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By on April 6, 2015

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.


Miami River Day Festival » Saturday, April 11

Celebrate the history & culture of Miami’s working river w/riverboat rides, a variety of live music including Aaron Lebos Reality & Luis Bofill & Band, paddleboard & kayak races, children’s activities, environmental education, historical re-enactors, bike valet. 1–6pm. Free. Lummus Park on Miami River, 250 NW No. River Dr. 305-644-0544. www.miamirivercommission.org

Day of the Young Child » April 11

Sustaining Our Future theme focuses on the needs of young children & their families, highlighting the early childhood programs & services, parent resources & medical screenings. Activities include storytelling, music & dance, hands-on craft, face painting, fire truck & safety, aviation simulator & more. 10am–4pm. Miami Dade College Homestead Campus, 500 College Terr. Homestead. 305-237-5134  www.mdc.edu/homestead/youngchild.aspx

Seine-Sational! » Saturday, April 11

Get your feet wet! Discover what lives in the bay, with biologists. Study fish & marine animals collected by a seine net. Ages 6–12. Res. Req. Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve , 1277 NE 79 St. Cswy. Miami. 305-795-1256. www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/biscayne/

Connect With Nature Festival » Saturday, April 11

From mangroves to dunes to coral reefs, Miami has an abundance of natural treasures that play a vital role in protecting this coastal city from hazards. Join The Nature Conservancy & the Frost Museum of Science for an exciting day of voluntarism & fun to learn what steps Miami can take to become more resilient against erosion, storms & rising seas. 10:00am–4:00pm, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Virginia Key. (305) 646-4243. www.miamisci.org

Spring Garden Festival » Saturday & Sunday, April 11–12

What’s growin’ on this spring? Celebrate the season with local foods & the gorgeous gardens they grow in. Garden tips, backyard beekeeping, cooking demos by local chefs, food vendors, beer tasting & butterflies. Add a plant from the Fairchild nurseries to your garden collection. 9:30am–4:30pm. Adult/$25, Child(6–17)/$12, 5&Under/Free. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables. www.fairchildgarden.org

Quinceañera: 15 Years of Family Fun Fest » Sunday, April 12

It’s a fact of life. Everybody grows up…even Family Fun Fest. Match park animals with their baby pictures, discover some of the park’s most coordinated dancers, check out some FAB-ulous outfits, & witness the most spectacular finale ever as they wrap up the season. FREE! 1–4pm. Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328 St. Homestead 305-230-1144 x000. www.nps.gov/bisc

Party for the Planet » Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19

Earth Day celebration, has “Green” activities & entertainment for the entire family. Watch the animals receive treats made with recycled newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses & more. Flowering tree & plant sale by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society. Admission is FREE when turning in old cell phones, as part of the ECO-CELL phone recycling program to save gorillas. Cell phones contain coltan, a mineral extracted in the forests of the Congo, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. 11am–4pm. Free parking. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-255-5551. www.zoomiami.org

Pinecrest Earth Day Festival » Sunday, April 19

A fun-filled & eco-friendly day. Activities for the whole family include music in the amphitheater by Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concert, Whole Foods demo, farmers market, Fantasy Theater Factory perform “Never Everglades”, wildlife shows, plant exhibits, Earth Day Art, delicious food, informative green & workshops. 11am–4pm. Free. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd. (SW 57 Ave). 305-284-0911. www.pinecrest-fl.gov

Earth Day Celebration » Sunday, April 19

Celebrate Earth Day with super foods for super kids. Superheroes, bike valet, arts & crafts, music, planting & healthy eating demos & much more!  Tour the historic house & grounds; nature walks with park ranger, visit displays by environmental groups & green businesses; enjoy kids’ crafts, games. Ages 6&up/$5, Child(3–5)/$3. 11am–4pm. Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. 305-442-6866www.floridastateparks.org/thebarnacle

“Sea Turtle: The Lost Years” Premiere » Wednesday, April 22

After sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests, they vanish into the sea. Until recently, their journey was largely shrouded in mystery. Now, as technology advances, researchers are beginning to understand where turtles go during their so-called “lost years.” Earth Day film event in partnership with WPBT2. 6:30–7:30pm. Free. Deering Estate at Cutler -Visitor Center Theatre, 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668×233. www.deeringestate.org

ConSerVations: Trash Detectives » Wednesday, April 22 

If you’ve been anywhere along Miami’s shoreline, you know there’s a ton of trash washing up. Imagine our surprise when we realized that we were becoming detectives, as we tried to figure out where the trash comes from & how to stop it. Join in this Earth Day for some trash talk, brain dumps & a (surprisingly) good time! 6:30–9:30pm. Adult/$18, Child(6–12)/$6. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 So. Miami Ave. Miami. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com

Earth Day Clean-Up » Saturday, April 25

Go Green, clean up & earn community service hours too! School-age child must be accompanied by parent. Enjoy kids activities while learning about nature. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing & sneakers. 8:30am. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park , 1725 NE 135 St. North Miami. 305-895-9840. www.northmiamifl.gov

