Earth Day 2017 Celebrations
Every year, South Florida celebrates Earth Day, launched April 22, 1970, and considered the launch of the modern environmental movement. This year, April 22 is also the date for the March for Science, a global celebration of science and its role in our lives, and the need to respect and encourage research that gives insight into the world. In South Florida, Marches for Science will be held in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Here's a roundup of local Earth Day highlights:
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
April 21, 5-10pm
Celebrate sustainable practices and green living on the eve of Earth Day with an evening of mindfulness and music in the garden. Watch Coral Morphologic’s Coral Orgy Film Projections followed by the feature film: BEFORE THE FLOOD, National Geographic’s documentary from filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio. Sunset Yoga practice with Tropical Vinyasa, beverages and savory snacks, green vendors, live DJ. Tantalizing refreshments by Whole Foods and Broken Shaker & 27 Restaurant at Freehand. This will be an outdoor screening (weather permitting) so bring a picnic blanket, and chill on the Great Lawn and celebrate Mother Earth.
Disco Soup and Pop-Up Cafe at Miramar Community Garden
3700 Largo Dr, Miramar
April 22, 11:30am-3pm
Demos and giveaways, tours, Lexicon of Sustainability Exhibit, DIY mini-succulent gardens, UF/IFAS Master Gardeners and more.
The Wynwood Yard
April 22, noon-5pm
Hands-on, educational workshops and activities that connect you with our cosmos. Build your own terrarium, learn how to make "scissor salsa" at a garden-to-table cooking demo, create art from recycled items and plant seeds in the garden. Live music, information booths with organizations like Debris Free Oceans, Slow Food Miami, and Project Seahorse. Shop for earth-friendly products from local producers and artisans.
Zoo Miami Party for the Planet
April 22-23, 11am-4pm
Annual festivities include Tropical Flowering Tree Society Tree and Plant Sale, conservation-themed activities. Free admission when you turn in a cell phone for eco-cell phone recycling program.
Miami Seaquarium REEF-sanctioned Lionfish Derby and Community Picnic
Fishermen and women can enter the derby and catch invasive, delicious lionfish. Others can taste lionfish, participate in lionfish jewelry workshops and learn ways to fight the lionfish invasion by visiting with our participating organizations!
Heal the Planet Day, Esplanade Park
April 22, 11-5
Farmer and the Chef Cooking Competition, kids zone, sustainable foods, workshops
Farm and Dine at Little Haiti Community Garden
April 22, 10am-12:30pm
Tour the garden and work on it, then enjoy organic lunch and join the conversation on Cuba’s sustainable practices.
The PATCH Garden
April 22, 9am-1pm
Hydroponics, fruit tree planting, market sales, family activities, cooking demos, ladybug release and crafts.
April 22, 9am-noon
21 locations from NMB to Homestead
Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day at 21 locations from North Miami Beach to Homestead. Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems in South Florida.
Earth Day Dinner at The Standard
April 22, 7pm
Celebrate our South Florida environment at the third annual Earth Day Dinner, in partnership with Miami Waterkeeper, a non-profit working to protect swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water for all. Guests will feast on a four-course meal that celebrates the land and sea’s bounty with seasonal dishes from The Lido Bayside Grill executive chef Mark Zeitouni. 25% of proceeds will go to Miami Waterkeeper.
Birdstock at Tropical Audubon Society
April 22, 7pm-11pm
Six topflight South Florida bands – Axe and the Oak, Edan Archer, ERICoustic, Gold Dust Lounge, Lucid Room, Snow Moon and South Bound Suspects – comprise the all-original music playbill. Donation Bird Bar beverages will flow courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co. and local craft beer maker Miami Brewing Company. Gates open at 7pm. Lights out at 11. Picnic tables available on a first-come basis. $10 donation, children under 12 free. Proceeds benefit capital improvements to the grounds and historic buildings.
Earth Day Cleanup and Green Awareness Fair
April 22, 9am-11am
Volunteers are needed for the Earth Day Cleanup. Tasks for volunteers include service projects, tidying public spaces and gardening at:
Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135 Street
Claude Pepper Park, at 1255 NW 135 Street
Clyde Judson Community Center, at 12100 NW 16 Avenue
On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers may pre-register online.