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Celebrate Earth Day Events

By on April 15, 2013

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.

Saturday, April 20 | Baynanza 2012 / Biscayne Bay Cleanup

The Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day is the highlight of Baynanza. Join thousands of volunteers and be a part of the best environmental event in So Fla. Help remove tons of trash from the shorelines & nearby islands of Biscayne Bay, and take part in your own scavenger hunt at any of our Cleanup Sites. Who knows, you might find the most unique trash item ever! This community event draws more than 7,500 volunteers out to make a difference. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne is only one location. (From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Cswy, go all the way to the end of Key Biscayne). 23 locations on Biscayne Bay, choose one close to you online. Reg. req. Register online: www.miamidade.gov/development/baynanza/volunteer_form.asp. 305-372-6784.

Saturday, April 20 | How Miami grows, cooks & eats food

Learn about how green & sustainable food is grown locally; how you can do-it-yourself with lessons in hydroponics & urban gardening. Cooking demos, create your own eating ware, guided by artists from the Ceramic League. Taste nitrogen-made ice cream & other  amplings. Learn about nutrition. 10am–5pm. Child & Student/$10.95, Adult/$14.95. 10am–6pm. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave., Miami. 305-646-4200 www.miamisci.org

Saturday, April 20 | Flamingo Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate our natural So Fla beauty & learn about the environment, conservation and reducing waste through hands-on activities, demonstrations & crafts. Visit the recycled art vendors & information booths. For butterfly lovers there will be a Butterfly Encounter, Butterfly Release, butterfly garden tours & presentations. Go online for 25% off coupon. Adults $18(12+), 4-11yrs/$10. Optional narrated tram tour additional. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Dr. Davie. www.flamingogardens.org 954-473-2955

Saturday, April 20 | City of Sunrise Earth Day Festival

A free, family-friendly day of outdoor fun! First 1,000 people receive a reunsable shopping tote and BPA-free water bottle. Giveaways, resources for green & healthy living, children’s rides & activities, live music, farmers’ market, eco-chic fashion show, handcrafted goods, ecofriendly goods, Gourmet food trucks, festival fare & ethnic specialties. 10am–4pm. Sawgrass Sanctuary, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise. 954-747-4600. www.sunriseflorida.gov

Saturday, April 20 | EarthFest

Wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for CS residents, children’s activities & refreshments. Sandy Ridge Sanctuary, 8501 NW 40 St, Coral Springs. (east of University Dr. between Sample & Wiles). 9am–1pm. 954-344-1117. www.coralsprings.org

Saturday, April 20 | EcoAction Day

Volunteers, ages 13&up, will assist Park staff with habitat rehabilitation projects & removing exotic vegetation. Dress appropriately. Reg. req. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St. Hollywood. 954-357-5161.

Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 | Party for the Planet Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration, has “Green” activities & 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. Admission is FREE when turning in old cell phones, 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. By turning in your cell phone, we can hopefully reduce the need for additional coltan and help protect Central African gorillas. 11am–4pm. Free parking. 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-255-5551. www.zoomiami.org

Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 | Food & Garden Festival

Come see what’s cooking at Fairchild during our annual celebration of local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, then take home spectacular plants from our Annual Spring Plant Sale. Gardening demos taught by top chefs & gardeners, shop the Farmers’ Market, culinary kid’s activities in the KidWay. 9:30am–4:30pm. $25 Adults/ $12, Child 6–17. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org

Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 | Earth Day

Help make our world a better planet for everyone by becoming more eco-friendly. Learn how bio-foam peanuts can change the future of waste, test your knowledge by grouping animals based on the ecosystem, and see how pollution can affect what we eat. Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm, Sun: Noon–6pm. Museum of Discovery, 401 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637. www.mods.org

Sunday, April 21 | Nature Lecture Series: Snakes

Celebrate Earth Day early by attending a fascinating 1-hour lecture about snakes followed by a question & answer session. Live animals will be used to emphasize the topic, but there will be no holding allowed. Noon. $3 donation is requested. 201 South Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198.

Sunday, April 21 | Mirando Farms

A fun-filled day to help raise funds for Broward Co. Community Outreach dedicated to building communities through edible gardens! 10am–4pm Enjoy Entertainment, Farm Tours, Bounce House, Face Painting, Food Trucks Yoga & so much more! Sponsors & donations welcome. Call 954-294-2331 for info. Marando Farms 1401 SW 1st Ave. Fort Lauderdale 33315.

