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Earth Day: Get out and Go Green!

By on April 5, 2012

Spring is in the air and Earth Day activities are happening everywhere! April is full of adventures and events that celebrate the wonders of our unique South Florida environment. On land or on water, get in touch with nature to celebrate Mother Earth.

Sunday–Monday, April 1-30 | Energy Tracker Exhibit | Miami Science Museum

Throughout all of MiaSci is an ever-growing interconnected trail of hands-on exhibits that explore everything from basic energy principles to the future of renewable energy. Child & Student/$10.95/, Adult/$14.95. 10am–6pm. 3280 So Miami Ave. Miami. 305-646-4200 www.miamisci.org

Wednesday, April 4 | Vizcaya Moonlight Garden Tour

Enjoy Vizcaya’s breathtaking gardens along Biscayne Bay under the light of the full moon. Informal concerts of live music with light refreshments for sale in the courtyard of the Main House. Volunteer Guides will be on hand to answer questions and lead area tours in the gardens. Res. not required. 6:30pm. $15. 3251 So. Miami Ave. Miami. 305-860-8442. www.miamidade.gov/vizcaya

Sunday, April 8 | Spring Fling | Miami Children’s Museum

Help the Miami Children’s Museum celebrate Earth Day and learn what it means to be “green”. Whether it’s playing the conservation game or creating your own recycled art piece, learning about the environment will be fun and exciting. 10am–4pm. $12. 305-373-5473. 980 MacArthur Cswy, Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Saturday, April 14

Miami River Day Festival Lummus Park

This festival celebrates the history and culture of Miami’s working river and features riverboat rides, a variety of live music including the Luis Bofill & Band and Nil Lara, children’s activities, environmental education, historical re-enactors, bike valet. 11am–4pm. Free. Lummus Park, 250 NW & N. River Dr. 305-644-0544. www.miamirivercommission.org

Lighthouse Boat Trip | Stiltsville, Key Biscayne & Cape Florida

Enjoy this boat trip with historian Dr. Paul George to one of Miami’s hidden gems—Stiltsville, a remnant community of 7 houses perched on stilts in the middle of the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. Advance reservations & payment required. $25–$54. 10am–1pm. Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. 305-375-1621. www.hmsf.org

Sunday, April 15

Pinecrest Earth Day Festival | Pinecrest Gardens

Celebrate the natural beauty of our planet with a fun-filled & eco-friendly day. Activities for the whole family include entertainment in the outdoor amphitheater with music by Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concert, garden tours, delicious food, informative workshops & educational opportunities.11am–4pm.11000 Red Rd. (SW 57 Ave). 305-284-0911 www.pinecrest-fl.gov

Family Fun Fest: Skeleton Crew | Biscayne National Park

Grab your crackers, because that CHEESY used-bone salesman is back! Take a look inside all kinds of critters, from corals & fish to manatees & dolphins, to see what makes them “upstanding” citizens of the Biscayne National Park community. 1–4pm. Free. Biscayne National Park-Dante Fascell Visitor Ctr. 9700 SW 328 St. Homestead. 305-230-7275. www.nps.gov/bisc

Saturday, April 21

Baynanza 2012 | Biscayne Bay Cleanup

Biscayne Bay Baynanza is scheduled to take place from 8am–noon & celebrates one of our most precious natural resources, Biscayne Bay, and its surroundings. There are 28 cleanup sites around Miami-Dade Co. to choose from so chances are that there is one near you! This community event draws more than 7,500 volunteers out to the shores and islands of our Bay every year. In 2011, they collectively removed a record amount of more than 44 tons of garbage from our shorelines & nearby islands. Reg. req. 305-372-6784. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne. From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Cswy, all the way to the end. www.miamidade.gov

Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22

Party for the Planet | Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, has “Green” activities and entertainment for the entire family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and/or natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses & more. The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will host the world’s largest plant show & sale. Guests are welcome free of charge when turning in an old cell phone, as part of the ECO-CELL phone recycling program. Free admission is not the only perk, after all saving gorillas is the major benefit. Cell phones contain coltan, a mineral extracted in the deep forests of the Congo in central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo’s out-of-control coltan mining business has, in recent years, led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade. By turning in your cell phone, we can hopefully reduce the need for additional coltan and help protect Central African gorillas. 11am–4pm. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-255-5551. www.zoomiami.org

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day Celebration | Barnacle State Park

Celebrate all things green at The Barnacle. Booths will feature green businesses & local environmental groups. There will be environmental activities for the kids. Bring your own picnic, or buy burgers, hot dogs, & veggie dogs on site. Acoustic music provided by Fla Historian-in-Song, Grant Livingston, Noon–3pm. 11am– 4pm. 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. Park admission/$2, 5&under/free). 305-442-6866 www.floridastateparks.org/thebarnacle

Green Earth Day| Miami Children’s Museum

Help the Miami Children’s Museum celebrate Earth Day and learn what it means to be “green”. Whether it’s playing their conservation game or creating your own recycled art piece, learning about the environment will be fun and exciting. 10am–4pm. $12. 305-373-5473. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Earth Harvest Festival | Verde Gardens – Homestead

Celebrate the Movement Toward a Life-Sustaining, Permanent Culture in So Fla. Enjoy Spam Allstars & various cultural performances. Taste treats from the Homestead Harvest Cafe. Learn about permaculture, preservation & cooking and enjoy guided walks while exploring different ecosystems. Unwind at the Healing Arts Center, support local producers of sustainably grown foods & local artisans. Noon–sundown. Free. Homestead Harvest Market @ Verde Gardens.12690 SW 280 St. Homestead. www.earth-learning.org

Earth Day | Fairchild Gardens

Celebrate Earth Day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! Enjoy free admission to the garden. Indulge the little ones in educational Kids’ Activities. Eat gourmet food from local food trucks gastroPod and MexZican Gourmet. Learn about local non-profit environmental organizations. Earth Day book signing features author Joel M. Curxon presenting his book Light Fading Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades @ 3pm in Garden House. 9:30am–4:30pm. 10901 Old Cutler Rd Coral Gables. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org

Earth Fest | Coral Gables City Hall

Earth Fest is a collaboration between the City’s Green Task Force, Sustainatopia 2012 & non-profit Earth Learning. The event will include entertainment, food, educational presentations on the latest earth-friendly products and services. Many of the activities will be geared toward children. 12–5pm. Free admission. In front of Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. (305) 446-6800. www.coralgables.com

Saturday, April 28 | Eco Walk | Simpson Park

Join eco-historian Frank Schena & explore Simpson Park, named after Dr. Charles Torrey Simpson and once partly owned by William Brickell. The park is a remnant of the original tropical hardwood forest that extended along Biscayne Bay from the Miami River to Coconut Grove. Advance res. & payment req. $30, HistoryMiami Members/$20. 9–11am. Matheson Hammock Park, 9610 Old Cutler Rd. Miami. 305-375-1621

Events are subject to change or may be cancelled or postponed without notice. It’s best to call and confirm.

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