2017-04-20 / Top News

Area groups celebrate Earth Day

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

Earth Day brings an opportunity to reflect on the planet and ways in which we can protect it. It’s also a day of celebration.

At Loggerhead Marinelife Center, the day includes Earth-friendly activities for all ages 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22.

One of the activities is the Great American Clean-up, from 9 to 11 a.m., during which participants will help clean neighboring natural areas.

LMC staff and volunteers also will install educational signage throughout the coastal natural area north of the center, in the Juno Dunes Natural Area.

The Earth Day Celebration also will offer free Turtle Yard tours, morning Hammock Hikes and a composting presentation, highlighting the science of decomposition and tips on living sustainably and growing a garden.

Visitors also can participate in a planting activity, with provided tools and resources to take their very own seedling home — including strawberries, - green peppers (a sea turtle favorite) and green beans.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is at 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach (just north of Donald Ross Road). For more information on LMC’s Earth Day Celebration, call 627-8280 or visit its Facebook page.

Even malls are thinking about the environment.

The Gardens Mall Kids Club will host an Earth Day Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 22 in Nordstrom Court. Activities will include arts and crafts, story time, kids yoga, games, Recycle Bingo, and refreshments. Nespresso also will have a table for a little pick-me-up for parents. Not a member of the Kid’s Club? Register at www.thegardensmall.com/thegardensmallkidsclub.

In West Palm Beach, you can celebrate Earth Day at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. Lectures, panel presentations, interactive learning stations and garden tours are planned. The ANSG is partnering with Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Manatee Lagoon, the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation and the South Florida Science Museum for this event. The gardens are at 2051 Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Call 832-5328 or visit www.ansg.org.

In Lake Worth, Gray Mockingbird Community Garden will host a day that includes two stages of music and entertainment, a food court, indoor green presentations and a fashion show. There will be children’s games with prizes, a kids’ craft area, plus a fruit tree giveaway to city residents. There also will be Earth Ball games, a drum circle, a kids’ music circle, parachute games, as well as yoga and tai-chi.

The event is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22 at 2000 N. D St., Lake Worth. Info at 246- 0148 or www.graymockingbird.org.

Also in Lake Worth, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery will give out free seedlings the day before Earth Day.

The co-op gallery will open its “It’s Not Easy Being Green” on April. Plein air artists, conservationists and activists who want to save this planet will be exhibiting.

One hundred seedlings will be given out to the first 100 visitors to this show. The gallery is at 15 S. J St., Lake Worth. Info at www.flamingoclaystudio.org. ¦

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