Calendar: Earth Day South Florida

Event Description

Celebrate Earth Day like never before with nine South Florida organizations uniting for one cause, our planet Earth. Explore some of the many magnificent wonders that Earth has to offer, including animals and plants, while also digging deeper into key environmental challenges facing our planet, and community, today. Connect with us virtually and join our mission to keep South Florida and the rest of our Earth thriving for the next 50 years and beyond. We're all on this planet together. The world needs you—and your actions—for Earth Day 2020. Join throughout the day as these South Florida organizations present a number of family-friendly programs via digital platforms. #SFLEarthDay #EarthDay2020

South Florida Celebrates Earth Day

9am | Biscayne National Park, YouTube (prerecorded)
Go Native with Biscayne National Park @Home

Gary Bremen, Biscayne National Park Ranger
Want a yard that's low maintenance, saves you time, has benefits for the planet AND lets you experience a little bit of Biscayne National Park @Home? Go Native! Learn about some of the plants found in Biscayne National Park, while also learning about the benefits of a native garden. Watch now.

11am | Everglades Foundation, Facebook (prerecorded)
Protecting our Everglades and Connecting to our Watershed: From Home and Always
Bianca Cassouto, Education Program Manager and Kimberly Gooch, Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator (Orlando Area)
Do you know where your water comes from? There are 8.7 million residents of south Florida (1 out of 3 Floridians) who rely on the Everglades for their water supply. Join us to learn more about The Everglades Foundation's educational programming as we navigate through the Everglades watershed using an interactive presentation focusing on water usage, where our water comes from, and the importance of the Everglades ecosystem. Understanding the Everglades watershed ensures future generations of Floridians understand the ecological and economic value of the Everglades ecosystem. Water is important to the health of the Everglades, and the health of the Everglades is important to us! https://www.facebook.com/EvergladesLiteracyProgram/

12pm | Museum of Science and Discovery (MODS), Zoom Live
Turtley Amazing Sea Turtles
Brenda Boddiger, Marine Turtle Permit Holder and Programs Manager, Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), and Kelly Martin, President, Florida Leatherbacks Inc.
On Earth Day, let's shellebrate with sea turtles! South Florida is one of the most important places in the world for sea turtle nesting. Where do they go after they leave our beaches? Join us as we share insights from nearly 20 years of tagging and tracking leatherbacks in South Florida, and how our actions locally can have impacts on conservation globally. Learn about one of the Museum's celebrities and an ambassador for his vulnerable species, MODS' resident loggerhead sea turtle, George, before he swims out to sea! RSVP: mods.org/earthday2020

1pm | Palm Beach Zoo, Website (prerecorded)
PBZ-TV Tiger Tuesday

Mike Terrell, General Curator, Janice Hudson, Zoologist, and Sherry Currens, Carnivore Supervisor
Join Palm Beach Zoo for a three-part series about their Malayan tigers, including a brief introduction to the three tigers, a behind-the-scenes look at the relationships between the tigers and their zoologists, and a special segment focused on tiger mating and an up close look at a tiger sonogram. https://www.palmbeachzoo.org/activities

2pm | Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science), Facebook Live
Virtual LIVE@Frost Science: Little Steps to Make Big Changes for Nature
Shannon C. Jones, Conservation Programs Manager, Frost Science
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, join Frost Science as they discuss three of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet, and what you can do from home to make a positive change. Learn more about citizen science projects that are making local and global changes, including Frost Science's Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) program and the City Nature Challenge. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/877419176017175/

3pm | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, IG Live (@fairchildgarden)
LIVE with Fairchild's Orchid Biologist Jason Downing: How Students Are Saving Florida's Native Orchid Populations

Jason Downing, Ph.D., Orchid Biologist, Fairchild Tropical Garden
Connect with Fairchild's Orchid Biologist, Dr. Jason Downing to learn more about the Million Orchid Project aiming to reintroduce endangered native orchids to Miami and its surrounding neighborhoods. Discover how with the help of students and volunteers South Florida could become a natural orchid paradise once again! For more information about the project visit https://www.fairchildgarden.org/millionorchid

4pm | Everglades Holiday Park, Facebook (prerecorded)
Take a Bite out of Climate Change

Chris Gillette, Everglades Holiday Park Alligator Expert, Gator Boy and Wildlife Biologist, Photographer & Videographer
Tune in to see Wildlife Biologist & Gator Boy Chris Gillette tell us how alligators and other crocodilians are impacted by climate, temperature and environmental changes in the Florida Everglades as well as other parts of the world. In celebration of Earth Day's 50th anniversary, find out what you can actively do to help protect our environment, get the answers to several FAQs and learn more about Chris' favorite animal, the American alligator. https://www.facebook.com/EvergladesHolidayPark/

5pm | Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Website (prerecorded)
Art + Environment & Getting the Water Right
Conclude your Earth Day celebration with a reflection on the intersections of art and environment with two fascinating and unprecedented discussions bringing diverse artists, writers and scientists together. 

Presentations in partnership with Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE).