Earth Day - it's the time when we celebrate all things green. It's celebrated internationally, with events happening throughout the month of April. In Florida, there are events happening all over the state with educational information, live entertainment and lots of activities for children. Here are four events where you'll learn about environmental issues, have some fun and find out what you can do to help protect the planet.
April 16 - Jacksonville - The Jacksonville Landing is host to the 21st Annual Earth Day and Ecology Fair, with over 80 educational and interactive booths and displays. Live entertainment will be happening all day, and there's a children's stage with demonstrations by the Jacksonville Zoo, Wild Wonders, St. Johns Riverkeeper and others. The event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there's no admission fee.
April 16 - Naples - The Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Earth Day Celebration features an organic farmer's market, vendors, environmental exhibits and displays, a children's carnival, and guest speakers. The event is held at the Conservancy's 21-acre nature center at 1450 Merrihue Drive. See www.conservancy.org for a complete event schedule.
April 21 - Tallahassee - Celebrate Earth Day at the Capitol, an event put on by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Environmental Education from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Educational booths from communty groups, local schools, and state and local agencies will be on display. This event is a huge draw for schools - over 1,000 elementary students were in attendance in 2010.
April 23 - Pensacola - Head to Pensacola's Bayview Park for a fun-filled lineup of live music and entertainment from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Check out booths on green living as well as environmental conservation and protection. For more information, visit www.earthdaypensacola.com.
Looking for more Florida events? Visit the events section of www.earthday.org, key in your zip code and you'll get a list of Earth Day events near you. Another good resource is the Florida State Parks website - check out the statewide events section and you'll see river walks, 5k races and more.