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NBP REC DAYS

It's a great way to experience NBP, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and sailing! (Wednesday NBP Rec Days! are ideal for homeschool and virtual school students!) NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to another location within the park. (We'll let you know with a post in the Facebook event discussion if that change is made.) Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. Family fun awaits!

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It's a great way to experience NBP, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more! (Wednesday NBP Rec Days! are ideal for homeschool and Florida Online School students!) And beginning in September, we'll offer rides in a 15-foot sailboat (with captain)!

NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. (We'll let you know with a post in the Facebook event discussion if that change is made.) Signs will be in place to direct you, either way.

Next Rec Day

Coming Dates

Download Waiver Form

Download the waiver form and bring it with you to NBP Rec Days to get the fun started even faster.  You can also register on site if you'd rather!

Bird Watching

Information

NATHAN BENDERSON PARK, located near the mall at University Town Center, is a Sarasota County-owned park, managed by a not-for-profit organization primarily as a multi-use sports venue. A 400-acre lake, which attracts world-class rowing competition, is contained within the 600-acre community park. Handicapped-accessible paths include the 3.5-mile loop around the lake perimeter. The park can be a productive place to view birds, with about 155 species reported to eBird in the past, but changes in habitat, such as a decrease in plantings around the lake, large mowed areas, and alterations in the shoreline to enhance sporting activities, have adversely affected birding opportunities. Check the calendar on the Park Website for scheduled events. Visitors may want to combine their visit to the park with a visit to Lake Osprey, only a few minutes’ drive to the east (across I-75). There is adequate parking and no admission fee to enter the park grounds.

Featured Birds

The park lake has been a good place to find wintering Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, American White Pelican, and American Coot. Other possibilities include Caspian, Royal, Forster’s and Gull-billed Tern, and Bonaparte’s Gull in the winter. Other birds that have been recorded include Limpkin, Glossy Ibis, Least Bittern, King Rail, Anhinga, Double-crested Cormorant, Carolina Wren, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Killdeer. Sandhill Crane and waders roost at the north end of the lake in the evening. Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Monk Parakeet and American Kestrel often nest here and rarities, such as Snow Goose, have been found occasionally.

Insider's Tip

he park is roughly rectangular in shape, stretching north and south, with the lake in the center. A quiet place to bird is along a partially tree-shaded, crushed shell, walking trail that runs parallel to World Championship Drive (with small parking lots spaced at intervals), at the park’s western border. Look for Common Yellowthroat, herons and other waders in the wetlands under the power lines, and songbirds in the trees. Monk Parakeet and American Kestrel may be seen year-round in this area. To see an aerial view of major trails/roads, click on the Map & Directions link below, change the “view” to “Satellite” and enlarge the map.

Sarasota Audubon Society


Visit the Audubon Society website for more information about bird watching activities at Nathan Benderson Park and surrounding areas

The park can be a productive place to view birds, with about 155 species reported to eBird in the past, but changes in habitat, such as a decrease in plantings around the lake, large mowed areas, and alterations in the shoreline to enhance sporting activities, have adversely affected birding opportunities. Check the calendar on the Park Website for scheduled events. Visitors may want to combine their visit to the park with a visit to Lake Osprey, only a few minutes’ drive to the east (across I-75). There is adequate parking and no admission fee to enter the park grounds.

Featured Birds: The park lake has been a good place to find wintering Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, American White Pelican, and American Coot. Other possibilities include Caspian, Royal, Forster’s and Gull-billed Tern, and Bonaparte’s Gull in the winter. Other birds that have been recorded include Limpkin, Glossy Ibis, Least Bittern, King Rail, Anhinga, Double-crested Cormorant, Carolina Wren, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Killdeer. Sandhill Crane and waders roost at the north end of the lake in the evening. Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Monk Parakeet and American Kestrel often nest here and rarities, such as Snow Goose, have been found occasionally.

Insider’s Tip: The park is roughly rectangular in shape, stretching north and south, with the lake in the center. A quiet place to bird is along a partially tree-shaded, crushed shell, walking trail that runs parallel to World Championship Drive (with small parking lots spaced at intervals), at the park’s western border. Look for Common Yellowthroat, herons and other waders in the wetlands under the power lines, and songbirds in the trees. Monk Parakeet and American Kestrel may be seen year-round in this area. To see an aerial view of major trails/roads, click on the Map & Directions link below, change the “view” to “Satellite” and enlarge the map.

Zumba®

Zumba® is here! Join certified Zumba instructor Yael Campbell on Saturdays for a great morning workout! Yael is a certified Zumba instructor also certified in Zumba Toning, Strong Nation®, Zumba Kids & Kids Jr. She has been teaching Zumba since 2015. She loves dancing, moving, and losing herself to the music. Those are the moments she lives for and wants to share with everyone with whom she dances. When you are a part of her class, she won’t stop until she teaches you how to move to the music, and feel free!

