Celebrate Earth Day at these Florida Events

By: Kevin Mims

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For those that care about the environment, April 22 is a time to show your support and take part in some good clean fun. Here in Florida, Earth Day just doesn't happen on one day, but seems to stretch into an event that lasts weeks. Concerned citizens gather up and take part in cleanup activities, plant trees, and eco-minded festivals. No matter where you are in Florida, you shouldn't have a problem finding an event near you.

Here are a few events from around the state where you can pitch in, have some fun and make a difference:

  • Earth Day Jacksonville, Apr. 20 - Head to Jacksonville Landing for a fun day of celebration that includes eco-minded vendors and exhibits, crafts and activities for children. Live music and entertainment takes place throughout the entire event. www.earthdayjax.com

  • CREW Earth Day Walk and Reflection, Apr. 22 - This is the last guided walk of the season at the CREW marsh trails.The event is led by Deb Hansoon, and you'll spend time surrounded by nature looking at spring wildflowers and watching swallow-tailed kites overhead. The hike is free, advance registration is required. www.crewtrust.org.

  • Exotic Plant Removal at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Apr. 20 - Chip in and help the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State  Park perform trail maintenance and exotic plant species removal. Refreshments are provided, closed-toe footwear, gloves, hat and long pants are required. Visit www.floridastateparks.com for more Earth Day events around the state, too.

  • Earth Day Movie Festival, Apr. 20 - If you are down in the Keys, swing by the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center where you can enjoy six hour-long films. Topics range from ocean climate to biodiversity. The films start at 10 a.m. Find out more by checking out floridakeys.noaa.gov/eco_discovery.html.

  • E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Earth Day Celebration, Apr. 20 - Live bluegrass music, food vendors, eco-exhibits, and children's events are just of the few things going on during the event. Make sure to check out the animal ambassadors and take part in the guided hikes, too. www.eowilsoncenter.org.

Remember, that's just a few of the festivities that will be happening in Florida for Earth Day. If you are in Florida and know about an event in your neck of the woods, share it on the VISIT FLORIDA Outdoors and Nature Facebook page. To learn more about Earth Day, visit  www.earthday.org

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