Anyone who knows me well knows that Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays. It really is! I love that
there is a day set aside to remind people about this place we call home and to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of it. What we do and how we live our lives have a huge impact on our environment. If we want our children and grandchildren, and other future generations, to grow up with clean air, water, and a healthy planet it is up to us to do what we can to care for it, as well as teach the next generation to do the same.
Whether you take the kids on a nice nature walk (I have plenty of places listed you can explore by taking a nature hike and picnic to celebrate earth day), or go to one of these events below, do something. Talk to them about the importance of caring for our planet and ways that they can do so. They are never to young or old to get them learning about things like recycling, nature, doing beach clean-ups, taking reusable bags to the store, etc. Some additional things to consder doing this month: go camping, kayaking, take an eco-boat tour, take a tour of the landfill, etc.
Here are some 2014 Earth Day related activities and events:
April 12, 2014 - Stetson University
They are holding an Earth Day event at their Gillespie Museum. You can get all the details here.
April 12-13, 2014 - Native American Earth Festival
There will be a Native American Earth Festival at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona. You can get the details here.
April 12-14, 2014 - St. John's River Clean-up
Your family or group can participate in helping to clean up the St. John's River. You can get more information here.
April 18th - Electronics Recycling
From 10am-2pm, you can take your old electronics equipment to 1801 Dunn Avenue, Daytona Beach for proper recycling. Fully assisted, relax in your car while the A-1 Asset team does all the heavy lifting. The vast majority of items are accepted 100% FREE OF CHARGE. They will accept all items reusable or not, working or not.
April 19, 2014 - Hontoon Island State Park
From April 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. they wil have an Earth Day celebration featuring live music, games for the kids, crafts, a nature hike, and more. Get more details here.
April 19, 2014 - Turtle Day at the Marine Science Center
They will be having their annual Turtle Day. This is a free admission day and you will get activities, treats, face painting, and more. It's from 9-3. Get the full details here.
April 19, 2014 - Garbage to Garden: It's Composting Time!
The Lyonia Environmental Center will be hosting a free class on composting. It's from 10-11 a.m. You can get more details here.
April 19, 2014 - Central Florida Earth Day
This event is held in Orlando every year. It's the largest Earth Day event around. It will be held from 10-6. You can get all the details here.
April 19-20, 2014 - Free Admission into National Parks
On both of these days you can get free admission into national parks. In this area you can visit Canavaral National Seashore for free that day. Here's info on the free park days and here's info on Canaveral National Seashore.
April 22, 2014 - Earth Day Hike
The Lyonia Environmental Center will lead an Earth Day hike from 3-4 pm. You can get more details here.
April 22, 2014 - Earth Day Electronics Recycling
Drop off your electronics that need recycling to The Baumgartner Company, located at 101 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, from 10-2 pm. For more info call 386-734-7730.
April 25, 2014 - Star Tour of the Night
Explore the night sky at Wiregrass Prarie Preserve. This is a free event. Get the full details here.
April 26, 2014 - Washington Oaks State Park
They will be holding an Earth Day event from 10-4. They are located in Palm Coast. You can get more details here.
April 26, 2014 - Butterflies and Blooms
The Lyonia Environmental Center will be holding a class to teach peopel how to raise butterflies. There i is a $10 fee. You can get more details here. Class size is limited, so you do need to RSVP.
April 27, 2014 - Earth-friendly swap-o-rama
The Lyonia Environmental Center will be having a swap-o-rama. Take clothing to swap out. You can get more info here.
Disney Nature - The new Disney Nature movie will be open the week of Earth Day. If you see it during opening week a portion of the profits are donated to help bears (the theme this year). You can find more info on this here.
Also, be sure to join Volusia County Curb Alert. The site is for posting curb alerts throughout the country. Curb alerts are when people put out items for the garbage that can be re-used or repurposed still. You simply post it with the address so someone can rescue it from going to the landfill. Or, if you see something someone has posted that you would like to have, go get it. Together, we can keep more things out of the landfill.