Earth Day in the Florida Keys and Key West


Earth Day in the Florida Keys and Key West

Friday, 12 Apr, 2024 0

The Florida Keys & Key West are putting Earth Day in the spotlight with a wide range of activities throughout the island chain on and around 22 April 2024. 

Every day is a reason to celebrate the planet in the Florida Keys.

It is an area full of natural wonders including ten state parks, two national parks, four federally protected wildlife refuges and the only contiguous coral barrier reef in continental United States.

 

Earth Day activities include:

KEY WEST

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Ocean Fest: This community celebration of the Florida Keys’ marine environment takes place on Saturday 20 April, from 10 am to 3 pm at Truman Waterfront Park. Attendees of all ages are invited to enjoy a fun day of crafts, games, music, food, local brews and shopping. Mote and other environmental organisations provide exhibits and experiences to enhance understanding of the work being done to preserve coral reefs.

Earth Day 5k Run/Walk: The Key West Southernmost Runners’ 26th annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk is set for Saturday 20 April at Truman Waterfront Park. Proceeds from the race benefit the Conch Republic Marine Army, a local nonprofit grassroots organisation dedicated to cleaning and restoring the shallow mangrove habitats.

Plogging the Keys Earth Day Cleanup: Plogging the Keys, a group that stages numerous cleanups around Key West, is to hold its Earth Day cleanup event in the Triangle area, starting at 8 am on Monday 22 April.

 

LOWER KEYS

Bahia Honda State Park Earth Day Celebration: Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys is to stage its annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday 20 April. Attendees can learn about earth-friendly activities from numerous conservation-minded vendors and enjoy live music and crafts. A scavenger hunt will send kids on a journey to visit the festival’s many exhibitors, including the Florida Keys’ Turtle Hospital, Reef Relief, and Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys.

Plant Mangroves with Plant a Million Corals and Coastlove: Plant a Million Corals’ headquarters at Summerland Farms in the Lower Keys is now home to both coral and mangrove nurseries. Coastlove, a leader in mangrove restoration, has joined with Plant a Million Corals to create an Earth Day community event on Saturday 20 April. There are tours of the nurseries and the chance to plant baby mangroves along the shoreline, along with educational activities, live music, and refreshments.

Full Moon Kayak Excursion: Captain Bill Keogh’s Big Pine Kayak Adventures hosts full moon kayak excursions from October to May in the waters surrounding the National Key Deer Refuge. April’s full moon paddle takes place on Tuesday 23rd April, the day after Earth Day. Paddlers on the 6:30-8:30 pm excursion can explore the quiet beauty of the mangrove estuary and view the full moon light. Cost is a US$30 donation that supports the Florida Keys Wildlife Society.

 

ISLAMORADA

I.CARE Coral Restoration Dives: I.CARE is a nonprofit group dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of the coral reef communities in the Florida Keys. Coral transplant dives are offered every Saturday and the third Sunday of each month – including 20 and 21 April – with three participating Upper Keys dive shops. Those interested can join the citizen science effort while exploring Keys reefs with other conservation-minded divers.

 

Visitors can discover more of the island chain’s unique eco-attractions by tapping into the free Florida Keys Eco-Experience Trail pass.

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