Protect and enjoy our creek: Are you in?

Join the Phillippi Creek Revival  Phillippi Creek is Sarasota Bay’s largest freshwater creek. It flows from humble headwaters at Sarasota’s renowned birding hotspot, the Celery Fields, meandering through reflective moments of old Florida, past sleepy suburban backyards, under frenetic commercial… read more

More Canals than Venice, Italy

Believe it or not, Phillippi Creek has over 100 miles of canals, which is more than the city of Venice, Italy. Very few of these are natural. To uncover why there are so many, we have to go back more than 100 years. Phillippi Creek watershed (in red) with its canals...

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Historic Residents of Celery Fields

At the northeast end of the Phillippi Creek watershed lies the Celery Fields. Originally built to mitigate downstream flooding, the Celery Fields is now a renown birding and recreation destination. During the excavation of the ponds in the 1990s, several fossils were...

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Phillippi Creek Paddle Cleanup

Saturday, February 16, 2019 Phillippi Estate Park 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and professional guide Brad Tanner for a paddle tour and volunteer cleanup of lower Phillippi Creek. Phillippi Creek delivers...

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Local Wonders of Phillippi Creek

There is no other creek in Sarasota County quite like Phillippi. Not only is it Sarasota's largest freshwater creek, but it’s also a bit of a local secret when it comes to wildlife, fishing, and recreational activities. Like a lot of places in Florida, it does not...

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Plastic in Phillippi Creek

Phillippi Creek, like all other rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans around the world, is experiencing the widespread problem of plastic pollution. This problem sometimes looks like an empty bottle floating around, but more often than not, it involves tiny pieces of...

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Historic Phillippi Creek

Edson Keith home at Phillippi Estate Park, Photo Credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources Did you know? The first evidence of humans at Phillippi Creek dates back about 6,000 years. In 1988, archeologists discovered stone flakes, shell tools, fish bones, and...

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How to Build a Rain Garden or Bioswale

Much of the development around Phillippi Creek was built during a time when driveways, parking lots, and roads were all designed to get rainwater off the land as fast as possible. Unfortunately, this kind of design is not feasible long term, especially when most...

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Florida Friendly Foliage

Spring is here, or so it seems. The weather is warming and plants seem to be picking up on cues to start blooming. Now is a great time to take stock of your yard or garden before the heat of the summer sets in. Having trees and shrubs around your house not only adds...

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Phillippi Creek and Pinecraft Park Cleanup

Saturday, March 24th, 9:00am - 12:00pm Pinecraft Park 1420 Gilbert Ave. Sarasota, FL   Be part of the Phillippi Creek revival this Spring! Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Around the Bend Nature Tours, Sarasota County, and Wayne Adventures for a cleanup of...

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Curious About Pervious?

Think about the last time you took a walk or parked your car. Chances are, you were on an impervious surface - a hardened surface like concrete or asphalt that doesn't let rainwater pass through.  When rain hits a building or road, it flows with gravity to the nearest...

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Fish in our Stormwater Ditch?

Like many of the streams and creeks in Florida, Phillippi Creek is largely shaped by its stormwater canals. Back in the 1920’s large scale drainage projects began to forever change Florida’s waterscape. Natural waterways were diverted by canals, drainage ditches, and...

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Pet Waste

Phillippi Creek is an urban waterway. During a storm event, rainwater will run off 56 square miles of backyards, neighborhood streets, shopping centers, and parks to collect in the creek. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of...

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Celery Fields at the Head of the Creek

History Celery Fields has seen a lot of activity come and go over the years. The area, now known for its wetlands, birds, and winding trails around “Mount Sarasota”, used to be home to mammoths and mastodons that relied on its large lake, located where the...

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October 28 Paddle Cleanup of Phillippi Creek

Volunteer the morning of October 28th to paddle Phillippi Creek with us! We are seeking community leaders, students, aquaholics, and do-gooders alike to join Keep Sarasota County Beautiful and Sarasota County Stormwater Science and Outreach team to help with a cleanup...

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Snook Released to Phillippi Creek by Mote Scientists

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists released approximately 450 juvenile snook into Phillippi Creek on Tuesday, June 13, for ongoing studies of habitat-use patterns of these important sportfish. The fish were raised at Mote Aquaculture Research Park (MAP) and fitted with...

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Lucky’s Market is proud to sponsor conservation and restoration of Phillippi Creek – Sarasota Bay’s largest creek.