Earth Day » Saturday, April 25

Earth Day helps us stay aware of our environment & reminds us of ways to keep it safe & healthy. Join in & taste food that is good for you & good for the Earth. Drum along with Drumming for Wellness, & create beautiful & fun art out of recycled materials. Learn about recycling, conservation, & ways to protect our planet. GenAdm/$16, Fla. Res/$12, 50% off City of Miami Res. 10am–6pm. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Watson Island. 305-373-5437×126. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Baynanza 2015 -Biscayne Bay Cleanup » Saturday, April 25

Cleanup Day is the highlight of the month long Baynanza. Join thousands of volunteers & be a part of the best environmental event in SoFla. Help remove tons of trash from the shorelines & nearby islands of Biscayne Bay, & 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. 23 locations on Biscayne Bay, choose one close to you online. Regis. req. by April 4. Register online: www.miamidade.gov/environment 305-372-6784.

Earth Day Festival » Saturday, April 4

A family-friendly day of outdoor fun featuring live music, by Randi Fishenfeld, Justin Enco Band, Albert Castiglia & Big Sky. Great food, unique vendors & exhibitors, Kids’ Korner w/hands-on activities, face painting, arts & crafts, & bounce houses. The first 1,000 people will receive a reusable shopping tote, along with a BPA-free water bottle. Free parking & admission. 10am–4pm. Sawgrass Sanctuary, 237 N. New River Circle. Sunrise. 954-747-4600. www.sunriseflorida.gov

EcoAction Day » Saturday, April 18

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants, and remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours for graduation & college scholarships, & others can help improve & preserve the environment. Dress appropriately with long sleeves, long pants, & closed-toe shoes that can get dirty. Bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, & drinking water. Extra tools such as shovels, rakes, & hand pruners are welcome. Regis. req. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84. Dania Beach. 954-357-8884.

EcoAction Day » Saturday, April 18

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants, and remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours for graduation & college scholarships, and others can help improve & preserve the environment. Regis. req. Snake Warrior’s Island Natural Area, 3600 SW 62 Ave. Miramar 954-357-5161

EarthFest » Saturday, April 18

Wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for CS residents, children’s activities & refreshments. 9am–1pm. Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Dr.  Coral Springs. (E. of University Dr. bet. Sample & Wiles). 954-344-1117. www.coralsprings.org

Earth Day Waterway Cleanup » Saturday, April 18

Waterway cleanup on kayaks and paddle boats. Ages 6 &Up. 9am–1pm. Free. Pre-register at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach. 954-357-5100.

EcoAction Day » Saturday, April 18

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants and remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours for graduation & college scholarships, & others can help improve & preserve the environment. Regis. req. 2 locations: Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St. Hollywood. 954-357-5161 & Deerfield Island Park,1720 Deerfield Island Park. Deerfield Beach. 954-357-5100.

Florida Earth Festival » Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19

Two days of activities for families to learn more about cool stuff toward a sustainable lifestyle. Featuring green products, urban gardening, electric cars, art & crafts activities and workshops. In the Green Kid Garden, play with the SOCCKET ball that can power a lamp. Make Solar Oven S’mores or bird feeders out of recycled materials. Face painting. Free for Delray residents with picture ID. $10 Donation req. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton. www.floridaearthfestival.com

Earth Day Hike » Wednesday, April 22

Celebrate nature and Earth Day with a walk through the mangroves. Learn about this unique and fascinating environment. 1:30–2:30pm. $3/pp. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St. Hollywood. 954-357-5161.

Celebrate Earth Day » Saturday April 25

A festival of life celebrating our Earth will educate & inspire with a fantastic line-up of eco-activities that promise a fun, engaging learning experience, including crafts, games for children & live animal presentations & a raffle. Food & drinks available. 9am–3pm. Free. Okeeheelee Nature Center , 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach. 561-233-1400www.pbcparks.com/nature

Celebrate Earth Day » Saturday April 25

Earth celebrations that will educate & inspire with ecoactivities including guided nature walks, exhibitors, crafts, games for children & live animal presentations & a raffle. Food & drinks available. 9am–3pm. Free. Burt Aaronson So. Co. Regional Park, 11435 Park Access Rd. Boca Raton 561-629-8760 www.pbcparks.com/nature

Annual Waterway Cleanup & Trash Splash » Saturday, April 25 

Clean up Davie waterways at this eco-activity that earns volunteers community service credit, a Tshirt/hat and a ticket to the Trash Splash at the Pine Island Park Pool. Free hotdogs, refreshments and DJ tunes. 9am–1pm. Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Dr. Davie 954-797-1166

Annual Free Tree Giveaway » Saturday, April 25

Open to all Coconut Creek residents who can show proof of residency. One tree per household. Composting demos, plant seeds at Home Depot’s Kid’s Workshop, speak with Master Gardeners, visit animals at the Sawgrass Nature Center booth. 8am–Noon. Coconut Creek City Hall, 4800 W. Copans Rd. Coconut Creek.  www.coconutcreek.net/arborday


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