St. Pete Earth Day
Learn to respect and protect our planet at this festival with interactive exhibits, Earth-friendly shopping, Mother Nature's Book Nook, Electric Avenue, a food court and music on the band shell stage. Music runs until 10 p.m. Free. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (813) 308-9333. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Island Earth Days
Celebrate the Earth and our tropical environment at this annual event with live music, children's activities, nature walks, live animals and environmental displays. Free; $8 per carload park admission. Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. (727) 738-2903. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
March for Science
Held in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration and the national March for Science in Washington, D.C., this march demonstrates our area's passion for science and puts out a call for support of the scientific community. Speakers, including Rep. Charlie Crist, will talk and then the crowd will march through St. Petersburg and back to Poynter Park, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (401) 207-6593. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
A celebration of the local businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to sustainability (ecology, equity and economy) includes demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services from local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations and organic farms. Also, a parkour agility course, kid friendly yoga, crafts and games. Free. Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 North Blvd., Tampa. (813) 948-4190. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Great American Cleanup
Take part in Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to clean-up and beautify the community. Certificate of volunteer hours provided. Free. Ed Radice Sports Complex, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa. (813) 767-8311. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Green Thumb Festival
Loads of flowering plants, fruit trees, unusual and unique plants, herbs, garden art and accessories, fresh produce for sale, at the popular annual garden and greenery fest. Bring questions to "Ask an Arborist'' and tools to be sharpened (nominal fee), get soil and water tested. Also, a Garden Wagon Parade, kids tree climbing, children's programs, garden club flower show, food court, free mulch, free butterfly plants (while supplies last) and 1,200 trees available for $5. Free admission. Walter Fuller Park & Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Healthy Us and Healthy Earth
Celebrate Earth Day with family activities including free health screenings, a waterslide, a snow cone truck and free tree saplings. Free. Citrus Park Centra Care, 6930 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 792-2550. 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Children's Earth Day
A celebration of Earth Day and children at this bilingual event with Earth friendly activities, games, prizes and food. Free. Morgan Woods Recreation Center, 7510 Soccer Ave., Tampa. (813) 249-8100. 3-7 p.m. Friday.
Earth Day in Dunedin
Celebrate Earth Day with a garden dedication, story telling, crafts for children, cookies, lemonade, free plants and a butterfly release (noon). Free. Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 734-7576. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Great Ex Earth Day Celebration
Children can celebrate the planet Earth as they make recycled puzzles out of cardboard boxes and learn about the science behind cleaning oil spills. Included with admission: $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Glazer Explores Earth Day
Explore facts about our planet as you eat dirt cups and learn why wetlands are crucial to Florida's ecology. Included with admission: $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
Pasco Earth Day Celebration
Pasco County celebrates Earth Day with children's crafts, educational displays, an interactive Water Ventures learning lab, Florida native plant sale, pet adoptions, ladybug release, "upcycle" vendors, household hazardous waste collection, electronics recycling, pill take-back program, document shredding, mercury disposal and concessions. Also, workshops and a meet and greet with Spike, the 10-foot alligator from Croc Encounters. Free. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (352) 518-0156. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Hope Center Earth Day Celebration
Plant vegetables in the community garden, aid in the pond restoration project and build and paint tree planters. Pizza party follows. Free. Harvest Hope Center, 13704 N 20th St., Tampa. (813) 558-5212. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
Chinsegut Earth Day Family Fair
Bring the kids and your camera for fun photo opportunities in a bubble with Green-Fly Media, plant a sunflower to take home and watch a slide show of Chinsegut memories. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. 9 a.m. Saturday.
Moccasin Lake Earth Day Festival
Learn how we can make things better as a community while enjoying music, workshops, presentations, food and vendors. Free. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. (727) 793-2976. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Earth Day Plant Sale
Common and botanical plants for sale to benefit Pasco-Hernando State College scholarships and Wekiva Youth Camp scholarships. Free. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Earth Day at Evos
Tip a hat to planet conscious organic farmers as you slurp down a free organic milk shake. No purchase required. Also taking place at Evos in Carrollwood and South Tampa. Free. Evos Restaurant, 2631 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 571-3867. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday.
Earth Day/Birthday Garden Celebration
Help the community garden celebrate its eighth anniversary, with tour, tips for growing organic produce at home, free vegetable seedlings (while they last), snacks, or bring potluck dish. Love gardening, but don't have a garden space? Find out how to become a volunteer member of the garden and help with growing and maintaining the space. Free. Seminole Heights Community Garden, 6011 N Highland Ave., Tampa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Earth Day at Tampa Heights Community Garden
Workshops on organic gardening, hydroponics, permaculture, growing and using herbs, and aquaponics. Also, DJ music, vendors, raffle, family activities and an optional pulled pork or fried fish dinner. Free, $8 dinner. Tampa Heights Community Garden, 605 E Frances Ave., Tampa. (813) 992-0940. 2-6 p.m. Sunday.
Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner
Library staff read stories about art. Story related, hands-on art activities follow. April's theme is "Leap into Art Goes Green" for Earth Day. Ideal for ages 4 to 8. Included with museum admission: $7, $6 seniors, children/military free. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Music and a Meal
It's an Earth Day tribute concert with music by Duo Vida and a health conscious meal available for purchase ($8). $12. Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 367-3592. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Paddle the Preserve
Celebrate Earth Day by sharing a nature related story, poem or song as you paddle through mangrove tunnels and over seagrass flats. $20, $10 children; $10 with your own vessel. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Policies in the EPA
A discussion on water quality standards and how they effect the ecosystem. Free. Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Surfrider Earth Day Clean Up Party
Anyone interested in paddle boarding is invited to a land and water based clean up followed by an introduction to paddle boarding class, Kai water fitness and a "Yoga on the Water" session. Complimentary lunch provided for everyone participating in clean up portion of the event. $10. Urban Kai, 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 598-1634. 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday.
This Earth Day salute includes a display of large work vehicles used to recycle waste, purify water, save lives and more. Other activities include Earth Day related crafts, a recycle relay, Earth Day awareness education and information on trucking related jobs. Free. St. Petersburg College Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 614-7019. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Veg Out! 2017 and Bloody Mary Competition
Spend a day in the park to salute Earth Day at this festival with health conscious vendors, tips on how to keep the planet healthy and fitness demos. Also, taste the contenders as representatives from area restaurants and bars whip of their best vegetarian friendly Bloody Marys. Free (festival); $25 advance, $30 day of (Bloody Mary tasting). Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (813) 442-9911. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
By Kelly A. Stefani