Sunday, April 21 | Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate all things green at The Barnacle. Booths will feature green businesses & local environmental groups. Environmental activities for the kids. Bring your own picnic, or buy burgers, hot dogs, & veggie dogs on site. Acoustic music provided by Florida Historian-in-Song, Grant Livingston, Noon–3pm. 11am–4pm. 45-minute tour of the house, Adult(12&up)$3, Child(6–11)$1, 5&under/free. 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. 305-442-6866 www.floridastateparks.org/thebarnacle

Sunday, April 21 | West Kendall Earth Day Festival

Celebrate and get inspired at “Be Local & Live Green” Earth Day event. This free family-friendly event includes live entertainment and performances, Hero Award to Ron Magil from ZooMiami, free bike valet service, children’s bounce house & activities, local crafts, food, art & products, green car show and local government organizations that educate on how to reduce, reuse & recycle. 11am-4pm. 14445 SW 122 Ave. Miami. 786-759-1249. www.relylocal.com/west-kendall/earthday

Sunday, April 21 |EarthFest | Earth-Learning

Enjoy a day of local food, music, guided walks at The Farm, workshops, cooking demonstrations, & a natural healthcare center. 12pm–6pm. For more information visit our website or call. 12690 SW 280 St. Homestead. 786 233-2784. www.earth-learning.org

Sunday, April 21 | FIU Earth Day FIU Nature Preserve & Organic Garden

Work alongside students and community members to plant native trees in FIU’s Nature Preserve. There will be a Kid Zone as well as guided hikes to learn about So Fla ecology. 8am–12pm. 11200 SW 8 St. Miami 305-348-3717 http://gogreen.fiu.edu

Sunday, April 21 | MiChiMu’s Earth Day Extravaganza!

Join MiChiMu and his Green Team for Earth Day! Come find out how to be “green.” Learn about clean energy, recycling & conservation through games & crafts. Discover things you can do at home to protect our planet & save money. GenAdm/$16, Fla Res/$12, 50% off City of Miami Res. Museum members free. 10am–6pm. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy, Watson Island. 305-373-5437×126. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Sunday, April 21 | The Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. Filmgoers are transformed into a group of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. The theme for the 2013 festival is “A Climate of Change.” 8am–8pm. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne 305-361-6767×111. www.biscaynenaturecenter.org

Monday, April 22 | Earth Day

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Garden and Earth Day surrounded by beautiful tropical plants at Fairchild. Check out the butterflies of the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit, stroll the orchid-lined Rainforest, grab a bite to eat at the Glasshouse Café and more. Special adm. $7.50. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables 33156 (305)-667-1651 www.fairchildgarden.org

Wednesday & Thursday, April 24 & 25 | 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 req. 6:30pm. $15. Vizcaya, 3251 So. Miami Ave. Miami. 305-860-8442. www.miamidade.gov/vizcaya

Saturday, April 27 | Sensational Seaweeds Snorkel

Discover the amazing world of macro-algae, commonly known as seaweed, in Biscayne Bay! Snorkel with scientists at Pelican Island and learn how to identify these unique marine plants. Participants need to provide their own snorkel gear. 8:30am–12:30pm. Reg req. Adm. $10/pp/18&up. Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves, 1277 NE 79 St, Miami. 305-795-3485. www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/biscayne

Saturday, April 27 | Miami Beach Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration

Native Flag Eco-Art Project will exhibit over 300 flags made by individuals prior to the event. Join in and create your own flags from reusable materials such as old T-shirts & limbs & sticks from non-native trees. Noon–4pm. Lummus Park, Ocean Dr. & 9 St. Miami Beach. 305-673-7730 www.miamibeachfl.gov

 Saturday, April 27 | Slow Art Day

Celebrate the Earth & meet your neighbors in this interactive arts event for the whole family. The South Florida Chamber Ensemble performs live themed music & there will be an art exhibit of works made from recycled materials. Free children’s art activities include recreating the works of art on display using materials from Trash to Treasure & creating sketches based on common household objects. Bring a non-perishable food item to help feed the hungry in our community. Free. 1–4pm. North Regional Library Auditorium, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd. Coconut Creek. 954-803-3762.

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