Happy Earth Day Miami!
Earth Day serves as a day to reflect on the impact that climate change and pollution have on Mother Nature and all of us earthlings. It’s important to remind ourselves of the negative consequences our behaviors can have on the environment and to take action to ensure we’re taking care of our planet. We’ve put together a list of 10 awesome events taking place around Miami this coming Thursday, April 22, so you can celebrate Mother Nature and show love and appreciation for our precious environment and ecosystems.
Of course, this year safety guidelines and protocols will be strictly observed during in-person events, so make sure to keep your distance and bring along your mask!
Through Sunday, April 25, celebrate Earth Day virtually by posting photos and videos of your daily activities connecting with nature under the hashtag, #ActsOfGreen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Acts of Green can be any actions taken to protect our planet from environmental threats. Submit your Acts of Green and share them on social media to help spread the word.
Join Allapattah’s Smart Bites To Go on Thursday at 5 p.m. to help clean up the neighborhood, followed by a bike ride to get to know Allapattah while giving back to underserved children, together with other amazing organizations!
Baynanza celebrates Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of the most important ecological systems in South Florida. As with many other events, last year’s Baynanza was canceled due to COVID-19. This year, there won’t be a huge annual clean-up either but there will be smaller ones taking place throughout the year. If you or your group are planning to host a clean-up event, Baynanza is supporting all activities and providing supplies for the events including Baynanza t-shirts and tote bags.
A great plan for families, you can celebrate Earth Day with your children with the virtual puppet show “City Of Trash” on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. During the performance, audience members will be guided through a puppet-building workshop to build their own trash superheroes using household objects. These puppet heroes are then invited to swoop in and save the day in the virtual performance.
Join The Frost Museum on Thursday, April 22, for an afternoon full of Earth Day virtual events. There are events for all ages including its Virtual Live event in partnership with The Everglades Foundation from 4 to 5 p.m. to learn more about how Everglades restoration fights climate change. The Virtual LIVE @Frost Science speaker series will be livestreamed via the museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
6. Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Crandon Park
Key Biscayne’s beloved Crandon Park is holding a special Earth Day beach cleanup on Thursday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Starting on Thursday, April 22, through to Sunday, May 8, you can walk or run toward your health goals in the Earth Day 5K Virtual Run/Walk, a two-week virtual event benefiting the United Way of Miami-Dade. The first 100 registrants will receive a free t-shirt and a medal!
Head on over to Miami Beach’s Botanical Garden on Thursday for a whole afternoon of family-friendly events. Starting at 5:30 p.m. you’ll be able to participate in several activities including a vinyasa class, free Pollinator plant giveaway, an environmental marketplace of local nonprofits and eco products, a film screening at 7:30 p.m. of the environmental film The Biggest Little Farm and chef Allen Susser’s Slowfish fish taco stand.
South Beach’s SLS Hotel is inviting all guests and locals to meet up at Clear View Kayak on Collins and 23rd at 10 a.m. to take part in a canal cleanup in Miami Beach. Kayaks, paddleboards, garbage bags, and gloves will all be provided. After the event, guests are invited to return to SLS South Beach for complimentary Ketel One cocktails at their beach huts and relax by the sea. Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds will go to supporting SLS’s partners with supplies to continue the fight against pollution.
Through Sunday, May 2, Zoo Miami is hosting mobile in-park scavenger hunts that’ll take you through three educational missions to save our planet from environmental threats. The scavenger hunts take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and guests who complete 1 – 2 missions will receive a participation prize. Those who complete all 3 get a chance to spin an exclusive prize wheel with special Zoo Miami-themed goodies and be entered into a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Zoo Miami animal painting!
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