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Excellent Earth Day 2019 Events Throughout Florida

A Sampling of Excellent Earth Day 2019 Events Throughout Florida

Every day should be Earth Day! However, at least there is a designated day, week, and month that focuses on celebrating and protecting Planet Earth. Earth Day was officially founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970. It was birthed as a day of education about environmental issues. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans filled the streets and parks to demonstrate a healthy environment. It made such an impact that important federal environmental laws emerged, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Today, Earth Day events showcase a plethora of educational and practical activities focused on green living.

The following are just a few of the many family-friendly Earth Day events happening all over the Sunshine State on April 20th (and there are two on April 27th and one of April 28th, too)!

14th Annual Central Florida Earth Day, Lake Eola Park/Orlando


The Central Florida Earth Day 2019 celebration is the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in all of Central Florida. Activities begin at 10am on Saturday, April 20th and go until 6pm at Lake Eola Park. The event is family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol free, smoke-free and is FREE! It’s an all vegan event as well. The purpose of this event is to provide knowledge and inspiration to people of all ages through environmental and humane education. www.cfearthday.org/

Earth Day Pensacola, Seville Square/Pensacola


The theme to this Earth Day Pensacola event is energy, transportation, and sustainability. Join the city of Pensacola at Seville Square on April 20th from 10am – 4pm for activities along with an educational forum. You don’t want to miss the food, music, and water education vendors. www.earthdaypensacola.org/

23rd Annual Earth Day 5K, McCoy Indigenous Park/Key West

Join Key West in their 23rd Annual Earth Day 5k run/walk April 20th at 8am. Pre-registration and packet pick up are available the day before the race between 5pm – 7pm at McCoy Indigenous Park. It’s the perfect way to spend the morning: exercise and Earth Day education. https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyWest/ED5K

Beaches Earth Day, Jarboe Park/Neptune Beach/Jacksonville


Help Neptune Beach celebrate their first Beaches Earth Day event. The event starts at 10am and ends at 5pm on April 20th in the heart of Jarboe Park. There is nothing better than a FREE event with live music, food tastings and educational information on saving our species everyday. www.facebook.com/events/2161177763966062/

Earth Day Music and Art Festival, Seminole Heights/Tampa


This is Tampa’s first Earth Day festival hosted by Impact Global International at Robles Park Center. Live music, live arts, and relaxation stations (yoga, essential oils and more) will be available during the events hours of 11am – 2:30pm. This free event is raising awareness on the effect of the environment and their upcoming campaign to Haiti. They are gratefully accepting monetary donations, school supplies, or plants to start a community garden. www.facebook.com/events/1536644263134747

Earth Day Festival at The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville


Come and join the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program on Saturday April 20th from 10am – 3pm for a free educational event at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Guests will have the opportunity to see Florida Wildlife, listen to presentations on conservation, explore environmental exhibits, participate in a guided walk, listen to live music, and much more. Earth Day Festival will also feature activities for youth, including face painting, crafts, and hands-on activities. www.eelbrevard.com  

Earth Day at the Refuge, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge/Sanibel

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has expanded its free annual event to include a full day of tours, crafts, films and programs. Families can take part in recycled earth crafts from 10 am to 3pm in the admission-free Visitor & Education Center, where they can meet Bagzilla, a “bag monster” dressed in the average person’s annual plastic bag consumption. Bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free from 7am to 4pm, join guided tours, attend special programs and watch free films about the scourge of plastic in our waterways. www.dingdarlingsociety.org

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Earth Day Festival, Santa Rosa Beach/Panhandle


Join the fun on Saturday, April 27 at 10am until 2pm at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Admission to the park is free during this event. There will be park environmental organizations and agencies celebrating Planet Earth and Earth Day with nature activities, animals, games, and music! As part of this event and campaign, the park and event attendees will be planting trees on park property. www.floridastateparks.org/events/earth-day-festival-2019

Zoo Miami’s Party for the Planet, Miami

Zoo Miami’s annual Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, will be held Saturday & Sunday April 27 and 28 from 10am – 3pm. They will have lots of fun conservation-themed activities for the entire family as well as special enrichment activities for the animals! Party for the Planet is included with Zoo admission. From Zoo Miami: During Party for the Planet, guests can enter free of charge if they donate an old cell phone for their ECO-CELL recycling program. Cell phones include coltan, a mineral extracted in the deep forests of 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 the gorillas! www.zoomiami.org

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