DEP Celebrates Earth Day with Statewide Environmental Events

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DEP Celebrates Earth Day with Statewide
Environmental Events

~Earth Day activities inspire environmental preservation~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In celebration of Earth Day, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites Florida residents and visitors to participate in a variety of fun activities focused on volunteerism, environmental education and recreation in the state's unique ecosystems and natural beauty.     

Celebrated since 1970, Earth Day has encouraged environmental conservation and protection for 47 years. A host of state parks and aquatic preserves are offering festivals, guided hikes, litter cleanups and informational sessions to encourage residents and visitors alike to get outside and contribute to bettering their communities.

“Whether it’s exploring a nature trail or getting your hands dirty at a cleanup event, I encourage all Florida residents to spend Earth Day outdoors,” said DEP Interim Secretary Ryan Matthews. “Florida state parks and aquatic preserves are offering a variety of special events to celebrate the state’s unique ecosystems and natural beauty, and recognize the importance of protecting our natural resources for future generations.”

Participate in a beach cleanup at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park on Saturday, April 22, in North Palm Beach as part of the Great American Cleanup. One of the nation’s largest community improvement programs, the Great American Cleanup coordinates events such as cleaning up recreation areas and shorelines, and increasing recycling, to inspire a new generation of community stewards. Trash bags and gloves will be provided, and entrance to the park will be waived for those participating in the cleanup. 

Project GreenShores will be hosting a marsh cleanup event on Saturday, April 22 at the Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves. At the event, volunteers will restore shorelines and natural habitats in the area surrounding Pensacola Bay. Stop by to help maintain Florida's unique beach environment.

Florida State Parks will be hosting a variety of other Earth Day events, including free park admission for the Earth Day Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. The Earth Day Festival will feature activities for all ages, including live music, guided hikes, face painting, tram tours and more. There will also be food vendors, demonstrations and native plants for sale. 

Additionally, DEP, in partnership with the Southern Waste Information eXchange, is offering an Operation Medicine Cabinet Event in Clearwater for the free collection of unwanted or unneeded medications. Drug take-back events are a safe alternative for disposal and help protect waterways by preventing medications from being flushed down the drain. 

For more information on local Earth Day events, click here.