tickets are $1 each at the admissions booth day of, or less if a VIP card is purchased in advance of the Faire. All proceeds are a tax deductible donation, and support Mangrove’s mission to nurture children through nature!

Other giveaways and free activities provided by:
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Longboat Key Turtle Watch
Lemur Conservation Foundation
The Players Centre for Performing Arts
The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
The Child Protection Center
Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Rethinking Plastic Sarasota

Vendors welcome, please email mangrovesarasota@gmail.com for details. Compatible 501 c 3 organizations are free, email to register

Please email mangrovesarasota@gmail.com if you are interested in being a Mermaid Faire sponsor!

Please join us for this family event, where children and adults alike can make beautiful, meaningful memories, and handmade items to gift or enjoy themselves, in a sensory friendly environment.

We hope to see you there!

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