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Celebrate Earth Day April 22

By on March 31, 2016

Spring is in the air & Earth Day activities are happening everywhere! April is full of adventures & 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 2 | Miami River Day Festival
Lummus Park on Miami River

Celebrate the history & culture of Miami’s working river w/riverboat rides, live music including Elastic Bond & Spam All Stars, paddleboard & kayak races,  children’s activities, environmental education, historical re-enactors. 1–6pm. Free. 250 NW North River Dr. 305-644-0544. www.miamirivercommission.org

Saturday, April 9 | Day of the Young Child
Miami Dade College Homestead Campus

“A Time to Discover” theme focuses on the needs of young children & their families, highlighting early childhood programs & health & safety services, parent resources & medical screenings. Activities include science, storytelling, music & dance, gardening, hands-on craft, face painting, fire truck, safety, & more. 11am–3pm. 500 College Terrace. Homestead. 305-237-5245. www.mdc.edu/homestead/youngchild.aspx

Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10  |  Spring Garden Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Garden tips, backyard beekeeping, hands-on culinary kid activities in the KidWay, tricks from local chefs/cooking demos, food vendors, beer tasting, & plant sale. 9:30am–4:30pm. Adult/$25, Child(6–17)/$12, 5&Under/Free. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables.
305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org

Sunday, April 10 | Family Fun Fest: Parks & Recreation
Biscayne National Park

How many ways are there to have fun in a national park? How high can you count? Go rock climbing, paddling, birdwatching, & more! Go ahead! Get up! Get out there! Find Your Park FREE! 1–4pm. 9700 SW 328 St. Homestead. 305-230-1144×000. www.nps.gov/bisc

Saturday, April 16 | Science Experience
Virginia Key North Point

Join Frost Science’s MuVe in a citizen science shoreline cleanup. As volunteers collect trash from the shoreline, items are logged into a smartphone app, Marine Debris Tracker. 4–6pm. Virginia Key North Point, Arthur Lamb Jr. Rd. Contact: Chelle King 305-646-4243 or cking@frostscience.org www.miamisci.org/muve/get-involved

Saturday, April 16 | Baynanza Cleanup Day
Biscayne Bay

Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay & its significance as one of most important ecological systems created to save the bay from pollution & improve the marine environment. Register online to join the effort at one of the 22 sites in SoFla from Oleta River State Park to Biscayne National Park. Get a free T-Shirt & be part of the solution. www.miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp#0

Saturday, April 16 | Festival of the Arts
Deering Estate

Full day of exhibit & performance & interactive activities for all ages. Presenting “Intersections” exhibition on the nature of curiosity. Invited artists in the SoFla Community create site-specific works, including a special performance by National Water Dance. Kids can explore with a camera & win a digital camera & family membership! 3:30–10pm. Free. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-233-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Saturday, April 16 | Earth Day Clean-Up
Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

Go Green, clean up & earn community service hours too! School-age child must be accompanied by parent. Wear comfortable clothing & sneakers. 8:30am. Joe Celestin Center, 1725 NE 135 St. No. Miami. 305-895-9840. Waiver at: www.northmiamifl.gov/Celebrate

Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17 | Party for the Planet
Zoo Miami

Earth Day celebration, has “Green” activities & entertainment for the entire family. Watch the animals receive treats made with recycled items &/or natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses & more. Flowering tree & plant sale. 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. 10am–4pm. Free parking. 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-255-5551. www.zoomiami.org

Sunday, April 17  | Earth Day Celebration
Barnacle Historic State Park

Celebrate Earth Day with super foods for super kids with healthy eating presentation by Chef Julie Frans. Superheroes, bike decorating & parade, arts & crafts, music, ladybug release & much more! Tour the historic house & grounds (add’l charge), nature walks w/park ranger. Enjoy kids’ crafts & games. Ages 6&up/$5, Child(3–5)/$3. 11am–4pm. 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. 305-442-6866.
www.floridastateparks.org/park-events

Sunday, April 17 | Pinecrest Earth Day Festival
Pinecrest Gardens

A fun-filled & eco-friendly day with activities for the whole family includes food demos, farmers market, wildlife shows, plant exhibits, Earth Day Art, delicious food, & informative green workshops. Noon–4pm. Free. 11000 Red Rd(SW 57 Ave). 305-284-0911. www.pinecrest-fl.gov

Friday, April 22 | Moonlight Garden Tour
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

In honor of Earth Day, it’s the final chance of the season to see Vizcaya’s bayfront gardens transformed by the glow of a bright Miami moon.
Enjoy live music & indulge in wine or delicious temptations in the Café & Shop. $20/pp. 6–9pm. 3251 S. Miami Ave. Miami. www.vizcaya.org

Saturday, April 23 |  Earth Day Extravaganza
Miami Children’s Museum

Earth Day helps us stay aware of our environment & reminds us of ways to keep it safe & healthy. Taste food that is good for you & good for the Earth. Create collages out of recycled materials in our Art Studio. Learn about recycling & meet the Trash Monster! 10am–6pm. GenAdm/$16, Fla Res/$12, 50% off City of Miami Res. 4–6pm. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Watson Island. 305-373-5437×126. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Saturday, April 23 | Earth Day Celebration
Bahia Honda State Park

The global theme for 2016 is Trees for Earth, based on a long term goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, one for every person on earth. To help w/this, join the native plant & tree giveaway. Hands on crafts, music, food, info vendors, a sandcastle contest & much more. 10am–2pm. 36850 Overseas Hwy. Big Pine Key. 305-872-2353.

Saturday, April 2 | EcoAction Day
Miramar Pineland Park

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants, & remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours, & 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. Ages 13–18 must be with a parent or have a signed form. 9am–noon. 3600 S. University Dr. Miramar. 954-357-8776.