Yoga in the park

This is an all-levels yoga class with plenty of modifications and amplifications to suit your body, also feel free to just lay there and breathe and absorb the good vibes.

Information

Instructor – Marina Traub
Time – First Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m.. Check-in at 9:15 a.m.

Running

With more than 7 miles of paved and shell trails — that’s 3.4 miles of parallel trails! — there’s plenty of distance to go inside the park. Our trails are used for running, cycling, rollerblading/skating, walking and more, but they’re certainly known for running. They’re used for world and national triathlon competition as well as for local cross-country team meets and for community running events. But when you want to get out there with a small group or by yourself, there’s few better places to lace up and catch your stride than at NBP.

Keep an Eye out for upcoming Running events

NBP regularily hosts 5k, 10k and other running events for participants of all ages.  Keep an eye on our schedule for any upcoming events you may want to participate in

Walking

With more than 7 miles of paved and shell trails — that’s 3.4 miles of parallel trails! —around the competition lake, plus paved land bridges, NBP is a great place to get a walk in! You’ll share the trails with pedestrians, bicyclists and others who also enjoy the fresh air, the breezes and ample spaces of NBP. Who knows but that you’ll make new friends along the way! Bring friends and family and make an outing of it.

Fishing

On Shore

There’s No Better Place to relax with a fishing pole than on the shores of Cooper Creek Lake and its adjacent ponds. Freshwater fishing is fun at NBP, with various kinds of fish including crappie, bass and blue gill. Of course, as a public park, you’ll require a Florida fishing license if you’re of that age. It’s fun for the entire family. Drop a line and see what’s bitin’ at NBP! (NOTE: There’s no fishing off of our docks or bridges. Thanks for your cooperation!)

On Water

There’s No Better Place to relax with a fishing pole than on Cooper Creek Lake and its adjacent ponds. Freshwater fishing is fun at NBP, with various kinds of fish including crappie, bass and blue gill. Of course, as a public park, you’ll require a Florida fishing license if you’re of that age. There are boat ramps on the south end of Cooper Creek Lake, near the south entrance to the park along North Cattlemen Road, and on our west lake, off Athletes Drive near Honore Avenue. Drop a line and see what’s bitin’ at NBP! (NOTE: No gas motors are allowed — ensure you tip the motor out of the water. You can use an electric trolling motor. And you’ll want to steer clear of the marked courses and athletic traffic.)

Roller blading . Skating . Cycling

There’s more than 3.4 miles of paved trail around the competition lake, plus paved land bridges, which make NBP a great place to rollerblade, rollerskate and more! You’ll share the trails with pedestrians, bicyclists and others who also enjoy the fresh air, the breezes and ample spaces of NBP. Bring your friends!

Remote-Control Sailboats

Club history: The Sarasota Model Yacht Club got its start in Sarasota in 1995.

What Kind of boats do we race? Soling One Meter(S1M). This is the largest class in the United States.

Where do we race? Nathan Benderson Park North Lake in the fall, winter and spring. In the summer, in The Meadows, next to their community center (2004 Longmeadow).

When do we race? Tuesday and Thursdays from 1–3 p.m., and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Thursday is our “counting day” for our series races (fall, winter and summer).

Do we accept beginners? We encourage sailors of all skill levels to join us. A mentor program is available for beginners.

How can I get a S1M and how much do they cost? 
We have a member called “Boat Yard” who has used/refurbished S1Ms for sale. You can also purchase a kit from Victor Model Products and build it yourself. You can also buy a new ready-to-sail boat. Your cost can vary from $250 for a boat needing work to $1,100 for a new, ready-to-sail boat.

Dues
$10/month

For more information Contact

Bill Schmeising, 941-341-0393

Camp Gladiator

WHAT IS CG?

CG is a four-week fitness program led by Certified Personal Trainers, where every workout is different. Each "Camp" is a 60 minute, full-body workout incorporating both cardio and strength exercises. CG was initially built around outdoor workouts and is now excited to offer virtual workouts as well!

BETTER TOGETHER

At CG, we believe in the accountability and camaraderie of group fitness. We encourage and push one another to be Better Together. Even virtually you'll workout LIVE with your Battle Buddies via Zoom.

 

Coach

Willie Thomas

Schedule

5:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

ChiWalking

WHAT IS CHIWALKING?

Whether you are a fitness walker already, want to manage or release weight, are rehabilitating after illness or injury, or want to stay active while you’re aging, ChiWalking® will help you reach your personal goals, including looking and feeling better than ever.

THE CHIWALKING TECHNIQUE

Walking is the safest and easiest way to get into shape, enjoy the outdoors, and lift and enliven your spirits. Learn to blend walking with the movement principles of T’ai Chi to create balance and strength, to improve overall health, and to manage stress. Walking is such a basic, everyday movement, and when you improve the quality of how you walk, you’ll improve the quality of your life.

