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Looking for family-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day this year? There are 14 upcoming events in the Gainesville area, including FREE admission to National Parks, an Earth Day Celebration at the Florida Museum of Natural History and three different children's events at local library branches! At these events and more, families can learn about our earth and the animals that call it home through hands-on activities, demonstrations and games. All of the events on this list are FREE or have a small suggested donation.
Earth Day is April 22.
1. FREE Admission to National Parks – Explore the five beautiful National Parks in Florida for FREE from April 16 through April 24, in honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday! To see a list of the National Parks located in Florida, visit the Fun4GatorKids website!
2. Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation Spring Safari – Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, located in Gainesville, is having an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, April 16, from 10 am to 3 pm! Roam through the wildlife conservation where you can see 70 animals, from giraffes to hyenas! There will also be lion and tiger feeding demonstrations, entertainment and local food trucks. The event is donation-based, and all proceeds will support the foundation in their effort to care for these animals.
3. FLMNH Earth Day Exploration - Celebrate EARTH DAY at the Florida Museum of Natural Historythis Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm! Outdoor children's activity area, vendors, hands-on activities and more! Be sure to stop by the Fun4GatorKids tent to make an adorable pinwheel to take home!
4. Harn Museum Family Earth Day – From 1-4 pm, stop by the Harn for a family-friendly tour that will focus on the wonders of nature across time and cultures! After the tour, the kids can make landscape collages and animal sculptures using natural and recycled materials!
5. Family Nature Walk with Alachua Audubon – Join Alachua Audubon for a guided tour through Gainesville to spot birds in urban settings. To join the tour, families should meet at the Thomas Center at 9 am on Sunday, April 17. Loaner binoculars are available if you pre-register.
6. Archer Library Earth Day Celebration – Head to Archer Library on Sunday, April 17, from 3-4 pm for an Earth Day Celebration! TribalNature Dancers – a local dance troupe – will perform multi-cultural dances and songs to honor Mother Earth.
7. SFC Zoo "Living with Gopher Tortoises" Lecture – This "lecture" will be a blast for kids! Learn about gopher tortoises through fun crafts and games on Monday, April 18, from 6:30-9 pm at the Santa Fe Zoo!
8. Headquarters Library Earth Day Butterflies – Celebrate Earth Day at the Headquarters Library on Wednesday, April 20, from 2-3 pm! The program will include stories, live butterflies and a fun craft.
9. Morningside Nature Center Spring Native Plant Sale – Take a trip to Morningside Nature Center on Saturday, April 23 for their popular Native Plant Sale, where you can learn about and purchase plants native to Florida to plant in your yard. The kids will enjoy seeing the farm animals at Morningside, too!
10. High Spring Library Earth Day - Head to the High Springs library branch on Friday, April 22, for a fun Earth Day activity! Kids will have the chance to make S'mores in a "cardboard box oven" that relies on the sun to provide the heat!
11. Millhopper Library Earth Day Celebration – Join "Mother Nature" at the Millhopper Library on Friday, April 22, from 3:30-4:30 pm for a special Earth Day event! Children will have the chance to use the power of the sun to make pictures, plus make crafts using recycled and re-purposed materials!
12. Earth Day at Dudley Farm – Plan a trip to Dudley Farm on Saturday, April 23! For only $5 per vehicle, families can explore this 1880s farm and participate in special Earth Day themed projects and demonstrations!
13. Earth Day Spring Fest at Repurpose Project – Repurpose Project is an amazing location for an Earth Day festival! This store sells only repurposed items, and on Saturday April 23, families can visit for a day full of games, music and more! Other activities include: the Physics Bus (a mobile science museum), a hands-on exhibit featuring bicycles that generate electricity, and Adventure Play GNV (a pop-up playground made with repurposed material). The event has a $3-$5 suggested donation.
14. Tree Fest at First Magnitude – On Saturday, April 23, from 1-11 pm, families can help the environment having fun at First Magnitude! Five trees will be planted for every beer purchased, plus there will be food trucks and family-friendly activities. This event is fun for the whole family!
Happy Earth Day from Fun4GatorKids!