Saturday, April 9 | Earth Day Festival
City of Sunrise

A family-friendly day of outdoor fun featuring live music, great food, unique vendors & educational 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. 11am–4pm. Sawgrass Sanctuary, 237 N. New River Circle. Sunrise. 954-747-4600. www.sunriseflorida.gov

Saturday, April 9 | EcoAction Day
Snake Warrior’s Island Natural Area

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants, & remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours, & others can help improve & preserve the environment. Dress appropriately. Ages 13–18 must be with a parent or have a signed form. Arrive at the Miramar Pineland Park, 9am–noon. 3600 SW 62 Ave. Miramar. 954-357-8776.

Saturday, April 16 | Annual Waterway Cleanup & Trash Splash
Davie Town Hall

Clean up Davie waterways at this eco-activity that earns volunteers community service credit, a T-shirt/ hat & a ticket to the ‘Trash Splash’ at the Pine Island Park Pool at 11:30am (3800 SW 92 Ave). Free hotdogs, refreshments & DJ tunes. Bring your swim suit & your appetite with you! 9am–1pm. 6591 Orange Dr. Davie. 954-797-1153 or 954-797-1166.

Saturday, April 16 | EarthFest
Sawgrass Nature Center

Event offers a unique opportunity to enjoy nature & get up close & personal with wildlife. Includes nature exhibits, community garden info, plant giveaways for CS residents, children’s activities & raffle. 9am–1pm. Free. 3000 Sportsplex Dr. Coral Springs. (East of University Dr. betw. Sample & Wiles). 954-344-1117. www.coralsprings.org/events

Saturday, April 16 | Celebrate Earth Day
Okeeheelee Nature Center

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. 9am–3pm. Free. 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach. 561-233-1400. www.pbcparks.com/nature

Friday, April 22 | Full Moon Hike
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center

Join a naturalist to explore the nature trails of Long Key by the light of the full moon. Watch the moonrise through the oaks while you listen to stories, myths, & legends about it from around the world. Pre-reg req. 8pm. $5/pp. 3501 SW 130 Ave. Davie. 954-357-8797.

Friday, April 22 | Earth Day Night Hike
Secret Woods Nature Center

Celebrate nature Earth Day with a walk through the nature center. Learn about this unique & fascinating environment guided by a naturalist. 7:30pm. $5/pp. 2701 W. State Rd. 84. Dania Beach. 954-357-8884.

Saturday, April 23 | EcoAction Day Earth Month Cleanup
Anne Kolb Nature Center

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants, & remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours, & others can help improve & preserve the environment. Dress appropriately. Ages 13–18 must be with a parent or have a signed form. 9am–noon. 751 Sheridan St. Hollywood. 954-357-5161.

Saturday, April 23 | Celebrate Earth Day
Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park

Earth celebrations that will educate & inspire with eco-activities, exhibitors, crafts, games for children, live animal presentations & a raffle. Lady bug release for $1/ticket. Food & drinks avail. 10am–2pm. Adm: Free. 11435 Park Access Rd. Boca Raton. 561-629-8760.
www.pbcparks.com/nature

Saturday, April 23 | Earth Day Celebration
Daggerwing Nature Center

Join to celebrate Earth Day! There will be representatives from several agencies integral in the local push to help save the planet. Children will love the fun science demonstrations, crafts, stories, lady bug release, & much more! There is also a raffle for a phone controlled Star Wars BB-8 robot, tickets available now (drawing at 2pm). 10am–2pm. Suggested donation/$5. 561-629-8760. 11435 Park Access Rd. Boca Raton. www.pbcgov.org/parks/nature/daggerwing_nature_center

Saturday, April 23 | EcoAction Day
Secret Woods Nature Center

Volunteers, ages 13&up, clean up trash, plant native plants, & remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours, & others can help improve & preserve the environment. Dress appropriately. Ages 13–18 must be with a parent or have a signed form. 9am–noon. 2701 W. State Rd. 84. Dania Beach. 954-357-8884.

Saturday, April 23 | Florida Earth Festival’s Earth Day Fair
University Woodlands Park

Festival is a celebration of the people, policies, products, & services that are moving us toward
sustainability. Featuring green products, urban gardening, electric cars, biodegradable supplies, arts & crafts, & energy, air, & water workshops for kids. Free adm.. Regis. in advance for Girl Scout badges at 561-801-1635 (fee applies). 10am–7pm. 2501-2601. Saint Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton. 561-309-2944. www.floridaearthfestival.com

Saturday, April 30 | Annual Free Tree Giveaway
Coconut Creek City Hall

Open to all Coconut Creek residents who can show proof of residency. One tree per household. Composting demonstration, Plant seeds at Home Depot’s Kid’s Workshop, Speak with Master Gardeners, Visit animals at the Sawgrass Nature Center booth. 8am–noon. City Hall, 4800 W. Copans Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-973-6770. www.coconutcreek.net/arborday

Saturday, April 30 | Spring Fest – Celebrating Earth & Arbor Day
Pioneer Park

Eco-friendly arts & crafts vendors, free shredding up to 2 boxes per person, bounce house & petting zoo, kids’ craft zone, free trees & rain barrels for Deerfield residents, & more. 217 NE 5 Ave. Deerfield Beach. 954-480-1425. www.deerfield-beach.com

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 14
Free Quarterly Tree Giveaway | Fort Lauderdale

Residents are invited to help to reach the city’s goal of a 23.6% tree canopy cover by 2018. Proof of residency required (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.). Two trees/household on a first come, first served basis. Various size trees & fruit trees available. 8am–noon. Osswald Park, 2220 NW 21 Ave. Dates subject to change. 954-828-6137.


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