PROGRAM AT NATHAN BENDERSON PARK

Take advantage of a program designed specifically for the enjoyment of Nathan Benderson Park, meeting near the Ronald A. Balducci Playground. The program includes:
• A free introduction (and should you decide to participate, you will sign up online)
• Class 1 – 1 ½ hours devoted to the Lower Body
• Class 2 – 1 ½ hours devoted to the Upper Body
• A bonus session of a Graduate Walk will be arranged at a future date.

SUSAN MCGREGOR

CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Susan has been practicing ChiWalking and ChiRunning® since 2006. She began running at age 60 and in the early years tore both meniscuses. It was the injury prevention emphasis of the practices that enticed her to investigate the benefits of the technique. To this day she has not had knee surgery and continues to run and walk regularly for mental and physical well-being. Susan has run six marathons (including five World Majors) and as recently as the summer of 2016 did the last 200 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She taught in the Washington, D.C., area prior to moving to Sarasota – where the weather and lifestyle lend themselves to a continued practice. She enjoys sharing the techniques and benefits of ChiWalking with people in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Schedule

August TBA TBA TBA
October TBA TBA TBA
December TBA TBA TBA

Flex Fitness

STRATEGIC FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING CLASSES INSTRUCTED
BY CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER DYAN

GROUP STRENGTH TRAINING

Strategic functional strength training. Designed to keep your heart rate up while lifting weights in the beautiful Florida outdoors.

PERSONAL TRAINING

A one on one session with a certified personal trainer. Your trainer will write a specific program for you based on your goals. Sessions can be held at your home or at NBP.

COUPLES TRAINING

Two people training together with a certified personal trainer. A program will be written for each individuals goals while training together. Sessions can be held at your home or NBP.

SENIOR TRAINING

Training designed to focus on functional independence and overall health and wellbeing.

VIRTUAL TRAINING

A one on one session that allows you to get a great workout in with your trainer, from anywhere!

Trainer

Dragon Boat Paddling

Dragon Boat 101

Learn the fundamentals of paddling in our Dragon Boat 101 course. Participants will get the basics of the stroke as well as on-the-water experience in the boat! The Dragon Boat 101 fee of $80 gets you 4 practices with the team at a beginning level, to allow you to learn the basics. Classes are offered every month. To register, please drop by our office or sign up here.

“Join one of our teams!”
One park, lots of options.

NBP offers several options for adults (18 and older). Whether for fun, for exercise or for competitiveness, we have what you want. Dragon Boat 101 graduates and experienced paddlers are all invited to join.

Dragon Boat 101

Learn the fundamentals of paddling in our Dragon Boat 101 course. Participants will get the basics of the stroke as well as on-the-water experience in the boat! The Dragon Boat 101 fee of $80 gets you 4 practices with the team at a beginning level, to allow you to learn the basics. Classes are offered every month. To register, please drop by our office or sign up here.

NBP offers several options for adults (18 and older). Whether for fun, for exercise or for competitiveness, we have what you want. Dragon Boat 101 graduates and experienced paddlers are all invited to join.

NBP paddling opportunities

NBP Survivors in Sync: NBP’s Breast Cancer Survivor Team. SIS is a team of breast-cancer survivors that competes in events worldwide. Learn more here.

NBP Dragons Competitive: The NBP Dragons (competitive) compete internationally year-round. If you like a challenge and you want to compete, this is for you! Learn more here.

NBP Dragons Recreational: The perfect option if you're interested in developing your technique, and improving your health and fitness. Learn more here.

NBP Veterans: Whether wounded, injured or able, brothers in arms become brothers on the water. It's a way for veterans to be with others who share their experiences. Learn more here.

NBP paddling opportunities

NBP Survivors in Sync: NBP’s Breast Cancer Survivor Team. SIS is a team of breast-cancer survivors that competes in events worldwide.

NBP Veterans: Whether wounded, injured or able, brothers in arms become brothers on the water. It's a way for veterans to be with others who share their experiences.

NBP Dragons Competitive: The NBP Dragons (competitive) compete internationally year-round. If you like a challenge and you want to compete, this is for you!

NBP Dragons Recreational: The perfect option if you're interested in developing your technique, and improving your health and fitness.

TRY IT FOR FREE!

There's no obligation — click on the button below to fill out a short form, so we can get to know your interest better and ensure we have a seat for you in the boat for your visit. We can't wait to meet you!

Learn To Row

Learn to Row 101: Introduction to Sculling: No experience necessary!  Learn to Row 101 focuses on the fundamentals of sculling, or rowing with two oars. Individuals will be taken step by step through nomenclature, safety maneuvers, and independent boat handling skills. This eight-hour course will provide you with the skill set to safely row a single scull.

Provided by NBP:

  • Rowing Equipment
  • Safety Equipment
  • Water
  • Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
  • USRowing Certified Instructors, certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Certificate of Completion

Information

Dates: Oct. 23-24 — Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon.

Ages: 18 and older

Fee: $200

Location

Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Sarasota, FL 34235

Register Here